Reading

Reading Gets Loud With Hip-Hop

Major Keystone LLC has signed on Rhythmic CHR “Loud 99.3” W257DI Reading PA fed via Cumulus Media’s 100.7 WLEV-HD4 Allentown. Running commercial-free for the remainder of the summer, the station is positioning itself as “Reading’s Hip-Hop Station”. Operating with 100w/-24m, the translator covers all of Reading and its adjacent suburbs. The new format gives Reading its own younger skewing hit based station as the market was previously reliant on stations from the nearby Allentown, Lancaster, and Philadelphia market. Major Keystone LLC purchased W257DI from Spanish American Civic Association For Equality for $15,000 earlier this year.

Station Sales Week Of 8/11

Ohio Midland Newsgroup agrees to purchase Sports “OV Sports” 1430 WEIR Weirton WV/Steubenville OH and 94.9 W235BX Colliers WV, Classic Hits “106.3 The River” WCDK Cadiz OH/Wheeling WV, and the CP to move 94.7 W234AV Punxsatawney PA to 102.1 Weirton from Priority Communications for $700,000. After acquiring News/Talk “107.7 The Pulse” WTPL Hillsboro/Concord NH along with two other stations from Great Eastern Radio for $2.6 million, Dirk Nadon’s Lakes Media turns around and sells WTPL to Binnie Media for $1.3 million. Binnie has also begun operating WTPL via LMA. Richard Brabandt sells Oldies 1550 WOCC Corydon IN to Dawn Fowler and Timothy Jackson’s Two Hawks Communications for $115,000. St. Francis Mission sells Variety 96.1 KINI Crookston NE ...[Read More]

Spanish Wars Erupt In Eastern Pennsylvania

A battle that started in Philadelphia a couple of years ago is blowing up into a multiple market war between competing Spanish CHR formats and a baffling FCC filing. Victor ‘VJ Mar’ Martinez, who took over operations of “La Ola” 1400 WEST/99.5 W258BM Easton/1600 WHOL Allentown and relaunched it as “Mega 99.5” at the end of 2016, has expanded his station to the neighboring Reading market via American FM Associates’ 92.9 W225CF Reading and Cumulus’ 100.7 WLEV-HD2 Allentown. “Mega 92.9/99.5” gives Reading its second Spanish CHR to go along with iHeartMedia’s “Rumba 1340/92.3” WRAW Reading/92.3 W222BY Laureldale. It will soon gain a third. Quilvio Perdomo’s Radio Sharon Foundation has launched “Latina 92....[Read More]

Station Sales 5/5: $1.8 Million Deal For Phoenix Translator

Translator Sales Hubbard Broadcasting is purchasing 92.7 K224CJ Phoenix AZ from Happy Dog Communications for $1.8 million. Should the deal close it will set a record for highest price for a single translator as Elroy Smith’s $4.6 million deal for a Chicago translator and Big Apple Broadcasting’s $3.5 million deal in New York both collapsed prior to closing. Hubbard already operates K224CJ as “Oldies 92.7” rebroadcasting 1440 KAZG Scottsdale via 93.3 KDKB-HD2 Mesa. Jaemin and Hyunjoo Chang purchase 95.3 K237FL Woodlake CA from Rudex Broadcasting for $150,000. K237FL holds a CP to relocate to 106.3 in Los Angeles where it will rebroadcast HK Media Korean “Radio Seoul 1650” KFOX Torrence. SummitMedia is swapping 102.1 W271BN Birmingham AL to Educational Med...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 4/14

Station Sales After bouncing around multiple stations and translators for a few years, 4-K’s LLLP Sports “Mile High Sports Radio” will gain some stability as it acquires 1340 KDCO Denver and translators 92.9 K225BS Longmont and 104.7 K284CI Denver CO from Vic Michael’s Kona Coast Radio for $464,000. 4-K’s previously has twice sold off the home of the station in the past three years forcing it to move to another frequency. It has operated off of 1340 KDCO since June 2015. Township Media will purchase 1490 KTAE Austin TX from Genuine Austin Radio for $750,000. Township owns two translators and two CPs that will all carry the programming of Americana “Sun Radio” that originates on 103.1 KDRP-LP Dripping Springs. Wilfred & Julissa Marcencia’...[Read More]

