Rapid City

KKLS Rapid City Goes News/Talk

Homeslice Media Corp. has flipped Variety Hits “Smash Hits 104.7” 920 KKLS/104.7 K284BA Rapid City SD to News/Talk “KKLS News Corp“. The station is launching with a morning news block anchored by Brad Anderson from 5-9am and and an afternoon news block from 4-6pm. The lineup also includes syndicated talkers Chris Plante 9am-12pm, Dave Ramsey 12-3pm, The Big Biz Show 3-4pm, Mark Levin 6-9pm, Joe Pags 9pm-12am, and Red Eye Radio 12-5am. Northpine.com reports that the move fills the opening created by Black Hills Broadcasting’s flip of 1150 KIMM/106.7 K294BT to Sports last fall as a competitor to Duhamel Broadcasting’s 1380 KOTA. With the launch of the new format on KKLS, midday host D. Ray has moved to sister Country “Kat 98.7” KOUT to co-host ...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 10/6

Robert Ingstad, Todd Ingstad, and Tallie Ingstad Colville are buying out the 25% stake of sister Tanya Ingstad Knudson in I3G Radio for $50,000. The three remaining siblings will increase their holdings in the company from 25% to 33.3%. I3G Radio LLC owns Farm “AG News 890” KQLX and Farm/Country “Thunder 106.1” KQLX-FM Lisbon/Fargo ND. I3G Radio will then purchase cousin Brooke Ingstad’s Radio Wahpeton-Breckenridge’s Country 1450 KBMW and Hot AC “B92.7” KBMW-FM Breckenridge MN for $925,000. Brooke Ingstad had purchased what became KBMW-FM from Robert Ingstad’s Basin Mediactive in 2016. for $275,000 and 1450 KBMW from her father James Ingstad’s Radio FM Media for $300,000. An LMA for the two stations started on September 1. Aasen P...[Read More]

Pandora Exits Station Ownership

Pandora Media has sold Hot AC “Hits 102.7” KXMZ Box Elder/Rapid City SD to Haugo Broadcasting for $300,000. Haugo owns three other stations in the Rapid City market: Rock “95.1 KSKY” KSQY Deadwood, Country “Kick 104” 104.1 KIQK Rapid City, and Sports “ESPN Rapid City” 1340 KTOQ/105.7 K289AI Rapid City. Pandora had originally agreed to purchase KXMZ from Connoisseur Media in June 2013 for $600,000 and began operating the station via LMA in order to make the company able to pay lower royalties thanks to a loophole in rates paid by broadcast station owners as opposed to internet based operators. The sale was originally denied by the FCC on the grounds of then former foreign ownership rules following a Petition to Deny by ASCAP. Following appeals...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 2/24

Station Sales Impact Radio Group will swap Sports “ESPN Boise” 730 KNFL Boise ID, 92.7 K224EP Boise, and the CP for 106.7 K294DC Boise to Kevin Terry’s Radio Rancho LLC. for 99.1 K256CZ Boise and $35,000. Radio Rancho owns two other FM’s in the Boise market, while Impact will own 1 AM, 4 FMS, and 3 translators in the market upon closing of this deal. The current formats will not be involved in the deal. Radio Rancho is also selling 95.7 KMGR Gunnison UT to Sanpete County Broadcasting for $50,000. The seller has a pending deal to acquire KMGR from Broadway Media’s SLC Divestiture Trust in exchange for two translators. Laurel Media is purchasing Oldies “92 Gold” 92.3 WRRN Warren, Country “Kinzua Country 104.3” WKNB Clarendon, and News/Tal...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 4/29

Station Sales Seven Mountains Media has purchased Farm & Home Broadcasting Company’s Hot AC simulcast “104.5/92.3 The Buzz” 104.5 WNBT-FM Wellsboro/92.3 WNBQ Mansfield PA and Standards 1490 WNBT/92.9 W225AT Wellsboro PA for $400,000. Toccoa Falls College sells its four stations and two translators to Radio Training Network for $2.1 million. The stations involved are Christian AC 90.9 WRAF Toccoa Falls GA and simulcasters 88.5 WEPC Belton SC, 92.1 W221AZ Liliburn GA, and 1480 WPFJ/100.9 W265AZ Franklin NC and Silent 89.7 WTXR Toccoa Falls GA. Family Life Ministries sells Erie rimshot 102.7 WCGM Wattsburg PA to Sam Jordan’s Williamsport Broadcasting for $840,000. WCGM will revert to commercial status and become a sister to Full Service Classic Hits 1370 WWCB Corr...[Read More]

KTPT Rapid City Becomes The Breeze

Bethesda Christian Broadcasting has flipped Christian CHR “97.9 The Point” KTPT Rapid City SD to Christian Worship “97.9 The Breeze“. With the move, BCB is integrating some of KTPT’s former programming into sister “Power 107.1” KSLT. The syndicated Wally Show will move from mornings on KTPT to nights on KSLT. The following letter was posted on the KTPT site to explain the changes: Since 1984, when KSLT first signed on the air, contemporary Christian music has been a part of the airwaves across the Black Hills and beyond. Our style of music was barely known in this area in the mid 80’s, but soon caught on and even helped to birth the Hills Alive Festival 30 years ago. Bethesda Christian Broadcasting (BCB) was formed and up until 1996 KSLT was the on...[Read More]

