Elroy Smith Walks Away From Chicago Translator Purchase; Named Summit Media Greenville OM

The deal that was to be the single highest price paid for a single FM translator will not come to pass. Elroy Smith’s Integrity Radio Communications is walking away from its $4.6 million purchase of 100.7 W264BF Englewood, IL from CSN International. Smith instead will head to Greenville, SC where he has been named Operations Manager for SummitMedia’s four stations. Smith had agreed to purchase W264BF in July 2014. It is currently licensed with 2 watts at 442.2 meters from the top of the Willis Center with a Construction Permit to increase to 10 watts (Coverage Map) that has been held up by objections by Digity Media’s “Q-Rock 100.7” WRXQ Coal City, IL due to interference claims. Smith will join SummitMedia’s Greenville, SC cluster on April 1 where he wil...[Read More]

WROO On The Road To New Frequency

Clear Channel Classic Rock “96.7 The Road” WROO Mauldin/Greenville, SC will head down the street next week. The final piece of a multi-market three station shift will see WROO relocate to 104.9. The previous moves saw Clear Channel’s 104.9 WQNS in the Asheville, NC market slide to 105.1 and Byrne Acquisitions Group’s 104.9 WCCP-FM Clemson, SC relocate to 105.5. The move to 104.9 will come with a slight boost in power from 700 to 720 watts at 288 meters. No specific time for the move has been announced other than “next week”.

ESPN Upstate Adds Pair Of FM Signals

Entercom Sports “ESPN Upstate” 950 WORD Spartanburg/1330 WYRD Greenville has added a pair of translators to bring the format to FM. 105.9 W290BW Anderson has completed its move to Greenville where it will rebroadcast 1330 WYRD with 90 watts at 299 meters (Coverage Map). 97.1 W246BU Spartanburg will rebroadcast 950 WORD. W246BU has a STA to operate with 250 watts at 41 meters and a CP to move to 250 watts at 150 meters (Coverage Map). Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) today announced that it had begun broadcasting ESPN Upstate on 105.9FM in Greenville from Paris Mountain and at 97.1 FM in Spartanburg from the WORD-AM tower. Using optimized antennas and the most advanced broadcasting equipment available, ESPN Upstate is now the most powerful and far-reaching sports statio...[Read More]

David DuBose Exits Summit Media

Update 5/15: Summit Media has named Greg Reed as Vice-President/General Manager of their Birmingham stations filling part of the duties held by David DuBose. Reed was the longtime GM of Beasley’s Miami stations and at one time co-owner of what was then known as Beasley-Reed Broadcasting. In August 2013, Reed agreed to acquire six stations in the Pittsfield, MA market but the agreement was withdrawn before closing. Original Report 5/14: David DuBose has exited his position as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Summit Media. DuBose was instrumental in the construction of Summit Media as the then Market Manager of Cox Birmingham partnered with CEO Carl Parmer to acquire the Birmingham, Greenville, Honolulu, Louisville, and Richmond clusters from Cox in early 2013. AllAc...[Read More]

FCC Applications 5/31

Curtis Media Group’s Eastern Airwaves has acquired a pair of translator CP’s in North Carolina. From Community Public Radio, Eastern Airwaves added 97.7 W249CN Fairfield, NC for $125,000. The 250 watt translator will put a city grade signal over Greensboro where it will be used to rebroadcast Curtis’ “Triad Sports” 1320 WCOG. From Bible Broadcasting Network, Eastern Airwaves acquired 94.3 W232CI Fayetteville for $47,500. The 30 watt translator is currently licensed to rebroadcast Bible Broadcasting’s 91.1 WYBH Fayetteville. Saga Communications has purchased 96.7 W244CZ Ithaca, NY from Calvary Chapel Of The Finger Lakes for $60,000. The 250 watt translator will rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 103.7 WQNY Ithaca. Golden Corners Broadcasting’s 104.9 WC...[Read More]

FCC Applications 5/9

Chicago Public Media’s 91.3 W217BM Chicago has applied to move to 91.1. The translator will continue to operate with 99 watts from the John Hancock Center and rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of 91.5 WBEZ. The translator’s coverage should cover much of the city of Chicago. Radio-One’s 97.5 WUMJ Fayetteville, GA which serves as part of the Urban AC “Majic 107.5/97.5” Urban AC simulcast has applied for a very minor change to its signal. The station will increase power from 7.9 to 8.5kW while dropping antenna height from 175 to 165 meters. No major changes in its coverage as it moves to a new tower less than half a mile from its current one. Clear Channel’s 94.3 W232CB Frederick, MD continues its slow move towards Washington, DC. Its newest application cross...[Read More]

FCC Report 3/1: Jacksonville Upgrade Could Lead To Savannah Shuffle

Renda Broadcasting’s “Classic Rock 94.1” WSOS-FM Fruit Cove/Jacksonville, FL has filed an application to upgrade its signal from a Class C3 to C2. The station’s facilities would improve from 5.5kW at 154 meters to 38kW at 147.2 meters greatly improving the station’s city grade signal in Jacksonville itself. In the application, Renda is requesting that the FCC force changes at a pair of Savannah, GA stations. Clear Channel’s “94.1 The Beat” WQBT would be shifted to 95.5, while Cumulus’ “I95” 95.5 WIXV would move to 94.1. Both stations would maintain their current facilities. Should the FCC approve the move, Renda would be responsible for any costs the Savannah stations accrue. INSTANT INSIGHT: It’s doubtful that either ...[Read More]