First Listen: “Z62” WZON Bangor, Maine

I’ve been in a lot of Facebook and e-mail group discussions about KQV Pittsburgh. A month after going dark, KQV has been sold and will likely return to the air, but from a new transmitter site, which will make it essentially a suburban AM in its own market. That led to a recent group discussion about how few AMs have the footprint within a sprawling market to be anything more than a rimshotter. Then we started talking about the possible demise of the aircheck site, and the unlikelihood that anybody younger than us would care about the demise of ‘60s/’70s top 40 culture. It was not a cheerful discussion. But don’t get all existential yet. A few hours later, news broke that WZON Bangor, Maine, the liberal talk station owned by author Stephen King, had gone into one of its regul...[Read More]

WZON Flips To Oldies

Stephen King’s (yes that one) 620 WZON Bangor ME has dropped its Liberal Talk “The Pulse” format for Oldies “Z62“. The move marks a return to the branding the station used in its Top 40 and Rock eras in the 1970s and 80s. The new format will focus on hits of the 60s and 70s, just as WZON has been running on its “Z62 Throwback Weekends”. Local morning host Don Cookson will move to sister Classic Rock 100.3WKIT-FM for middays, while the afternoon show “Downtown with Rich Kimball” remains in place from 4-6pm as will the WABI-TV newscast simulcasts from 430-6am and 6-630pm. Out with the change are the syndicated Stephanie Miller and Thom Hartmann shows in daytime and Leslie Marshall, Devils Advocates and Clark Howard at night.

W-Bach Signs Off In Maine

Binnie Media is making changes at three of its Maine properties. The Classical format of “W-Bach” 106.9 WBQX Thomaston and 96.9 W245AA Portland was dropped on Saturday. WBQX is now Classic Hits “Frank-FM“, with the “Classic Hits for Mid-Coast Maine” programming that had been on sister 105.5 WBYA Islesboro. Most of WBQX’s programming originates on 107.5 WFNK Lewiston/Portland in addition to carrying Boston Red Sox baseball and local high school sports. WBYA is now running a loop directing listeners to 106.9 WBQX. Meanwhile 96.9 W245AA Portland has returned to simulcasting Country “99.9 The Wolf” WTHT Auburn/99.3 WBQQ Kennebunk. W245AA had simulcast WTHT until it flipped to the “W-Bach” programming in April 2013. This ends the...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 12/2

Station Sales Following the merger of Port Broadcasting and Aruba Capital Partners announced this week, Port is expanding into Bangor ME with the purchase of Pine Tree Broadcasting’s three AMs and one translator for $172,000. Oldies 1230 WGUY Veazie, Soft AC “94.1 The Wave” 1340 WBAN/94.1 W231CH Bangor, and Classic Country “1400 The Country Road” WCYR Veazie began being operated by Port via LMA on December 1. Charles Begin’s Pine Treen Broadcasting acquired the stations in December 2015 from the estate of Daniel Priestly for $90,000. Roy Henderson sells Country 99.7 KROY Palacios/Bay City TX to New Wavo Communications for $550,000. KROY, which had been simulcasting Country “Texas Mix 105.3/94.9” KTWL Hempstead/KHTZ Ganado, has begun simulcast...[Read More]

WWNZ Bangor Jumps On The Country Road

Pine Tree Broadcasting has flipped recent acquisition 1400 WWNZ Veazie/Bangor ME to Classic Country “The Country Road“. The station had previously been operating a News/Talk format to complement sister News/Talk 1340 WVZS. It is the second flip at the cluster since taking over following Oldies 1230 WGUY/94.1 W231CH becoming a simulcast of Soft AC “93.7 The Wave” WRMO Milbridge. GM Paul Dupuis described the new station to Fox Bangor as “playing the greatest hits from the decades back, from Waylon and Willie, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, the early Reba McIntyre and George Strait collection.”

Maine Public Broadcasting To Launch Classical Network

Maine Public Broadcasting will launch a second network on Monday, May 9. Maine Public Classical will launch across the network’s HD2 signals and on 91.5 WFYB Freyburg, 99.7 W259BY Waterville, and 106.1 W291CO Bangor. The group is planning on further acquisitions across the state to bring the programming to analog signals. Maine Public Classical will feature local programs Morning Classical with Robin Rilette, Jazz tonight with Rich Tozier, and Down Memory Lane with Toby Leboutillier along with national content to fill out the lineup. With the launch of the second Classical network, the primary Maine Public Broadcasting Network will add additional spoken word programming in place of its current Classical music blocks. Diane Rehm and On Point will move to live clearances, while Here &#...[Read More]

FCC Report 1/24: Way To Increase Power In Dallas

FM Changes Way Media’s recently acquired 89.7 KAWA Sanger TX seeks to increase its coverage in Dallas by upgrading from a Class C1 to C0. KAWA will increase power from 14 to 45 watts from its current 518 meter antenna (Coverage Map).

