KLJT/KFRO Return As Fun Radio

Eleven months after CHR “Breeze-FM” 95.3 KFRO-FM Gilmer/102.3 KLJT Jacksonville went dark in an ownership dispute between siblings Bill & Susie Waller, the stations have returned to their air as CHR “Fun 95.3/102.3“. The stations are being operated by Paul Coates and Mike Huckabee’s East Texas Results Group, which filed to purchase the stations and former Regional Mexican “Kompa-FM” 94.3 KZXM Bullard/103.1 KMPA Pittsburg TX from the estate of Dudley Waller’s Waller Media in May for $1.2 million. KZXM and KMPA are still Silent, but are scheduled to return to the air with KMPA relaunching its Regional Mexican format while KZXM will become Country “94.3 The Bull“. Bill Waller, the former President of Waller Media, has filed a Petition To Deny and a civ...[Read More]

Jack Comes To East Texas

Alpha Media flipped Classic Hits “Sunny 106.5” KOOI Jacksonville/Tyler TX to Variety Hits “106.5 Jack-FM” this morning. KOOI had garnered a 3.5 share in the Tyler/Longview market in the Fall 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings. The move pushes KOOI closer competitively to Townsquare Media Hot AC “Mix 93.1” KTYL and its 5.5 share. Alpha Media, East Texas announced the addition of 106.5 Jack FM to KOOI. The station previously known as Sunny 106.5, switched to Jack FM today, June 26th. For the first time in several years, listeners in East Texas will hear artists such as U2, No Doubt, Lynyrd Skynard, Prince, Adele, The Rolling Stones, Hootie and The Blowfish, and many more. Jack plays songs that people know and can sing along with, making it perfect for work and pla...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 11/4

Station Sales William Pollack’s Pollack Broadcasting is acquiring Richard Jakle’s three stations in Illinois and Nevada for $2 million. The stations involved in the deal are 1280 WBIG Aurora and 1410 WRMN Elgin IL in suburban Chicago and 1400 KSHP North Las Vegas NV. All three stations carry a mix of Talk and Shopping programming. More from the Chicago Tribune about Jakle’s retirement. Sheridan Broadcasting sells Gospel/Urban Talk “Mix 1080” WUFO Amherst/Buffalo NY to Sheila Brown’s Visions Multi Media Group for $307,331.86. Brown has operated WUFO via LMA since the start of 2014. David Webster’s Trignition Media acquires Spanish Tropical 840 WRYM New Britain/Hartford CT from Eight Forty Broadcasting Corporation for $648,000. Access.1 Communication...[Read More]

East Texas Stations Lock Out Staff & Go Dark

Waller Broadcasting CHR “Breeze-FM” 95.3 KFRO-FM Gilmer/102.3 KLJT Jacksonville and Regional Mexican “Kompa-FM” 94.3 KZXM Bullard/103.1 KMPA Pittsburg TX in the Tyler/Longview market was the scene of some drama on Monday morning as the station’s staff was locked out and charged with trespassing by the owner. As the KFRO-FM/KLJT morning show arrived at the station they found the locks on the door were changed over the weekend. Susie Waller, daughter of recently deceased station owner Dudley Waller arrived with the local police and a letter from her mother granting her power of attorney over her father’s estate claiming that all of the employees had been terminated on Friday. The staff claimed that they were never given any termination notifications and ha...[Read More]

FCC Report 2/7: The Non AM Waiver Action

Amazingly there were some moves this week that did not involve the 250 mile AM translator waiver. The agency acted quickly on many filings from right before the waiver period started so we should see quick action on the multitude of filings made when it started on January 29.

FCC Applications 6/7: Pair Of Stations Sliding Closer To Phoenix

Station Moves 1TV.com’s “Oldies 97.3 KIKO-FM Claypool/Globe, AZ is attempting to make a move to better reach the east side of the Phoenix market. KIKO-FM seeks to shift to 96.5 and upgrade from a Class C3 to a Class C with 32kW at 981 meters (Coverage Map). To make the move happen, Petracom Hot AC “96.5 The Storm” KRFM Show Low would have to relocate to 98.5 with a downgrade from a Class C to a Class C0 with no changes to its 100kW at 303 meters facilities via a Show Cause Order. Just south of Phoenix, East Valley Institute of Technology applies to downgrade its CP for 88.7 KPNG Chandler from a Class C1 to C3 with 15kW at 113 meters (Coverage Map). Another station in the pending Salt Lake City frequency shuffle has applied for its new frequency. Alpha Media’s ...[Read More]

