SALES – STATIONS
Philadelphia – Entercom strikes a $57.5 million deal to buy AC “101.1 More FM” WBEB from Jerry Lee Media. The deal will put the top-rated station alongside Entercom’s other stations in the market including country WXTU (92.5), classic hits WOGL (98.1), hot AC WTDY-FM (96.5), “Sports Radio 94” WIP-FM, all-news “Newsradio 1060” KYW, and “Talk Radio 1210” WPHT. In a related move, Entercom has struck a deal to spin-off WXTU to Beasley Broadcast Group for $38 million. Beasley will operate WXTU under a local marketing agreement until closing. The WXTU sale returns the longtime country station to Beasley, which first launched its country format in 1983. The company gave up the station in 2014 as part of a multi-market swap with CBS Radio. Brokers: MVP Capital (for Entercom) and Methuselah Advisors (for Jerry Lee)
Tucson, AZ – Bustos Media files a $500,000 deal to buy talk “1030 The Voice” KVOI from Doug and Mary Martin’s Good News Radio Broadcasting. It will become Amador Bustos’ first radio station in Arizona. Good News Broadcasting is also selling religious KGMS (940) and contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate KLTU (88.1) in unrelated deals (see below). Once the two deals close it will still own adult standards “Pop Classics 690” KCEE in the Tucson market. Broker: Kalil
Tucson, AZ – Robert and Luann Wilkins’ Tucson Christian Radio files a $350,000 deal to buy religious KGMS (940) from Doug and Mary Martin’s Good News Radio Broadcasting. KGMS has 1,000-watts day and 250-watts night. Good News Broadcasting is also selling talk “1030 The Voice” KVOI in an unrelated deal (see above) and contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate KLTU (see below). Once the deals close it will still own adult standards “Pop Classics 690” KCEE in the Tucson market. Broker: Kalil
Tucson, AZ – Educational Media Foundation files a $100,000 deal to buy contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate KLTU (88.1) from Doug and Mary Martin’s Good News Radio Broadcasting. EMF already owns two FM translators in the Tucson market: the Tucson-licensed K210EU at 89.9 FM and the Tucson-licensed K243CC at 96.5 FM. Both signals air EMF’s Christian CHR “Air1” network. Good News Radio Broadcasting has also filed to sell buy talk “1030 The Voice” KVOI and religious KGMS (940) in a pair of unrelated deals. Once the deals close it will still own adult standards “Pop Classics 690” KCEE in the Tucson market.
Providence, RI – Nelson Diaz files a $240,000 deal to buy tropical “La Mega” WSTL (1220) from New England Christian Radio. The deal includes the Providence, RI-licensed translator W229AN at 93.7 FM. Diaz has been operating the stations under a local marketing agreement since Oct. 2017.
Indiana – Reising Radio files an $115,000 deal to buy “Classic Hits 1460” WJCP, North Vernon, IN from Tom and Diana Taylor. The deal also includes the North Vernon, IN-licensed translator W249DG at 97.7 FM. Reising Radio will operate the station under a local marketing agreement until closing. WJCP sits to the south of Indianapolis where Keith Reising owns three stations including classic hits “Mojo 102.9” WXCH, AC “Q Mix 107.3” WRZQ-FM and “Korn Country 100.3” WYGB.
Kansas – Martin Mutti files to buy out his partner Bill Docking’s majority stake in Cowley County Broadcasting. Mutti will pay $75,000 for the 74.4% interest. He’s already held a minority 25.6% stake in the company. Cowley County Broadcasting owns “Country 95.9” KSOK-FM and classic hits KSOK (1280) in Winfield, KS as well as the Arkansas City, KS-licensed translator K277CK at 103.3 which lines up with KSOK’s “Mixx 103.3” branding.
Texas – JAM Broadcasting files a $50,000 deal to buy contemporary Christian “The Light” KERV, Kerrville, TX (1230) from the Foster Charitable Foundation. The deal includes the Kerrville, TX-licensed translator K299CA at 107.7 FM. JAM Broadcasting is operating the station under a local marketing agreement until closing. JAM already owns country “103.7 The Buck” KAXA and the construction permit KZAH (99.1) in the area. It also operates classic rock “Rev FM 94.3” KRVL under a local marketing agreement with the Foster Charitable Foundation.