Station Sales Week Of 1/22: Lots Of Deals Before Translator Waiver Period

Translator Sales Beasley Media purchases Hope Christian Church’s CP for 97.1 W246CT Salem NJ for $25,000. Beasley plans on moving W246CT to 104.9 in Philadelphia with 99 watts rebroadcasting Brokered Talk 860 WWDB. Priority Radio sells two translator CPs. 104.5 W283BY Toms River NJ goes to World India Radio for $60,000 to rebroadcast 1310 WXMC Parsippany-Troy Hills NJ. 103.7 W279BA East New Market MD is sold to TLBC Holdings for $65,000 to rebroadcast Spanish CHR “La 1320” WVNZ Richmond VA on 101.7. Eastern Shore Radio purchases 96.1 W241BZ Berryville VA from the Sister Sherry Lynn Foundation for $40,000. W241BZ will be paired with 1330 WESR Olney-Onancock in the AM translator waiver period. Priority Communications, Edgewater Broadcasting and iHeartMedia made a three-way ...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 1/7

Station Sales 62 And Even II is acquiring Sports “1490 The Jock” KXLQ Indianola/Des Moines from Birach Broadcasting for $300,000. The buyers are made up of the owners and management team of Iowa based construction company The Rasmussen Group. After beginning to operate AAA 91.9 WNTI Hackettstown NJ in October, The University of Pennsylvania has filed its deal to purchase the station for $1.25 million with up to $250,000 potentially subtracted to pay for costs incurred in relocating the station’s tower site. Divine Word Communications is converting its brokering of 1330 WCVC Tallahassee FL to a purchase from WCVC Inc. for $10,000. After purchasing their other Bangor ME stations in December, Pine Tree Broadcasting is acquiring News/Talk 1340 WNZS Veazie ME from Waterfront C...[Read More]

Wave Expands To Bangor

Following its announced purchase of Oldies 1230 WGUY Veazie/94.1 W231CH Bangor ME last week, Pine Tree Broadcasting has flipped the pair to a simulcast of their Soft AC “93.7 The Wave” WRMO Milbridge/Bar Harbor. The flip gives Bangor a third AC along with Blueberry Broadcasting’s “94.5 Kiss-FM” WKSQ and Stoney Creek Broadcasting’s “Star 97.7” WNSX Winter Harbor. WGUY/W231CH will continue to carry University of Maine basketball and baseball around the WRMO simulcast.

Station Sales Week Of 12/24

Station Sales Pine Tree Broadcasting is acquiring two AMs and a translator from two companies held by the estate of Dan Priestly. Innovative Advertising Consultants sells “Oldies 94.1” 1230 WGUY Veazie and 94.1 W231CH Bangor ME, while Waterfront Communications sells News/Talk 1400 WWNZ Veazie for a combined $90,000. Pine Tree will begin operating both stations via Time Brokerage Agreement on Monday, December 28. Pine Tree also owns Soft AC “93.7 The Wave” WRMO Milbridge ME. Rocking M Media is purchasing Oldies 92.7 KWME Wellington and News/Talk 1130 KLEY/100.3 K262CQ Wellington and News/Talk 1550 KKLE Winfield KS from Johnson Enterprises. The purchase price has been redacted from the FCC filing. Michael Wrenn and Becky Cole’s My Country Radio are purchasing &#...[Read More]

FCC Applications 2/26: Pair of Milwaukee AM’s Gaining Translators

A very brief rundown this week with just a few applications made: We start in Milwaukee, where two AM’s appear headed for the FM band. The Milwaukee Radio Alliance has agreed to purchase 100.3 W289CB Milwaukee from Mary Medicus for $150,000. The translator CP, currently licensed to operate with 12 watts at 67.9 meters, will be used to rebroadcast Standards “1290 Martini Radio” WZTI. Meanwhile Kevin J. Youngers’ 105.7 W289CB Milwaukee has applied to relocate to 105.1 where it will operate with 10 watts. The application specifies Entercom’s “SportsRadio 1250” WSSP as the originating station. Reach Communications has proposed relocating 107.3 W297BB De Bary, FL into Orlando operating with 250 watts at 129 meters. The translator will rebroadcast an HD ...[Read More]

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