SALES – STATIONS
San Diego – Noel Diaz-led El Sembrador Ministries files a $900,000 deal to buy KURS (1040) from Jaime Bonilla Valdez’s Pacific Spanish Network. El Sembrador Ministries has operated KURS under a time brokerage agreement since July 2014 however the station was forced to go silent in October after the lease agreement for its tower site expired. El Sembrador Ministries plans to convert KURS into a noncommercial station.
Atlanta – Vanessa Nguyen files a $700,000 deal to buy ethnic “Radio Korea” WPBS (1040) from Charles Kim’s Pacific Star Broadcasting. Nguyen doesn’t own any other stations. WPBS is a 50,000-watt daytime-only station. Pacific Star Broadcasting bought the station in 2005 for $2.25 million.
Colorado – Alex and Christine Creighton’s Northeast Colorado Broadcasting files a $425,000 deal to buy country KNAB-FM (104.1) and adult standards KNAB (1140) in Burlington, CO from the estate of Bette Bailly. Northeast Colorado Broadcasting is operating the stations under a time brokerage agreement until closing. The company owns six other Colorado stations but none overlaps with KNAB-FM & AM.
West Virginia – Bruce Houston’s Metro Radio files a $365,000 deal to buy classic hits “Max 92.9” WDHC and “Cat Country 1010” WCST in Berkeley Springs, WV from Capper Broadcasting. Metro Radio already owns Spanish CHR “La Capital 730” WTNT and regional Mexican “La Ley 1460” WKDV in the nearby Washington, DC metro area.
Utah – Kevin Terry’s Radio Rancho files to swap adult standards “Classy 102.7” KMGR, Gunnison, UT to Broadway Media in exchange for two translators including the Cedar Fort, UT-licensed K240EP at 95.9 FM and the Tooele, UT-licensed K284AY at 104.7 FM. The filing says Broadway Media will also pay Radio Rancho a $200,000 in cash. KMGR has been overseen by the Jim Burgoyne-run SLC Divestiture Trust I since 2011 following the reorganization of Marathon Media. The Trust has previously filed a request with the FCC to relocate KMGR to a tower site 11.5 miles to the north of Gunnison at 95.7 FM.
Utah – Doug and Marianne Barton’s Sanpete County Broadcasting files to swap the currently-silent KUDE, Nephi, UT (99.1) to Broadway Media in exchange for the Moroni, UT-licensed translator K280GJ at 103.9 FM. The filing says each company will also pay the other one dollar in cash, subject to adjustment. KUDE has been overseen by the Jim Burgoyne -run SLC Divestiture Trust I since 2011 following the reorganization of Marathon Media. The FCC has approved the translator’s move to a tower farm on Lake Mountain to cover the Provo, UT area.
Mississippi – Maria Guel’s Hispanic Family Christian Network files to donate Spanish-language religious KQMP, Hollywood, MS (89.7) to Manuel Pimentel’s Casa de Destino. Following the deal’s closing Hispanic Family Christian Network will still own a network of full-power radio stations, FM translators, and low-power TV stations stretching from Florida to Arizona.
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Chicago – Richard Botnick’s Spectrum Development Group files a $350,000 deal to buy the Park Ridge, IL-licensed translator W244BQ at 96.7 FM from Educational Media Foundation. The signal covers a Chicago’s northern suburbs. EMF will still own contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate WJKL (94.3) in the Chicago metro.
Seattle – Bonneville files a $300,000 deal to buy the White Center, WA-licensed translator K233BU at 94.5 FM from the KMIH Radio Booster Club. Bonneville plans to simulcast talk “770 The Truth” KTTH on the signal. The translator has been relaying Mercer Island School District’s student-operated rhythmic CHR “Hot Jamz 88.9” KMIH.
McAllen-Brownsville, TX – Rufino Sendejo’s The Worship Center of Kingsville files a $52,000 deal to buy the McAllen-licensed translator K251BL at 98.1 FM and the Brownsville-licensed translator K239BM at 95.7 FM from Mary Guthrie. The filing values both signals at $26,000. The Worship Center plans to relay the Spanish-language religious format it currently airs on the HD2 channel of iHeartMedia’s rhythmic CHR “Wild 104” KBFM.