California – Ariel and Michael Krestler’s Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls files a $3,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KJCU, Ft. Bragg, CA (89.9) from Living Proof. While Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls already operates 64 FM translators in California relaying its religious format, KJCU will become its first full-power station in the state. It will operate the station under a time brokerage agreement until closing.
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA – Less than a month after filing to donate two stations to the Multicultural, Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), Birach Broadcasting has apparently found a permanent taker for WBVA (1450) and WVAB (1550). It has filed to donate the two silent AMs to the Believe & Achieve Family & Education Center. The FCC in January approved sending the question of whether the Birach should lose the two AMs because of a record of “extended periods of silence.” Birach followed up in April by proposing the donation as part of a consent decree. The deal will mark Birach Broadcasting’s exit from the market.
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Pennsylvania – Seven Mountains Media files an $80,000 deal to buy the Harveys Lake, PA-licensed translator W260AY at 99.9 FM from Kevin Fitzgerald. Seven Mountains Media plans to use the signal to relay “Bigfoot Country” WCFT-FM (106.5) in the Sunbury-Selinsgrove-Lewisburg, PA market.
Pennsylvania -- Calvary Chapel Lebanon files to buy the Ephrata, PA-licensed translator W254DD at 98.7 FM from Hope Christian Church of Marlton for one dollar. Calvary Chapel Lebanon will use the signal to extend coverage of its low-power religious station “Truth FM” WLEB-LP (93.1) n the Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle market.
New Hampshire – Concord Bible Fellowship files to sell the Concord, NH-licensed translator W282AF at 104.3 FM to New Hampshire Gospel Radio for one dollar. New Hampshire Gospel Radio plans to use the signal to relay religious WVNH (91.1).
Little Rock – Salem Media Group files to acquire the Little Rock, AR-licensed translator K277DP at 103.3 FM from NC Communications. The signal is an add-on to the previously-closed $180,000 deal that saw Salem buy KZTS (1380) and the Little Rock, AR-licensed translator K288EZ at 105.5 FM from NC Communications. The filing says Salem will use the signal to simulcast urban “Streetz 105.5” KZTS.
Minnesota – Lucas Carpenter’s Crystal Media Group closes a $2.925 million deal to buy classic country “Bob Total Country” KDDG (105.5) and farm/classic country KASM (1150) in Albany, MN from StarCom. The deal also includes the Albany, MN-licensed translator K299BT at 107.7 FM which simulcasts KASM.
Birmingham, AL – Ken Layton’s TBTA Ministries adds a second station in the market as it closes a $525,000 deal to buy oldies “97.7 The Peach” WHPH from Paul Reynolds’ Brantley Broadcast Associates. The deal includes a $325,000 promissory note. TBTA Ministries already owns contemporary Christian “Revocation Radio” WKRE (88.1) in the Birmingham market. It also owns WKUA (88.5) in Tuscaloosa and WJHO (89.7) in the Talladega region. Brantley Broadcast Associates still owns stations in the Montgomery and Huntsville, AL markets. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage
Knoxville, TN – John Pirkle’s Oak Ridge FM closes a $30,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WVLZ (1180) from Kirkland Wireless Broadcasters. Oak Ridge FM already owns alternative rock “94-Z” WNFZ in the Knoxville market and it operates “Fox Sports 1340” WKGN under a time brokerage agreement with Hodges Media. Kirkland Wireless Broadcasters tells the FCC it believes Oak Ridge FM will not carry the sports programming that WVLZ aired until going silent in February citing technical issues.
Bend, OR – Openskyradio closes a $25,000 deal to buy hot AC “Sky 96.5” KSQI from Rogue Radio. Openskyradio plans to flip KSQI to its noncommercial adult alternative format.
Texas – Carlos Lopez closes a $10,000 deal to buy KDVQ, Batesville, TX (97.9) form Douglas Bennett. KDVQ is a construction permit for a Class A FM that Bennett secured during Auction No. 98 in 2015. Because Lopez is not eligible for as large a bidding credit as Bennett was because of his other radio holdings, Lopez will need to repay 10% of the bidding credit or $210 to the FCC. Lopez already owns Tejano “Majic 104.9” KMIQ and Spanish-language religious “La Tejanita 1330” KINE in the Corpus Christi, TX market. Broker: Dave Garland