SALES – STATIONS
Alaska – Alaska Broadcast Television files a $200,000 deal to buy KABN, Kenai, AK (960) from Peninsula Communications. The deal also includes the Kenai -Soldotna, AK-licensed K253CQ at 98.5 FM. Alaska Broadcast Television already owns the low-power TV station KCFT-CD (channel 35) in the Anchorage market and KABN becomes its first radio station.
New York & Vermont – Aaron and Jessica Ishmael’s A&J Radio and Ricki Lee Shorthose and Hanna Maria Kaleta’s Border Media have announced they are merging their two companies into a single entity to be known as Loud Media. The new company has just struck a $30,000 deal to buy AC “Lakes Region Radio” WNYV, Whitehall, NY (94.1) and WVNR, Poultney, VT (1340) from Michael Leech’s Pine Tree Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Poultney, VT-licensed translator W242DF at 96.3 FM. The filing includes a separate purchase of $120,000 for related real estate. Loud Media will operate the stations under a local marketing agreement until closing. The two companies last year teamed up to buy classic hits “Star Radio” WSSV (1160) and the Saratoga Springs, NY-licensed translator W227DW at 93.3 FM north of the Albany, NY market. Under the new Loud Media partnership, Border Media will contribute stations the company owns or leases in northern New York and A&J Radio will contribute stations it owns Kentucky and Colorado. Broker: Bob Mahlman
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Maryland – Kingdom Media Partners files a $30,000 deal to buy the Crisfield, MD-licensed translator W238BY at 95.5 FM from Radio Rodriguez. The filing says it will be used to simulcast Birach Broadcasting’s “Classic Country 540” WGOP in the Salisbury-Ocean City, MD market.
Grand Rapids, MI – Bible Broadcasting Network has closed a $2.75 million deal to buy contemporary Christian WFUR-FM (102.9) from Kuiper Stations. WFUR-FM becomes Bible Broadcasting Network’s first station in Michigan. It plans to change the station’s call letters to WYHA and change to a noncommercial station. Kuiper Stations still owns WFUR (1570) in Grand Rapids and religious WKPR (1440) in Kalamazoo, MI. Broker: Joseph Tito, American Communications Partners
Texas – Xavier Cantu closes an $83,000 deal to buy regional Mexican “98.7 La Mejor” KOTX, Hebbronville, TX from Jose Antonio Aguilar. Cantu doesn’t own any other stations.
Colorado – Tom Troland and Michael Mallace’s Desert Explorer Communications closes a $40,000 deal to buy KDVK, Dove Creek, CO (103.5) from Ted Tucker’s Cochise Broadcasting. KDVK is a new Class A signal. Troland already owns classic hits “Red Rock 92” KBDX, Blanding, UT in the region. In a related move, Desert Explorer Communications has also just struck a deal to buy the Chinle, AZ-licensed translator K252ER at 98.3 FM from Sariah Hilliam to simulcast KBDX. Broker: Kalil
Vermont – Steven Silberberg’s Northeast Broadcasting Company closes a deal to buy the silent WRSA (1420) from Eric and Tiffany Miller’s Radio Sound. The deal also includes the St. Albans, VT-licensed translator W262DH at 100.3 FM. The sale is valued at one dollar plus assumption of debt related to the station. The move essentially reverses a purchase made last year when Radio Sound bought the stations for $150,000. Northeast Broadcasting Company already owns four stations in the area including “Rock 103.3” WWMP, adult alternative “The Point” WNCS (104.7)/WDOT (95.7), and “CBS Sport 1240” WSKI.