Gray Television Divests Schurz Clusters To Three Buyers

Gray Television has no intent on becoming radio operators. In its $442.5 million deal to acquire Schurz Communications, the company inherited radio clusters in Lafayette and South Bend IN and Rapid City SD. They have simultaneously filed to transfer each market to a different buyer. The Lafayette stations Rock 93.5 WKHY, Classic Hits 98.7 WASK-FM, CHR “B102.9” WXXB, Country “K105” 105.3 WKOA, and Sports “ESPN 1450” WASK will go to Neuhoff Communications for $8 million. The purchase is the first move of Neuhoff outside the state of Illinois where the company owns clusters in Danville, Decatur, and Springfield and agreed to purchase Connoisseur’s three Bloomington stations a few weeks ago. Neuhoff CEO Beth Neuhoff serves on the Gray Television Board ...[Read More]

Gray Television Acquires Schurz Communications

Gray Television has announced it will acquire Schurz Communications television and radio assets for $442.5 million. While the deal is focused on Schurz’ ten television stations (and six satellites) in seven markets including WDBJ Roanoke, KWCH Wichita and KYTV Springfield, MO, Gray will also add three radio clusters in Lafayette and South Bend, IN and Rapid City, SD. The radio holdings involved in the sale are: Lafayette: Rock 93.5 WKHY, Classic Hits 98.7 WASK-FM, CHR “B102.9” WXXB, Country “K105” 105.3 WKOA, and Sports “ESPN 1450” WASK. Rapid City: CHR “Hot 93.1” KRCS, Hot AC “93.9 The Mix” KKMK, Country “Kat 98.7” KOUT, Classic Rock “100.3 The Fox” KFXS South Bend: Classic Hits “Z94.3” W...[Read More]

FCC Gives Final Approval Of Pandora’s KXMZ Purchase

Update 6/2: The FCC has given full approval granting the transfer of Hot AC “Hits 102.7” KXMZ Box Elder/Rapid City, SD from Connoisseur Media to Pandora Radio. In a supplemental pleading to the FCC as part of its Petition To Deny, ASCAP stated “that Pandora is motivated by obtaining the benefits of copyright licensing payment terms applicable to broadcasters rather than by a sincere desire to become a broadcaster; and that grant of the Petition could lead to the collapse of the collective copyright licensing system, to the detriment of copyright owners, the broadcasting industry, and American society in general”. The FCC responds that “ASCAP fails to establish any likelihood that the KXMZ(FM) acquisition would result in a court victory for Pandora. ASCAP’s pre...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 5/1

Adelman Broadcasting is purchasing 98.5 KGIL-FM Johannesburg, CA from Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters for $110,000. KGIL-FM, which currently simulcasts “Go Country 105.1” KKGO-FM Los Angeles, will become Adelman’s seventh station in the Ridgecrest, CA market. Catholic station operator Real Presence Radio is acquiring 89.9 KQFR Rapid City, SD from Family Stations for $200,000. Real Presence currently owns six stations and two translators in North Dakota. The Julia Cherry Living Revocable Trust purchases silent 1590 WPUL South Daytona, FL for the assumption of debt. Cherry is the manager and 76% owner of Redemptive Strategies Broadcasting’s Regional Mexican “La Jefa 94.9” 1070 WCSZ Sans Sousi/Greenville, SC. The Zellmer Family Trust sells Talk/AC 1470 KVSL Sh...[Read More]

Rapid City Gets Smashed

Homeslice Media Group has launched “Smash Hits 104.7/920” KKLS/K284BA Rapid City, SD. 920 KKLS had been simulcasting on 97.5 K248BT as Soft AC/Oldies “97.5 The Hills“. With New Rushmore Radio spinning off 920 and 104.7 along with Farm “810 The Ranch” KBHB Sturgis to Homeslice earlier this year, 97.5 stayed with New Rushmore and is now simulcasting CHR “Hot 93.1” KRCS Sturgis/Rapid City. To prevent confusion note there is no connection between any of these stations and Townsquare Media CHR “Hot 104.7” KKLS-FM Sioux Falls. Smash Hits is an 80s centric Classic Hits format devised by longtime Baltimore/Washington programmer Jason Kidd.

FCC Applications 12/21

Translator Applications It’s not the upgrade to 99 watts that 103.9 W280EM Chicago stated they were going to file for, however Windy City Broadcasting is seeking to increase power while lowering antenna height. The translator will shift from 15 watts at 536 meters to 17 watts at 341 meters from the John Hancock Tower in downtown Chicago (Coverage Map). Charles Crawford’s 94.1 W231CU Miami continues its move down the dial as it upgrades its signal. The next move will take it to 104.7 from the North Miami tower of ten full powered FM’s where it will operate with 99 watts at 231 meters rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of iHeartMedia’s 93.9 WMIA-FM (Coverage Map). Educational Media Foundation’s 89.3 K207DU Spring Valley/Las Vegas, NV seeks to modify its existing CP...[Read More]

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