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]
Update 10/21: The stunting has come to an end at Entercom’s 96.3 W242BX/WFBC-HD2 Greenville, SC as the station flipped today to Urban “96.3 The Block“. The 5pm launch came following a decoy announcement from “Simon” at noon to throw competitors off the scent. The new format positions W242BX up against SummitMedia Urban AC “107.3 Jamz” WJMZ and Rhythmic leaning CHR “Hot 98.1” WHZT. The new “Block” picks up the syndicated Steve Harvey morning show to compete against Tom Joyner on WJMZ starting on November 2. Today, Entercom Greenville announced the launch of the New 96.3 The Block. 96.3 The Block plays the best hip hop and R & B with superstar Steve Harvey in the morning. 96.3 The Block launched with 10,000 songs in a row...[Read More]
Over the past week we have become aware of a few format changes that have taken place over recent months that have not been reported anywhere. Starting in Lubbock TX, Walker Broadcasting & Communications gave 1420 KJDL its third format of the calendar year. Originally CHR “Z98.5” paired with K253BD Lubbock, the station assumed the Alternative format and “Edge” branding from 105.7 KRBL Idalou in February. After the translator moved to 98.7 as K254CI, the format was flipped at some point in August to Classic Country “Raider 98.7“. Considering the station’s website is still 1057Edge.com, it’s not really a surprise the station isn’t up on letting the world know about the new format. Salem Communications quietly launched Soft AC “...[Read More]
It wasn’t St. Louis as we first speculated, but iHeartMedia has flipped Classic Rock “104.9 The Road” WROO Mauldin/Greenville, SC to “Real Rock 104.9“. The station is the latest iHeart station to shift to the “Man Up!” positioning with an 80s/90s centric Classic Rock playlist. The move slides WROO away from a direct competition with Entercom’s “Classic Rock 101.1” WROQ and shifts it more in-between WROQ and Active Rock “93.3 The Planet” WTPT. WROO has hovered around a 1.0 share for the past year. It moved from 96.7 to 104.9 in June of 2014.
Translator Moves Educational Media Foundation’s 96.5 K243BN Laveen, AZ applies to open up its directional pattern to increase coverage to the east and west while remaining at its current 250 watts at 278.6 meters antenna on Phoenix’s North Mountain. K243BN will likely be heading towards a signal conflict with 1TV.com’s 97.3 KIKO-FM Claypool, which applied last month to upgrade to a Class C on 96.5. K243BN will change its originating station to an HD subchannel of iHeartMedia’s 99.9 KESZ Phoenix (Coverage Map).
Salem Media has signed-on 95.9 WLTE Pendleton, SC. The new signal will simulcast Classic Hits “103.3 Earth-FM” WRTH-FM Greer expanding the format’s coverage west of Greenville into Anderson and Clemson. Salem acquired the CP for WLTE last September from Georgia-Carolina Wireless for $550,000.
Translator Applications It’s not the upgrade to 99 watts that 103.9 W280EM Chicago stated they were going to file for, however Windy City Broadcasting is seeking to increase power while lowering antenna height. The translator will shift from 15 watts at 536 meters to 17 watts at 341 meters from the John Hancock Tower in downtown Chicago (Coverage Map). Charles Crawford’s 94.1 W231CU Miami continues its move down the dial as it upgrades its signal. The next move will take it to 104.7 from the North Miami tower of ten full powered FM’s where it will operate with 99 watts at 231 meters rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of iHeartMedia’s 93.9 WMIA-FM (Coverage Map). Educational Media Foundation’s 89.3 K207DU Spring Valley/Las Vegas, NV seeks to modify its existing CP...[Read More]
Translator Moves In the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Community Public Radio’s (soon to be iHeartMedia’s) CP for 97.5 W248BV Cumming, GA seeks an increase to 250 watts at 241 meters (Coverage Map). W248BV will rebroadcast 105.7 WRDA Canton. Americom’s 96.9 K245BV Incline Village, NV seeks to relocate to Reno with 250 watts at 151 meters continuing to rebroadcasting CHR “Alice 96.5” KLCA Tahoe City, CA (Coverage Map). Salem’s 103.1 W276CR Bradenton, FL proposes an increase to 250 watts at 97 meters rebroadcasting Conservative Talk 930 WLSS Sarasota (Coverage Map). Ted McCall’s 94.9 W235BM Mauldin/Greenville, SC applies to drop its antenna height from 289.8 meters to -64 meters while remaining at 250 watts. The translator rebroadcasts “La Jefa...[Read More]
Note To Readers: Starting this week we will be breaking the FCC Applications column into two parts. This part will continue to include station modifications and call letter changes. The second part to be published on Fridays will be a rundown of all station sales. The big story this week was the FCC denying Way Media’s application to relocate 91.5 W218CR Central City, KY to 103.7 in Tell City, IN where it would’ve rebroadcasted Hancock Communications’ 1230 WTCJ Tell City. The “Tell City Waiver” would’ve enabled Way Media to not go through multiple hops to relocate W218CR to its intended destination. The FCC decided that any sweeping change to its policy would better be served via a rulemaking. More details at BroadcastLawBlog.com. Station Moves After com...[Read More]
Translator Moves Steve Hedgwood’s Core Communicators recently launched Urban Oldies “Old School 99.3” on Edgewater Broadcasting’s W257DF Dallas, GA rebroadcasting 1010 WTZA Atlanta. Now the translator applies to move to downtown Atlanta with 99 watts at 263 meters (Coverage Map). Radio-One may be adding an additional FM signal in Baltimore. Hope Christian Church of Marlton is seeking to move 102.3 W272BJ Fairlee, MD across Chesapeake Bay where it would operate with 99 watts ant 335 meters rebroadcasting Radio-One’s 1010 WOLB Baltimore (Coverage Map). The translator won’t have to worry about interference complaints from co-channel 102.3 WWMJ Bethesda as it is owned by Radio-One. Community Education Foundation is inching 94.7 K234CL Dolan Springs, AZ towar...[Read More]
Sales & Moves Primera Iglesia Evangelica de Apostoles y Progfeta’s 106.1 K291CE Rosenberg, TX has been sold to The RAFFT Corporation for $100,000, a $50,000 time brokerage agreement, and providing the seller with a replacement translator for no cost. The sale comes after K291CE applies to increase to 250 watts at 463 meters to expand its coverage of Houston and its southwestern suburbs. It will rebroadcast Cox Media’s 107.5 KGLK-HD3 Lake Jackson. The Estate of John W. Pike has sold 95.9 W240AJ Endicott, NY to Montrose Broadcasting Corporation for $10,000. Concurrently, the translator applies to relocate to 95.5 with 100 watts at -1 meter rebroadcasting 800 WPEL Montrose, PA (Coverage Map). Barrow Radio Broadcasting acquires 96.3 W242AU Athens-Clarke County, GA from Communi...[Read More]