EMF To Acquire KUSP Santa Cruz

The bankruptcy trustee for Pataphysical Broadcasting’s former AAA 88.9 KUSP Santa Cruz CA and its four translators has agreed to sell the station to Educational Media Foundation for $605,000. KUSP went dark at the end of July and then filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to begin to pay off creditors. reports that EMF won the bidding earlier this week with its $605,000 bid over KCRW Los Angeles’s $600,000 bid that will be a backup bid should EMF’s acquisition not be approved by the FCC. A third local group, Media Watch/Central Coast Community Radio also submitted a bid. EMF operates multiple signals already in the Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz market. The company’s 90.7 KSRI Santa Cruz and 93.5 K228FD Monterey carry the Christian CHR “Air 1” network,...[Read More]

KUSP Ceases Programming While Continuing To Find Buyer

Pataphysical Broadcasting Foundation AAA 88.9 KUSP Santa Cruz/Monterey CA ceased programming last night. The station originally planned on signing off at the end of June should a new buyer not be found for the station after coming up $190,000 short of its fund-raising goal in May. Local independent public radio station KUSP 88.9fm | will sign off at midnight tonight, ending nearly 45 years of distinguished on-air public service in the greater Monterey Bay Area and more than 20 years online. The move is in response to the station’s current financial situation: monthly expenses exceed monthly revenues and the Board has been unable to secure bridge funds necessary to support a new music discovery format as KUSP transitions away from being a National Public Radio (NPR) member st...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 6/24: Mount Wilson Continues Monterey Sell-Off

Station Sales After selling 95.9 KMZT Big Sur and 103.3 KBOQ Seaside CA to USC last week, Saul Levine’s Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters has sold Country “Z Country 97.9” KYZZ Salinas CA to Educational Media Foundation for $1.25 million. KYZZ will replace Prunedale Educatonal Association’s 89.7 KLVM Prunedale and its three translators as the “K-Love” affiliate for the Monterey/Salinas market. Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa divests Christian “K-Wave” 660 KWVE Oildale/102.5 K273CB Bakersfield CA to XL Media for $200,000. XL Media owns 1560 KZIZ Pacific/Seattle WA and its partners are co-owners in other groups that all carry the South Asian “Radio Punjab” programming. Just months after acquiring then Silent 910 WAVL Apollo PA from Evangel ...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 11/6

Station Sales Roberto Gonzalez’s MBM Radio sells Variety Hits “104.9 Jack-FM” KJAV Alamo and Spanish News/Talk 840 KVJY Pharr in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas to Andrés Bichara’s Bi-Media License for $2.2 million. These are Bi-Media’s first stations, while MBM as R Communications will still retain 3 FMs and 1 AM in the McAllen/Edinburg/Brownsville market. In addition to beginning to operate WJSJ Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville FL as “CBS Sports 105.3“, Neal Ardman’s NIA Broadcasting will purchase the station from Tama Broadcasting’s bankruptcy receiver Scott Savage for $800,000. Lazer Broadcasting is acquiring the Construction Permit for a Monterey/Salinas market rimshot on 98.7 in Greenfield CA from Lotus Communications for $250,000. Th...[Read More]

Hot Hits Debuts In Monterey

Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters has broken its “Z Country 97.9/106.7” simulcast in Monterey, CA. While the Country format continues on 97.9 KYZZ Salinas, 106.7 K294CA Monterey/KYZZ-HD2 has flipped to CHR “Hot Hits 106.7“. The September 1 launch places K294CA between Mapleton Communications Adult CHR “101.7 The Beach” KCDU and iHeartMedia Rhythmic CHR 102.5 KDON. KYZZ had begun simulcasting on 106.7 in March to improve its coverage in and around Monterey. The station relocated to a new tower site right outside Monterey last month while increasing from a Class A to B1 negating the need for the simulcast anymore.

FCC Applications 7/12: Boosting Roanoke’s Music Place

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).

