Ocala

Station Sales Week Of 8/24: Sale Leads To Format Change In Sylacauga AL

Lake Broadcasting Inc. agrees to purchase News/Talk 1340 WFEB and 100.9 W265DV Sylacauga AL from Powers Broadcasting Company for $150,000. The buyer, who owns “Kowaliga Country 97.5” WKGA Goodwater AL, began operating the station via Time Brokerage Agreement on August 1 and flipped the station to AC “B101” this week. After beginning to operate 88.1 WCRJ Jacksonville FL via LMA on August 1, Radio Training Network will purchase the station from Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting for $2.25 million. Craig Hanson’s Redrock Broadcasting is expanding in St. George UT with the acquisition of the Construction Permit of 104.1 KSGX Toquerville UT from Audion Communications for $225,000. Redrock owns Classic Hits “Kool 98.9” KRQX Hurricane, Country “102....[Read More]

Gold 99 Expands To Gainesville

Update 6/4: RDA Broadcast Holdings has closed on its purchase of 99.5 WBXY LaCrosse/Gainesville and begun simulcasting Adult Standards “Gold 99” 99.7 WGMA Silver Springs Shores/Ocala. The former “Party” Dance format remains on 100.9 WXJZ. Original Report 3/19: RDA Broadcast Holdings has launched Adult Standards “Gold 99” 99.7 WGMA Silver Springs Shores/Ocala, FL. The station is utilizing Westwood One’s America’s Best Music programming feed. When RDA closes on its purchase of 99.5 WBXY La Crosse/Gainesville from JVC Broadcasting, the station will begin simulcasting WGMA. While no application for the call letters has been made, the station’s website identifies 99.5 as WGMW.

WKSG Swings Onto The Boulevard

Daystar Public Radio has flipped Christian AC 89.5 WKSG Cedar Creek/Ocala, FL to Adult Standards “89.5 The Boulevard“. The new format features a dayparted mix of Big Band, Standards, Jazz, and Adult Alternative artists.

JVC Media Acquires Gainesville/Ocala Cluster

JVC Media, owners of four radio stations on Long Island, have agreed to purchase Asterisk Communications five stations in the Gainesville and Ocala markets in Florida. The stations involved in the sale are Hot AC “92Q” 92.9 WMFQ Ocala, Talk “99.5 The Star” WBXY La Crosse, Smooth AC “100.9 Smooth FM” WXJZ Gainesville, “Thunder Country 102.3” WTRS Dunnellon, and Sports “105 The Game” 104.9 WYGC High Springs. Financial terms of the sale were not yet disclosed. JVC headed by John Caracciolo and Vic “The Latino” Canales own Country “My Country 96.1” WJVC, Spanish “98.5 La Fiesta” WBON, Classic Rock 103.9 WRCN, and Dance “Party 105.3” WPTY in the Long Island, NY market along with Long Isla...[Read More]

FCC Auction 94 Results

After 10 days and 47 bidding rounds, the FCC has completed its auction of 112 new FM allocations. The highest bid went to Robinson Entertainment, LLC which paid $2,015,000 for a Class A at 100.3 in Lake Park, FL. That station will cover West Palm Beach and is headed by Nicholas “Dick” Robinson, the Founder/CEO of The Connecticut School of Broadcasting. $452,000 gave Denise Esserman a Class C3 allocation for 93.7 in St. Simons Island, GA. Esserman is a practicing lawyer in adjacent Brunswick, GA, however her husband Eddie is owner of Country “104.1 The Wave” WRJY and Adult CHR “Magic 105.9” WXMK in the market along with serving as a broker for Media Services Group. Ricardo Arroyo wins a 99.7 Class A in Silver Springs Shores, FL for $449,000 serving the Oc...[Read More]

850 WRUF Gainesville Adds ESPN; Ocala Simulcast

The University of Florida’s “SportsRadio 850” WRUF Gainesville and SportsTalk LLC’s “ESPN Radio Ocala” 900 WMOP/100.1 W261BA Ocala have announced a partnership that will see the two stations merge their programming effective Friday, June 29. The new “ESPN 850/900” lineup will consist of: 6am-10am: Mike & Mike 10am-12pm: Adam Reardon (Was 8-10am on WMOP) 12pm-2pm: Sportscene With Steve Russell (Was 7-9am on WRUF) 2pm-4pm: Scott Van Pelt 4pm-6pm: Larry Vettel (Was 3-6pm on WRUF) 6pm-7pm: The Cheap Seats (Was 6-7pm on WRUF) All other times: ESPN Radio programming or University of Florida/High School Play-By-Play WMOP programming had been heard in Gainesville on 1230 WGGG. No word yet on what will air there.

Big Oldies Gives Way To 92Q in Ocala

Asterisk Communications “Big Oldies 92.9” WMFQ Ocala, FL has dropped Classic Hits after seven years in the format for Hot AC as “92Q“. The station has launched with a full airstaff including a few holdovers from the previous format. More details about the flip at Ocala.com.