SALES – STATIONS
Milwaukee – Craig Karmazin’s Good Karma Broadcasting strikes a $16 million deal to buy news-talk “Newsradio 620” WTMJ and country WKTI (94.5) from the E.W. Scripps Company. The deal also includes the Milwaukee-licensed translator W277CV at 103.3 FM which simulcasts WTMJ. Good Karma Broadcasting already owns sports “ESPN 540” WAUK in the market and it owns three stations in the nearby Madison, WI market. Scripps is selling its radio division and filed a $12.5 million deal in June to sell its five stations in Tulsa, OK to Griffin Communications.
Columbia, SC – Kirk Litton’s Midlands Media Group adds a second station in the market with a $450,000 deal to buy adult hits “Z-93.1 The Lake” WZMJ from Lake Murray Communications. Midlands Media Group already owns country “94.3 The Dude” WWNQ in the Columbia, SC market.
Nevada – Paul Gardner’s Elko Radio Company has struck a $300,000 deal to buy “Pure Country 95.3” KRJC, Elko, NV from Carlson Communications. The deal includes the Elko, NV-licensed translator K255CE at 98.9 FM however it doesn’t include the KRJC studios or building. The station will move into offices that are currently home to Elko Radio Company’s existing cluster in the area which includes adult hits “93.7 Jack FM” KLKO, “104.7 Fox Sports” KEAU, and AC KELK (1250) which simulcasts on the Carlin, NV-licensed translator K240AI at 95.9 FM. Elko Radio Company will operate KRJC under a local marketing agreement until closing. Seller Ralph Carlson, 88, is a member of both the Utah and Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He still owns “Canyon Country 97.1” KCYN and talk “Canyon Crossing 1490” KCPX in Moab, UT. Broker: Kozacko Media Services
Missouri – Alpha Media Group spins-off a trio of stations in an unrated part of west-central Missouri. Clayton and Brittany Radford Media Group file a $250,000 deal to buy country KDKD-FM (95.3), classic rock “104.9 The Eagle” KXEA, and farm/classic country “AG 1280” KDKD in the Clinton, MO region from Alpha. The cluster was acquired by Alpha as part of its 2014 merger with Digity Media. Buyers Clayton and Brittany Radford don’t own any other stations but Clayton likely knows the stations well since he’s been a salesperson at the cluster since June 2016. Brokers: Kalil (for Alpha), Patrick Communications (for Radford)
Georgia – Rob McClure-led The Power Foundation files a $150,000 deal to buy AC “Eagle 102.9” WPMX, Statesboro, GA from Neal Ardman’s Radio Statesboro. Once the deal closes Ardman will still own 11 other stations in the southeast.
Illinois – Hancock County Broadcasting files a $75,000 deal to buy contemporary Christian WYEC (1510) from Fletcher Ford’s Regional Media-Virden Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Macomb, IL-licensed translator W226CH at 93.1 FM which gives the daytime-only a 24-hour signal as “Positive 93.1-1510 AM. Hancock Country Broadcasting will operate the stations under a time brokerage agreement until closing.
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Huntsville, AL – Brantley Broadcast Associates files a $50,000 deal to buy Harvest, AL-licensed translator W247AT at 97.3 FM from Julie Scalf. Brantley Broadcast Associates will use the signal to simulcast sports “ESPN 1400” WWTM which it is in the process of buying from R&B Communications for $117,000. WWTM already simulcasts on the Mooresville, AL-licensed W243AP at 96.5 FM.
Kansas – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Education and Evangelization Society files an $18,750 deal to buy the Chanute, KS-licensed translator K253BF at 98.5 FM from Fred and Evelyn Morton. The filing says the signal will continue to relay Grace Public Radio’s contemporary Christian “K-True 91.9” KTRU, La Harpe, KS. Broker: Dave Garland
New York – Calvary Baptist Church files to donate the Norwich, NY-licensed translator W249AS at 97.7 FM to Mars Hill Broadcasting. The religious broadcaster already uses the translator to relay Syracuse, NY market Mars Hill Network flagship WMHR (102.9) into the Norwich area.
Raleigh-Durham, NC – Educational Media Foundation closes a $3.5 million deal to buy jazz WSHA (88.9) from Shaw University. The deal includes the Rocky Mount, NC-licensed translator W271BT at 102.1 and the Fayetteville, NC-licensed translator at 102.3 FM which relay WSHA. The deal will allow EMF to upgrade temporary Christian “K-Love” programming on the Raleigh, NC-licensed translator W232CH at 94.3 FM; the Sanford-NC-licensed translator W270AW at 101.9 FM; and the Wake Forest, NC-licensed W288BQ at 105.5 FM. The filing says the three new translators that EMF is buying from Shaw will also carry the “K-Love” network. When Shaw signed WSHA on the air in 1968 it was the first station owned by a historically black college. The university says WSHA will continue to stream content online. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage
Iowa – University of Northwestern-St. Paul closes a $1.25 million deal to buy AC/classic rock KSN-FM (107.1) and country/farm KDSN (1530) from Michael and Kathy Dudding’s Mikadety Radio. The University already owns contemporary Christian “Life 107.1-96.1 FM” KNWI/KNWM in the nearby Des Moines market. The Duddings had owned the stations since 1993. Broker: Kalil
Little Rock, AR – Salem Media Group closes an $180,000 deal to buy KZTS (1380) and the Little Rock, AR-licensed translator K288EZ at 105.5 FM from Nidia Cochran’s NC Communications. The deal also includes the Little Rock, AR-licensed translator K288EZ at 105.5 FM and the Little Rock, AR-licensed translator K277DP at 103.3 FM. All three signals currently air the urban “Streetz” format.