FCC Applications 5/10

Station Moves Lazer Broadcasting Regional Mexican “Radio Lazer 93.1” KXSM Hollister/Salinas, CA applies to change city-of-license to Chualar from a new tower site. From the new location KXSM would operate with 8kW at 100 meters. It would be short-spaced, but not overlap with iHeartMedia’s 92.7 KTOM Marina and American General Media’s 93.5 KZOZ San Luis Obispo. Lazer also has a pending 2013 application to relocate 105.9 KMLY Carmel Valley to the same tower on 95.1 licensed to Gonzales, CA (Coverage Map). Family Life Ministries’ 107.7 WCIG Dallas/Wilkes-Barre, PA applies to shift northeast to a new tower site where it will operate with 2.45kW at 158 meters (Coverage Map). Actualidad Media Group’s Spanish News/Talk 107.1 WURN-FM Key Largo, FL applies to inc...[Read More]

Mount Wilson FM Acquires KIDD Monterey

At the end of 2014, Buckley Radio turned off “ESPN 630” KIDD Monterey, CA with the station’s towers subsequently knocked down. KIDD will receive a new lease on life as Buckley has sold the license for the station to Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters for $50,000 completing the exit of Buckley from station ownership. Mount Wilson will be need to file for a new transmission facility for KIDD before bringing it back on-air, which both groups will work together to get an STA filed within the next thirty days. The $50,000 purchase price includes a two year non-compete against the Buckley principles. KIDD will join a Mount Wilson cluster that includes Classical “K-Mozart” 95.1 K236BK/95.9 KMZT-FM, “Z Country 97.9/106.7” KYZZ/K294CA, Classic Hits “Q103.9 ...[Read More]

KNRY Flips To Adult Standards

Mount Wilson FM has dropped the Classical “K-Mozart” programming from 1240 KNRY Monterey, CA and is currently stunting with non-stop Frank Sinatra as it prepares to flip to Adult Standards “Unforgettable 1240” on Monday, March 30. The station lists Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Harry Connick, Jr.,Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Mel Tormè, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence as core artists in addition to current artists Steve Tyrell, Diana Krall, and Michael Bublé and local “favorite” Doris Day. The Classical programming that had been heard on KNRY will continue on 95.1 K236BK Monterey and 95.9 KMZT-FM Big Sur. Responding to the interest in the great songs of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood, The Great American Songbook retu...[Read More]

Alt Rock Out In Monterey As Z Country Expands

Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters has pulled the plug on Alternative “Alt Rock 106.7” K294CA Monterey, CA. K294CA is now simulcasting sister Country “Z Country 97.9” KYZZ Salinas. The Alternative format had launched in June 2014 being fed by KYZZ-HD2. With 106.7’s coverage area completely within KYZZ’s we do wonder if the new simulcast is the permanent plan. Mount Wilson had registered last December and it is currently redirecting to KYZZ’s site.

Station Sales Week Of 2/27

Station Sales Just months after closing on its acquisition of “Mile High Sports” 1550 KDCO/94.1 K231BQ Golden/Denver, CO, 4-K’s LLLP is transferring the duo to Marco Broadcasting Company for $875,000. Marco is run by Marc “Uncle Kokua” Paskin, a former radio personality turned real estate investor/philanthropist. In addition to acquiring 104.5 KMCQ Covington/Seattle for $7 million, Educational Media Foundation acquires one half of the Classic Country “Bear” simulcast in eastern North Carolina. 98.9 WNBR-FM Bethel/Greenville goes from Coastal Carolina Radio to EMF for $700,000. In a deal not yet filed with the FCC, Mark Jensen’s MWB Broadcasting sells Classic Hits 1370 KAWL and AC “Mix 105” 104.9 KTMX York, NE to Nebraska Rural Rad...[Read More]

KIDD Monterey Goes Dark

Buckley Broadcasting took Sports “ESPN 630” KIDD Monterey, CA off the air on December 31. The move comes following the closing of the sale of Buckley’s other remaining properties to Alpha Media. The move makes the Monterey-Salinas market one of the few in the country without a Sports formatted station, although Cumulus’ 680 KNBR San Francisco puts a city-grade signal into the market. The Monterey Herald reports that Buckley intends to dismantle the station’s towers instead of making necessary repairs to the tower lighting. They are located on protected coastal wetlands in the flight path of the local airport. Buckley intends to sell the license to the station sans tower site instead of turning in the license.