SALES – STATIONS
Memphis – Butron Media files a $799,000 deal to buy classic hits “Guess FM” WGUE (1180) from Memphis First Ventures. The deal also includes the Memphis, TN-licensed translator W257CY at 99.3 FM and the Memphis-licensed K268DA at 101.5 FM. Sergio Butron doesn’t currently own any other stations but he operates regional Mexican “Ambiente 1030” WGSF under a time brokerage agreement with Flinn Broadcasting. Ron Unkefer’s Memphis First Ventures already has a pending $703,823 deal to sell “Guess FM” outlet WUMY (830) and the Memphis-licensed translator W288BJ at 105.5 FM to Global Ministries Foundation. Once the two deals close Memphis First Ventures will still own country “95.3 The Rebel” WEBL in the market.
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale – The International Church of the Grace of God files a $650,000 deal to buy the Portuguese-language “Noosa Radio USA” WFLL (1400) from Mark Jorgenson’s ACM JCE IV B, LLC. The deal also includes the Ft. Lauderdale-licensed translator W296DK at 107.1 FM. The International Church of the Grace of God already has a pending $685,000 deal to buy the Portuguese-language “Noosa Radio USA” WBIX (1260) in the Boston market.
Rockford, IL – Mid-West Family Broadcasting files a $610,000 deal to buy AC “B-95” WDKB, De Kalb, IL from De Kalb County Radio. Mid-West Family Broadcasting already owns country “95.3 The Bull” WRTB, AC “B-103” WGFB, rock “104.9 The X” WXRX and “Sports Fan 1330” WNTA in the Rockford, IL market. Broker: Bob Heymann, Media Services Group
Atlantic City, NJ – Educational Media Foundation files to buy one of Longport Media’s five stations in market No. 154. EMF files a $570,000 deal to buy CHR “AC-102.7” WWAC, a Class A station licensed to Ocean City, NJ. EMF doesn’t currently own any stations in the Atlantic City-Cape May market but its Philadelphia station—contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate WKVP (106.9)—covers parts of the region. The sale will leave Longport Media with four other stations in the Atlantic City market including classic hits “Kool 98.3” WTKU-FM, rock WMGM (103.7), “News Talk 1400” WOND, and WBSS (1490) which simulcasts WTKU-FM. Broker: Tom McKinley, Media Services Group
Montgomery, AL – Radio Training Network files a $450,000 deal to buy WPHH (93.5) from Brantley Broadcast Associates. WPHH currently relays Brantley-owned Birmingham oldies station “97.7 The Peach” WHPH into Montgomery. Religious broadcaster Radio Training Network owns 35 full-power stations including contemporary Christian “The Joy FM” WIZB (94.3) in the Dothan, AL market but WPHH will become its first in the Montgomery, AL area. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage
Idaho – Val Cook’s Preston Broadcasting files a $235,000 deal to buy AC KACH, Preston, ID (1340) from Alan and Nelada White. The deal also includes the Preston, ID-licensed translator K291CV at 104.5 FM. Cook already owns classic country “800 The Bear” KBRV, Soda Springs, ID and some stations in Wyoming, but none overlaps with KACH. Broker: Rockwell Media Services
Nevada – Jeffrey and Dana Kierce’s JDK Broadcasting files a $130,000 deal to buy country “92.7 Buckaroo Radio” KWNA-FM and the currently-silent KWNA (1400) in Winnemucca, NV from WP Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Winnemucca, NV-licensed translator K221AG at 92.1 FM. JDK Broadcasting is operating the stations under a time brokerage agreement until closing. Broker: Patrick Communications
North Dakota – Jeff Hallen’s Hirange Media files a $65,000 deal to buy classic country “102.3 The Range” KZRN, Hettinger, ND from MidNation Media. Hallen has been operating the station since last year according to local press reports. He is new to radio ownership. Hallen also owns an agriculture equipment business in Hettinger.
Kentucky – Faron Sparkman’s Leslie County Broadcasting files to transfer his 50% stake in CHR WKIC, Hyden, KY (97.9) to Kimberly Sparkman and Stuart Sparkman. The deal is valued at $10.
