DJ Broadcasting has flipped News/Talk 1000 WKDE Altavista VA to Oldies “102.1 The Groove” WGVY with a new target market thanks to the addition of its translator. Launching on Thursday, May 24, 102.1 W271DB Altavista’s 99w/194m signal gives the station an FM coverage that includes the more populous Lynchburg area. The new format is being positioned as “Motown, Beatles & More” as it focuses on hits of the 1960s and 70s and creates a crosstown competitor to Lynchburg Radio Group’s “Oldies 103.9/106.9” WHTU Big Island/WZZI Bedford.
The FCC has designated Birach Broadcasting's 1450 WBVA Bayside and 1550 WVAB Virginia Beach for a license renewal hearing. Since Birach acquired WBVA and WVAB in 2008, both stations have been off the air most of the time as the stations lost their former facility due to vandalism in March 2008. From a term running from when Birach closed on its purchase on 4/1/08 through 11/30/17 WBVA operated for a total of 66 days from a temporary facility with 30 watts. WVAB has been on for 357 days during that same period with a 6 watt STA. The stations both applied for a new permanent facility in 2013 but their Construction Permits expired unbuilt. In hearings like this the burden of proof is on Birach to tell the commission why it should be granted renewals of its licenses. The licensee must p...[Read More]
Station Sales Tim McKernan, who currently operates 920 WGNU Granite City IL and 105.7 KPNT-HD2 Collinville/St. Louis with Sports programming from his InsideSTL.com will become a 25% partner in Markel Radio Group’s “590 The Fan” KFNS Wood River/St. Louis. The ownership will be renamed McKernan Radio Group as Markel will pay McKernan $1.25 million over a five year employment contract to program KFNS and move his “Morning After” show to the station for 7-10am weekdays. McKernan, his wife, and one other employee will receive a car allowance from Markel, while McKernan also gains a $50,000 signing bonus, right of first refusal to match any sale of the station or receive $100,000 prior to the distribution of sale proceeds. McKernan will start his morning show on KFN...[Read More]
Station Sales Rob Meredith’s M&M Broadcasting acquires Southern Gospel “Praise 96.3” WJBZ-FM Seymour/Knoxville, TN from Seymour Communications for $900,000 cash and a $100,000 consulting fee to Doug Hutchins paid $1000 per month for 100 months. M&M owns Classic Country “96.7 Merle-FM” WMYL Halls Crossings/Knoxville. Santamaria Broadcasting acquires Regional Mexican “La Raza 1400” KMNV St. Paul and 1470 KMNQ Brooklyn Park, MN from Davidson Media for $1.2 Million minus the prorated amounts already paid from their Time Brokerage Agreement. Lighthouse Radio Group sells Smooth Jazz “105.9 The Wave” KYSJ Coos Bay, OR to John Hunt’s Hunt Broadcasting for $135,000. A November 2014 sale to Post Rock Communications never closed. J...[Read More]
We apologize for the delay in posting as the FCC database was offline most of the weekend. Station Moves Community Media Group AAA “101.5 The Music Place” WVMP Vinton, VA applies to relocate to the top of Mill Mountain just outside Roanoke where it will operate with 1.2kW at 198 meters (Coverage Map).
Station Moves With its CP set to expire next month and unable to receive zoning approval for its new tower height of 87.4 meters, Glory Communications Gospel 95.3 WFMV South Congaree/Columbia, SC has applied to modify the height to a lower 79.4 meters while remaining at the maximum 6kW allowed for Class A’s (Coverage Map). Connoisseur Media seeks new facilities for its two Stroudsburg, PA area FMs. Alternative “Spin 107.1” WWYY Belvidere, NJ will remain on its current tower but increase height to 266 meters while lowering power to 840 watts (Coverage Map). Sister Hot AC 93.5 WSBG will join it on that new antenna with 430 watts at 266 meters (Coverage Map). Down the road in Allentown, Matthew Braccali’s Spanish Tropical “La Ola 1600” WHOL applies to incre...[Read More]
Translator Sales River Vale Media Foundation is selling two New York City translator CP’s to Young Dae Kwon’s Sound of Long Island, Inc. The group will pay $5,000 each for 98.3 W252CS Brooklyn and 101.5 W268BY Queens. Both are currently licensed to rebroadcast 93.5 WVIP New Rochelle, NY. Radio Assist Ministry is transferring 69 translators to sister company Edgewater Broadcasting for no cost. Both groups are run by Clark Parrish. Longport Media is purchasing 92.5 W223CO Atlantic City, NJ from Susan Clinton for $26,000. W223CO will rebroadcast News/Talk 1400 WOND Pleasantville. Bustos Media purchases 93.7 K229AD Yakima, WA from Vincent Shiflet for $25,000. K229AD will begin rebroadcasting Regional Mexican 1020 KDYK Union Gap immediately via a $1 LMA Chalk Hill Communications acq...[Read More]
American University’s Public News/Talk 88.5 WAMU Washington, DC is expanding southward into the adjacent Fredericksburg, VA market. The school is purchasing 89.5 WWED Spotsylvania, VA and its booster in Fredericksburg from Educational Media Corporation for $375,000. American University also owns 88.3 WRAU Ocean City, MD and translators in Frederick and Hagerstown that rebroadcast WAMU. WWED and its sister 91.7 WWEM Rustburg/Lynchburg most recently aired a Classical format billed as “Classics Radio“. The stations went dark last July when the format transitioned to an online operation. WWEM is being sold to Pathway Christian Academy for $136,000. Pathway operates the Christian “GoMix Radio Network” on eight stations in North Carolina. If approved, WWEM will beco...[Read More]
Lynchburg Radio Group flipped Urban AC “Hot 103.9” WHTU Big Island/Lynchburg, VA to Classic Hits “Good Time Oldies 103.9” on Monday. The new format utilizes Westwood One’s new Good Time Oldies network and will compete directly against First Media’s “96.7 3WZ” WWZW Buena Vista in the Lynchburg portion of the Roanoke/Lynchburg market. WHTU had debuted its prior Urban AC format in November 2012.
Most of the applications of note this week were in regards to translators seeking upgrades. Apex Broadcasting is seeking an upgrade of Variety Hits “SC 103.1” WVSC Parris Island, SC from a Class C3 with 11kW at 114.9 meters to a C2 with 50kW at 150 meters. The application also requests the city of license change to Port Royal as Parris Island was absorbed into Port Royal in 2002. After completing its move from 106.5 in Clinton, MO to 106.9 Harrisonville, MO, K295CH seeks to move again to Kansas City where it will operate with 250 watts at 281 meters. The translator would rebroadcast Union Broadcasting’s Sports/Talk “ESPN 1510” KCTE Independence. On the other side of Missouri, Kaspar Broadcasting’s CP for 102.1 K271CB Saint Peters has applied to shift to ...[Read More]
3 Daughters Media, which launched flipped 100.9 WIQO-FM Forest/Lynchburg, VA to Talk in October has expanded the station’s programming to two additional stations. 3 Daughters has begun an LMA with an option to buy new sign-on 102.5 WBZS Shawsville with Flinn Broadcasting. WBZS, which operates with 150 watts at 591 meters, rimshots both Roanoke and Blacksburg. WIQO’s programming is also now heard on 3 Daughters’ 106.3 WMNA-FM Gretna/Danville. The three stations are being branded as “Virginia Talk Radio Network”. The stations feature a local morning show hosted by Brian Weigand and Mari White and an afternoon sports show hosted by Rich Roth and Ed Lane. The rest of the lineup is made up of syndicated talkers Herman Cain, Clark Howard, John Batchelor, Lars Larson...[Read More]