Daniel and Alana Hatfield’s Twin Ports Radio is restructuring as the couple sells a 60% stake in the company to John David Linder and Dwayne Megaw for $14. Upon completion of the deal Daniel Hatfield’s stake in the company will drop from 50 to 40 percent, Linder will own 40%, and Megaw the other 20%. Alana Hatfield’s 50% stake will be eliminated. Twin Ports Radio owns Sports “92.1 The Fan” WWAX Hermantown and “The Jock” 1490 KJOQ/100.9 K265DO Duluth MN. Bob & Ashley Stevens’ Broadcast Communications purchased the license assets of 1410 KQV Pittsburgh PA in January for $55,000. Now as they prepare to move the station to a new transmitter site, they are transferring the station to their Broadcast Educational Communications Inc. for no char...[Read More]
After selling off its other Duluth MN stations to Midwest Communications and Minnesota Public Radio, Red Rock Radio has found a buyer for Sports “92.1 The Fan” WWAX Hermantown and 1490 KQDS Duluth. Dan Hatfield’s Twin Ports Radio LLC will acquire both stations for $200,000. Northpine.com reports that Hatfield, who also serves as head of local Christian network Refuge Media Group, will move the stations into the studios of network flagship 89.5 WJRF Duluth while retaining the current Sports format. Twin Ports Radio will begin operating WWAX and KQDS via Time Brokerage Agreement on Monday, May 1. This is to announce that a contract has been signed and an application is being filed with the FCC for the assignment of radio stations WWAX(FM), Hermantown, and KQDS(AM), Duluth, ...[Read More]
Red Rock Radio continues the sell-off of its assets with the sale of Rock “94X” 104.3 KZIO Two Harbors MN and 94.1 K231BI Duluth MN to Minnesota Public Radio for $300,000. Red Rock Radio has been selling off its radio properties over the past year including the divestiture of Classic Rock “KQ 95” 94.9 KQDS-FM Duluth to Midwest Communications. Following this sale it still retains Sports “92.1 The Fan” WWAX Hermantown and “NBC Sports Radio 1490” KQDS Duluth in addition to “Fox 21” KQDS-TV. Minnesota Public Radio intends to convert the station to non-commercial status. It already operates its Public News/Talk network on 92.9 WSCD-FM Duluth, Classical on 100.5 WSCN Cloquet, and AAA “The Current” on 90.9 W215CG Duluth/WSCN-...[Read More]
Midwest will pay Red Rock Radio $5.625 million for the five stations and three translators it is acquiring. In order to fit 96.1 KGPZ Coleraine under the ownership caps, Midwest intends to divest or surrender the license of Classic Rock 102.9 KMFG Nashwauk MN prior to closing. Northpine.com also adds that Midwest is able to fit KQDS-FM under the ownership limits in Duluth thanks to the launch of a few new non-commercial stations in the market in recent years bringing the market above the 30 station minimum required to own seven in a market. Original Report 8/23: Midwest Communications is acquiring five Minnesota stations and three translators from Red Rock Radio for an undisclosed amount. Midwest will acquire Classic Rock “95 KQDS” 94.9 KQDS-FM Duluth MN and its simulcasters 95...[Read More]
Public News/Talkers in Boston and Salt Lake City seek coverage upgrades and an AM revitalization translator cancels its plans to leave St. Louis.
Minnesota Public Radio will extend its AAA “The Current” brand into Duluth on Monday, February 1. MPR purchased 90.9 W215CG Duluth from Family Stations last summer for $45,000 and just completed the upgrade of the translator to 99 watts at 207 meters (Coverage Map). The translator will rebroadcast MPR’s 100.5 WSCN-HD2 starting at 9:09am on February 1. The station will mostly rebroadcast flagship 89.3 KCMP Minneapolis with the exception of a local music show on weekends to start. The Current programming is also heard on translators in eight other Minnesota cities. Cementing its strong relationship with the area’s music scene and its countless fans from Duluth to points north and east, The Current will broadcast on 90.9 FM and 100.5 WSCN HD-2, beginning Monday, Feb. 1...[Read More]
Update 10/6: 560 WEBC/106.5 W293CT Duluth ended their stunting and launched Classic Rock “Sasquatch 106.5” today. Positioned as “Real Classic Rock For The Northland”, the new format takes direct aim at Red Rocks Radio’s “95 KQDS“. The flip returns the syndicated Bob & Tom show to the market in mornings where it was previously heard on the now-defunct “96 Rock” KDAL-FM. Original Report 10/1: Townsquare Media has dropped the Sports programming of “ESPN 560” WEBC Duluth, MN as it launched an FM translator on 106.5. WEBC and 106.5 W293CT Duluth are currently stunting with Christmas music as “Ho Ho 106.5” as it prepares to launch a new format. While the station is branding itself as “The Northland’s Y...[Read More]
Midwest Communications will launch its seventh Classic Country “Duke-FM” next week. Northpine.com tweeted this morning that CHR 102.5 KDWZ Superior, WI/Duluth, MN will drop its format for the “Duke” brand on Monday, September 21. The move will leave Duluth without a CHR, as Townsquare Media Hot AC “Mix 108” 107.7 KBMX will be the closest. DukeFMDuluth.com was registered last week. Midwest debuted the brand named after CEO Duke Wright in Terre Haute, IN in May 2014 and has since launched it in Appleton/Green Bay WI, Evansville IN, Fargo ND, Knoxville TN, and Lansing MI.
Station Sales American General Media and Hutton Broadcasting are swapping signals in the Santa Fe, NM market. Hutton will send Spanish Adult Hits “Juan 102.9” KLBU Pecos to AGM for “Radio Lobo” 94.7 KKIM-FM Santa Fe, which currently simulcasts 97.7 KLVO Belen/Albuquerque. The deal gives Hutton a much more powerful signal in Santa Fe as 94.7 KKIM-FM is a 100kW Class C1, however the deal may also help American General Media in the adjacent Albuquerque market as the 3.7kW Class C3 signal of KLBU is on the same channel as AGM’s Albuquerque translator 102.9 K275AO. That signal currently rebroadcasts 840 KARS Belen, NM as Alternative “Area 102.9“. Owning KLBU should allow AGM flexibility in upgrading K275AO’s signal. Davis Broadcasting of Atlanta i...[Read More]
Red Rock Radio has announced the flip of Hot AC “Nu 92” WWAX Hermantown/Duluth to Sports “92.1 The Fan” will take place on Monday, March 2. As expected WWAX will simulcast the programming currently heard on 1490 KQDS with most originating from iHeartMedia’s 100.3 KFXN-FM Minneapolis. Red Rock Radio is proud to unveil the first-ever FM sports radio station in the Duluth-Superior market. Effective March 2, 2015, WWAX-FM 92.1 will be known as “92.1 The Fan.” 92.1 The Fan will continue to carry programming from KFXN-FM 100.3 in Minneapolis, highlighted by the Powertrip Morning Show (5:30am-9am weekdays), Paul Allen (9am-noon), “The Common Man” Dan Cole (noon-3pm), and Dan Barreiro (3pm-6:30pm). The Fan will also lead the way in local sports coverage. Starting with...[Read More]