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Austin, TX – Sinclair Telecable files a $903,000 deal to buy the Sunset Valley, TX-licensed translator K246BD at 97.1 FM from Greg Shapiro. The translator currently airs the regional Mexican format branded as “Fiesta 97.1” relayed off an HD subchannel of Genuine Austin Radio’s sports “The Horn 104.9” KTXX-FM. But the filing says once the sale closes Sinclair Telecable plans to use the translator to simulcast an HD channel based at adult alternative “Radio Austin” KGSR (93.3) in which Sinclair Telecable is a 49.9% owner. The remaining 50.1% is owned by Emmis Communications.
Fort Collins, CO – Colorado Public Radio files a $50,000 deal to buy the Ft. Collins-licensed translator K215FM at 90.9 FM from Vic Michael’s Cedar Cove Broadcasting. Colorado Public Radio plans to use the translator to replay classical KVOD, Denver (88.1) into the area.
California – Immaculate Heart Media files a $30,000 deal to buy the Lancaster, CA-licensed translator K300CZ at 107.9 FM from Vic Michael’s Mountain Community Translators. The signal will give 10,000-watt daytime-only religious “Relevant Radio” KJPG, Frazier Park, CA (1050) a 24-hour signal.
Texas – West of Austin, Dick Herring files a $10,000 deal to buy three FM translators from James Bumpous’ Big Bend Broadcasting. The translators include the Burnet, TX-licensed translator K291AZ at 106.1 FM that will simulcast classic hits KITY, Llano, TX (102.9). The Burnet, TX-licensed K271BC at 102.1 FM that will simulcast smooth jazz KAJZ, Llano, TX (106.7). And the Fredericksburg, TX-licensed K267AO at 101.3 FM which will also simulcast KITY.
Minnesota –Hometown Broadcasting files to transfer the Austin, MN-licensed translator K232FY at 94.3 FM to Real Presence Radio. The translator is part of an earlier filed $450,000 deal to buy classic country KQAQ, Austin, MN (970) giving Real Presence Radio its first station in southern Minnesota. It plans to flip KQAQ to a noncommercial religious format.
Shreveport, LA – Houston Christian Broadcasters files to add the Springhill, LA-licensed translator K300DQ at 107.9 FM to a recently-closed deal it made with Leon Hunt. He sold Houston Christian Broadcasters what’s now religious KSPH (92.9) and Spanish-language religious KTKC (1460) in a $200,000 deal that closed in June. Now it adds the translator K300DQ which will be used to simulcast KTKC. No additional payments will be made for the signal according to the filing.
Montana – Ted Austin files to add the Butte, MT-licensed translator K264CZ at 100.7 FM to his pending $25,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KANA, Anaconda, MT (580). Both signals are owned by Aware Inc.
Chicago – Cumulus Media has closed an $18 million deal to buy alternative rock WKQX (101.1) from Merlin Media. The deal includes the intellectual property and call letters of now defunct classic rocker “The Loop” WLUP-FM which had been at 94.7 FM until Merlin struck a $21.5 million deal to sell that signal to Educational Media Foundation in February. Cumulus has operated WKQX under a local marketing agreement since 2014. Cumulus earlier used its bankruptcy reorganization to get out of an agreement to buy both the Chicago FMs from Merlin for $50 million.
Dallas-Ft. Worth – Saumil Thakkar and Poorvesh Thakkar’s Decatur Media Land closes a $1.375 million deal to buy ethnic KVTT, Mineral Wells, TX (1110) from John and Linda Hammond’s Texoma Broadcasting. The deal includes the Decatur, TX-licensed translator K238CC at 95.5 that gives the 50,000-watt daytime-only AM a 24-hour signal. Decatur Media Land has been operating the station under a local marketing agreement since Aug. 2017 programming the South Asian “Fun Asia” format which also airs on cross-town KZMP-FM (104.9) under a local marketing agreement with Liberman Broadcasting.
Philadelphia – Ken Trujillo’s Aztec Capital Partners closes a $375,000 deal to buy ethnic WNWR (1540) from Alan Pendleton and Dick Aronoff’s New World Radio. WNWR has 50,000-watts day and 250-watts night. Aztec Capital Partners already owns Spanish CHR “El Zol 1340/99.9” WHAT/ W260CZ in the market. New World Radio still owns ethnic WCRW (1190) and Spanish-language WUST (1120) in the Washington, DC market. Broker: Kalil