AM Changes As Marshfield Broadcasting prepares to restore 1510 WMEX Boston, the company has applied to diplex the station with 1260 WBIX Boston. While currently licensed under an STA to operate with 1kW daytime from the WBIX site, WMEX has now applied to operate with 10kW daytime, 2kW critical hours, and 100 watts at night while changing city-of-license to Quincy. The four tower array where WMEX was licensed with 50kW was not included in the sale of the station last year.
FCC Actions Beasley Media Group has entered into a Consent Decree with the FCC over the filing of transfer applications from one holding company to another after the fact. In January, Beasley applied to transfer stations held by WDAS License Limited Partnership, WKIS License Limited Partnership, WPOW License Limited Partnership, WQAM License Limited Partnership, and WXTU License Limited Partnership to Beasley Media Group Licenses, LLC and the transfer of control of that LLC from Beasley Media Group Inc. to Beasley Media Group LLC. Beasley sought to have the transfers granted "nunc pro tunc" or after the fact of their closing on December 31. The FCC has ruled that the applications would not be granted nunc pro tunc and settled with Beasley on a $15,000 civil penalty and the adoption a ...[Read More]
Alpha Media has begun operating Classic Hip-Hop “Hot 100.9” WJXN-FM Utica/Jackson MS under LMA from Flinn Broadcasting and has rebranded the station as “G100.9“. The move comes with the station dropping the Westwood One syndicated programming lineup for Alpha’s in-house music. WJXN-FM becomes Alpha’s seventh station in the Jackson market joining Urban “99 Jams” 99.7 WJMI, Sports “105.9 The Zone” WRKS, Urban AC “Kixie 107.5” WKXI, News/Talk 1180 WJNT, Gospel 1300 WOAD, and Sports “1400 The Fan” WJQS. Flinn had flipped WJXN-FM to Classic Hip-Hop in October 2017.
New South Radio launched a pair of new formats for their AM/Translator combos in Jackson MS in December. 780 WIIN Ridgeland/93.1 W225BK Cedar Hill have gone All-Blues as “Blues 93.1“. WIIN had been simulcasting Classic Country “93.5 The Legend” WHJT. 930 WSFZ/107.1 W296DD Jackson has been running a stunt loop of Neil Diamond’s “Cherry Cherry”. The Clarion Ledger picked up on this in late December and New South GSM Bill Rakestraw told the paper “It’s not ready to be announced yet. But we know it’s happening. It’s not stuck,” after some locals posted on Facebook thinking the station was broken. No word yet on what the long term plans for the station are.
Flinn Broadcasting has relaunched 100.9 WJXN-FM Utica/Jackson MS as Classic Hip-Hop “Hot 100.9“. WJXN-FM had been silent since New South Radio ended its LMA of the station on July 31 when it moved Classic Country “100.9 The Legend” to its newly acquired 93.5 WHJT Kearney Park. The station is utilizing Westwood One’s network including Tony Zazza in mornings from 5-11am, Ms. Eklass from 11am-5pm, and Marcus from 5-11pm.
New South Radio Classic Country “100.9 The Legend” WJXN-FM Utica MS will move to 93.5 on Monday, July 31. The move comes as New South completes the $600,000 purchase of Christian AC “Star 93.5” WHJT Kearney Park from Mississippi College. New South currently leases 100.9 WJXN-FM from Flinn Broadcasting and will terminate that arrangement when it closes on its purchase of WHJT. WHJT and WJXN-FM both serve the Jackson MS market.
FCC Rulings Educational Media Foundation's application for review of the grant of Razorcake/Gorsky Press' LPFM on 92.7 in Pasadena CA has been dismissed. EMF argued that the LPFM would create interference to its 92.7 KYLA Fountain Valley and it should not have been qualified for a second-adjacent interference waiver as it did not include co-channel interference in its filing. The FCC has denied WJBW Inc's petition to review a decision regrading the deletion of 104.5 W283AM Arcadia FL. WJBW sought to move W283AM to 104.7 in Jupiter FL rebroadcasting their 1000 WJBW Jupiter/West Palm Beach after purchasing it and another translator from Azure Media in November 2015. With its Silent STA set to expire on February 2, 2016 the company filed an STA to operate from a temporary facility the da...[Read More]
Station Sales Educational Media Foundation and multiple affiliates of Vic Michael are exchanging eight properties. EMF will acquire Kona Coast Radio’s Hawaiian 95.9 KKHI Kaunakakai HI, Future Modulation Broadcasting’s Hot AC “My 100.7” Kihei HI, and Mountain Community Translators’ 94.5 K233DC Kailua HI, 96.5 K243AM Colorado Springs CO, and 101.7 K269EQ Loveland CO in exchange for 102.9 KMKV Paia HI, 96.5 K243BN Laveen/Phoenix AZ, and 96.5 K243BP Casa Grande AZ. New South Radio adds a sixth station in Jackson MS with the purchase of Christian AC “Star 93.5” WHJT Kearney Park from Mississippi Broadcasters for $600,000. Upon closing of the sale, New South will terminate its LMA with Flinn Broadcasting’s WJXN Utica which currently operates as Cla...[Read More]
Station Sales Entercom has sold 790 WQXI Atlanta to Atlanta Radio Korea for $850,000. Atlanta Radio Korea head Kyung Sook Park owns 1210 WDGR Dahlonega GA and operates 1040 WPBS Conyers GA via Time Brokerage Agreement. WQXI has been simulcasting sister Hot AC “Star 94.1” WSTR since July 2015. John and Robert Landry’s Sugar River Media is acquiring the broadcast assets of Robert and the late Sheila Vinikoor for $1.95 million. The properties included in the deal are News/Talk 99.7 WNTK-FM New London/1490 WUVR Lebanon/98.9 W255CF West Lebanon NH, “Country 1010” WCNL Newport/94.7 W234BN Claremont NH, Classic Country “Real Country 1320” WCVR Randolph VT, and AC “Springfield’s Variety” 1480 WCFR/106.5 W293BH Springfield VT. Concurrently...[Read More]
A slow week on the application front is led by the call letter changes of multiple stations in the Syracuse market following the recent Family Life Ministries deals.
Station Sales While Save KPLU attempts to raise the money to purchase the station, The University of Washington has filed its application to purchase 88.5 KPLU Tacoma, its three simulcasts, and eight translators from Pacific Lutheran University for $8 million following the sale’s announcement in November. As part of the deal, all current employees will be terminated prior to closing and the KPLU call letters are excluded. The other facilities involved in the deal are 88.9 KPLK Sedro-Woodley, 89.3 KVIX Port Angeles, 90.1 KPLI Olympia, 88.7 K204BI Bellingham, 90.1 K211AP Centralia, 90.3 K212AG Raymond, 92.1 K221FR West Seattle, 96.7 K244EV Arial, 100.9 K265DP Aberdeen, 104.7 K284BM Longview and 105.5 K288GG Mount Vernon. Marianne Barton’s Mid-Utah Radio will merge into husband Do...[Read More]