KWRW Completes Tyler Move-In; Flips To Talk

Gleiser Communications has completed the move-in of Classic Hits 97.7 KWRW Rusk, TX into the Tyler market. Now operating on 97.5 licensed to Troup, Gleiser has flipped the station to News/Talk as KTBB-FM. Simulcasting the programming of 600 KTBB/95.7 K239CB Tyler, the addition of the 13kW at 121 meter Class C3 signal to cover the entire Tyler-Longview market. Gleiser as ATW Media purchased KWRW in December for $750,000. The group also owns Sports “ESPN 92.1” KRWR Tyler and “ESPN Deportes 1490” KYZS Tyler.

Station Sales Weeks Of December 26 & January 2

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]

Alpha Media Expands Into Shreveport & Tyler

Alpha will pay $13.75 million for the nine Access.1 stations in Shreveport and Tyler. Original Report 12/22: Alpha Media has announced the acquisition of nine stations in two markets from Access.1 Communications. The deal will bring Alpha up to 83 stations as the company adds Access.1’s stations in Shreveport, LA and Tyler, TX to its holdings. The stations involved in the deal are: Shreveport: Classic Hits 95.7 KLKL Minden, Rock “98 Rocks” 98.1 KTAL-FM Texarkana TX, Urban AC 102.1 KDKS-FM Blanchard, Urban “103.7 The Beat” KBTT Haughton, and Gospel “The Light 980” KOKA Shreveport Tyler: Regional Mexican “La Invasora 96.7” KOYE Frankston, Classic Country “104.1 The Ranch” KKUS Tyler, Country 105.7 KYKX Longview, and Classic Hi...[Read More]

FCC Applications 10/5: Translator On The Move Into Austin

Station Moves Beasley (Soon to be CBS) Sports 560 WQAM Miami has applied to relocate to the tower of Salem’s 1450 WOCN. The owners of the station’s tower site on Virginia Key notified WQAM and co-tenant 1360 WKAT earlier this year that their leases will not be renewed. At the new site where WQAM will join WKAT and WOCN it will drop its daytime power from its current 5kW to 4.1kW. Nighttime power will remain at 1kW. Cumulus AC “Sunny 97.5” WWSN Whitehall/Muskegon, MI applies to increase from 1.7kW at 130 meters to 3kW at 134.2 meters (Coverage Map). Charles Crawford applies for a major change for his CP for 95.9 in Sonora, TX. The station seeks to increase from a Class A to C3 in Cristoval where it will serve the San Angelo market with 25kW at 48 meters (Coverage Map...[Read More]

96X Tyler Stunts And Shifts To Classic Rock

Update 6:30pm: After three hours of stunting with the song snippets, KKTX-FM relaunched at 5pm CDT as “Classic Rock 96.1“. Most of the station’s daily lineup stays the same with John Boy & Billy in morning drive, Don Jones middays, and Chris Ryan afternoons. Weekender Bill Lee moves to nights replacing the syndicated Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx. Original Report 4:30pm: Townsquare Media Active Rock “96X Rocks” KKTX-FM Kilgore/Tyler, TX is stunting with song snippets from a variety of formats. With a domain registration for ClassicRock961.com made by Townsquare last month, it appears the stunt will lead to a musical shift to Classic Rock. KKTX was the lowest rated on Townsquare’s four Tyler/Longview market stations with a 4.4 share in the Spring 2013 r...[Read More]

99.3 KZTK Drops Talk And Gets Powerful

Update 2/16: KZTK has quickly relaunched as a Bilingual CHR “Power 99.3“. Branded with the tag “Maximum Hits”, the station is launching with the prerequisite 10,000 songs in a row with a countdown clock on their new website pointing to Wednesday, March 13. Original Report 2/15: Reynolds Radio Talk/Sports “99.3 Talk-FM” KZTK White Oak/Tyler/Longview, TX has dropped its format. With the move a local general talk show in mornings hosted by Terry Miller and an afternoon sports talk show hosted by Bryan Houston are out along with the syndicated Dennis Miller and Mark Levin. The station is stunting in preparation of launching a new format. In addition to KZTK, Reynolds also operates the Rhythmic CHR simulcast of “The Blaze” 102.7 KBLZ Winona/Tyler ...[Read More]