FCC Report 2/11: Riviera Seeks STA To Accelerate Phoenix Translator Move

The FCC has quickly acted on the STA request made by Riviera Broadcasting to accelerate its move of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ to Phoenix' South Mountain prior to the granting of its Construction Permit by denying it. The FCC states that "K27OBZ's problems do not justify STA for K241BQ. Nor does the STA request supersede the need for a construction permit before such changes can be made. Finally, we do not consider STA requests made for the convenience of the applicant." K241BQ cannot move to South Mountain until the application is granted. Original Report 2/12: Riviera Broadcasting is seeking Special Temporary Authority to expedite its relocation of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ to the South Mountain Tower Farm just south of Phoenix. Riviera is in the process of acquiring K241BQ...[Read More]

FCC Applications 2/1: Big Upgrades In San Francisco & Cleveland

Educational Media Foundation is preparing signal upgrades for properties in the San Francisco Bay Area and Cleveland. EMF’s 107.3 KLVS Livermore, CA seeks to relocate about 15 miles west of its current location to a new tower site in the Diablo Mountains east of Oakland. KLVS would operate with 4.1kW at 481 meters increasing its coverage into San Francisco and San Jose (Coverage Map) at the expense of its coverage in Stockton and Modesto. In Cleveland, an application filed by iHeartMedia will see EMF’s 106.1 W291BV Solon, OH move to the current auxiliary antenna of CBS’ 102.1 WDOK where it will operate with 200 watts at 264 meters rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of iHeart’s 96.5 WAKS Akron. The new location will give W291BV coverage of all of Cleveland and its nearb...[Read More]

Rumba Rolls Into Reading

Clear Channel will flip “Cool Oldies 1340” WRAW Reading, PA to Spanish CHR “Rumba 1340” on Friday, February 27. The new format will be the first commercial Spanish language station in the market despite it having 15% Hispanic population. Reading native DJ Johnny V, host and mixer on sister Urban “Power 99” WUSL Philadelphia will host a local airshift on Rumba.

Cumulus Begins CBS Sports Radio Transitions

As CBS Sports Radio prepares to debut on January 2, Cumulus has begun the process of rebranding some of their stations away from the ESPN or Fox Sports monikers the stations had been using. Among the stations rebranding so-far: “ESPN 970” KESP Modesto, CA to “Sportsradio 970” “940 ESPN Radio” WINE Brookfield, CT/WPUT Brewster, NY to “Sportsradio 940/1510” “ESPN 95.9” WSJZ Sebastian/Melbourne, FL to “Sportsradio 95.9” “ESPN 102.1” WZAT Savannah, GA to “Sportsradio 102.1” “ESPN Radio 1490” KTOP Topeka, KS to “Sportsradio 1490” “Supertalk 1340” KRMD Shreveport/100.7 K264AS Mooringsport, LA to “Sportstalk 100.7” “ESPN 96.7” WLLF Mercer, PA/...[Read More]

ESPN Goes To FM in Reading

Cumulus Sports “ESPN 1240” WIOV Reading, PA adds an FM simulcast via 98.5 W253AC. The translator had been used to rebroadcast sister AC 100.7 WLEV Allentown since 1995. Along with the change in originating stations, 98.5 has begun operating from its new facilities as it shifts to 1240’s tower in West Reading where it will operate with 100 watts.

107.5 Frank-FM Reading To Return To Christian

With Nassau Broadcasting unable to complete the funding on its purchase of Classic Hits “Frank 107.5” WFKB Boyertown/Reading, PA, the station will revert to its prior ownership on April 1. WDAC Radio Company will revert the station to its former WBYN calls and Christian preaching programming that is currently airing on 1160 in Lehighton, PA and WFKB HD2. Nassau had LMA’d WFKB since 2005 with an option to buy, but was never able to complete the financing. A similar LMA with WRNR Grasonville, MD expired last month.