Rock 108 Waterloo/Cedar Rapids Appoints Russ Mottla As Program Director

NRG Media Rock “Rock 108” 107.9 KFMW Waterloo/Cedar Rapids IA has appointed Russ Mottla as its new Program Director. Mottla joins KFMW from Cumulus Media New London CT where he was programming Classic Rock “102.3 The Wolf” WMOS. He has a long heritage in Rock and Alternative radio where he was the first PD of 101.7 WFNX Boston as well as programming 92.7 WDRE Long Island, KTYD Santa Barbara CA, WHEB/WGIR Manchester NH, and a long run at “98 Rock” WIYY Baltimore. Mottla also briefly served as VP/Programming of Envisage Radio Group where he developed and co-hosted the syndicated Rock All Night with Mikey Esparza in 2013. NRG Media’s “Rock 108” (KFMW) welcomes veteran rock programmer Russ Mottla as Program Director. Mottla’s career includes the VP/Programmi...[Read More]

Party Is On In Waterloo

NRG Media flipped Sports “ESPN 1330” KWLO Waterloo, IA to CHR “107.3 The Party” at midnight Sunday. Utilizing its new 107.3 K297BS Waterloo translator, the 250 watt at 111 meter signal covers all of greater Waterloo and Cedar Falls (Coverage Map). The new format gives a CHR competitor to Cedar Rapids Divestiture Trust’s “Q92.3” KKHQ. The new station is being overseen by veteran programmer and manager Jack Taddeo, who is GM for all of the NRG Waterloo cluster. NRG Media acquired its Waterloo cluster last August from Woodward Communications. “The Party” joins Classic Hits 105.7 KOKZ, Active Rock “Rock 108” 107.9 KFMW and News/Talk 1540 KXEL.

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]

FCC Rejects Townsquare Bid To Restore Three Stations From Trust

The FCC has rejected Townsquare Media’s bid to pull CHR “Q92.3” KKHQ-FM Oelwein, Classic Rock 97.7 KCRR Grundy Center, and Country “K98.5” KOEL-FM Cedar Falls, IA out of the Cedar Rapids Divestiture Trust. The agency ruled that Townsquare’s bid for a waiver to return the stations was inadvertently filed as a company must wait two years between market definition changes. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls market was disbanded in Spring 2012 after Bahakel Communications stopped subscribing to then Arbitron. Townsquare and Nielsen Audio (successor to Arbitron) agreed to restore the market starting with the Spring 2014 ratings period and the deal was filed in August 2014 to attempt to bring the stations out of the trust. With the ruling the three stations will return ...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 2/13

Station Sales Radio Disney continues its sell off as 990 WMYM Miami is sold to Actulidad Radio Group for an as yet undisclosed price. Actulidad operates Spanish News/Talk trimulcast 1020 WURN Kendall/1040 WLVJ Boynton Beach/107.1 WURN-FM Key Largo. Adib Eden, President of Actulidad Radio Group states his intent to use the 990 signal to improve the reach of its news programming in South Florida. Westplex Broadcasting is transferring Rock “100.7 The Viper” KFNS-FM Troy, MO to Viper Broadcasting for the assumption of $318,750 in debt. The new ownership group is made up of two of the previous’ partners. Steve Kaspar will retain his 40% stake, while Chris Blevins increases from 20% to 60% as John & Brandy Scheper exit. A previous restructuring in November 2013 never close...[Read More]

NRG Media Acquires Woodward’s Waterloo Stations

Update 8/25: NRG Media will be paying $3.55 million for the four Woodward stations in Waterloo. Original Report 8/22: NRG Media has acquired Woodward Communication’s four stations in Waterloo, IA for an as yet undisclosed price. Included in the sale are Classic Hits 105.7 KOKZ, Active Rock “Rock 108” 107.9 KFMW, Sports “1330 ESPN Radio” KWLO and News/Talk 1540 KXEL. NRG Media CEO Mary Quass said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to add the stations in Waterloo/Cedar Falls to our platform. We continue to look for great radio properties that are located in the Midwest and are an integral part of the communities they serve. NRG is pleased to be adding these strong stations to our company of great local radio stations.” “WCI is pleased t...[Read More]