West Virginia –Jim Kail’s Laurel Highland Total Communications (LHTC) files a $50,000 deal to buy the Williamson, WV-licensed translator W289CA at 105.7 FM from East Kentucky Broadcasting. LHTC Media plans to use the translator to simulcast “Sports Talk 920” WMNN in the Morgantown-Clarksburg-Fairmont, WV market. LHTC Media has a pending $700,000 deal to buy WMNN as well as classic rock “94 Rock” WRLF (94.3), hot AC “Variety 101” WZST (100.9), and news/talk “The Talk of Fairmont 1490” WTCS from Spectrum Radio Group.
Little Rock, AR – Southwest Arkansas Media files a $500 deal to buy the Benton, AR-licensed translator K229CX at 93.7 FM from Edgewater Broadcasting. The filing says the signal will simulcast sports KAFN (690).
Miami – IHeartMedia files to swap the Miami-licensed translator W228BY at 93.5 FM to Marco Mazzoli’s Zoo Communications in exchange for the Miami-licensed translator W284CS at 104.7 FM. The filing says no cash is changing hands as part of the transfer. The swap allows Zoo to seamlessly promote its dance-formatted “Revolution Radio” which also airs at 93.5 FM using the Fort Lauderdale-licensed translator W228BV. The dance format is relayed off of the HD2 channel of iHeartMedia’s CHR “Y-100” WHYI-FM. IHeartMedia relays its country “The Bull” format on the Miami translator relayed from the HD2 channel of rhythmic AC “93.9 Mia” WMIA-FM.
Austin – Bob Cole-led Genuine Austin Radio closes a $3.2 million deal to buy the sports combo “The Horn 104.9 FM/1260 AM” KTXX-FM & KLGO from Michael Barnett’s Total Austin Sports Radio. Genuine Austin Radio had been operating the stations under a local marketing agreement since January 2014. The company also owns the country simulcast KOKE-FM & KTAE (99.3, 1490) in the Austin market. Broker: Doug Ferber, DEFcom Advisors
Mississippi – Monte Spearman’s High Plains Radio Network closes a $500,000 deal to buy “Hot Country 100.7” WDMS and “Classic Rock 1260” WGVM in Greenville, MS from the Ark-La-Ms Radio Group, a partnership between Allen Schemmel, Eddie Pearson and John Padgett. The deal includes the Indianola, MS-licensed translator W274BA at 97.3 FM which simulcasts WGVM. The deal expands High Plains Radio Network into its fourth state—it also operates in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The Greenville, MS combo will bring its portfolio to 22 stations. Broker: Bill Cate, Media Services Group
Arizona – Christmas Brick Foundation closes a $500,000 deal to buy variety KMUR, Bullhead City, AZ (88.3) from Murphy Communications Institute. It is the first station for the Park City, UT-based Foundation. Seller Rick Murphy will still own several other broadcast properties in Arizona. Broker: George Kimble, Kozacko Media Services
Richmond, VA – Stu-Comm closes a $300,000 deal to buy gospel “Faith Radio” WFTH from Tri-City Christian Radio. It plans to convert WFTH to a noncommercial operation. Stu-Comm also owns the adult alternative simulcast WNRN (91.9) in the Charlottesville, VA market and WNRS-FM (89.9) in the Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA market in addition to several FM translators in the region including the Midlothian, VA-licensed W267BZ at 103.1 FM in the Richmond metro.
Hot Springs, AR – Gregory Shinn’s Central Arkansas Radio Group and Gary Terrell’s US Stations close a deal to swap several stations market No. 270. Central Arkansas Radio Group turns over CHR KLAZ (105.9), “101.5 Real Rock Radio” KHRK and “Solid Gospel 1420” KBHS to US Stations which will pair the new additions with its existing cluster that also includes CHR “Hot 96.7” KHTO, country “US-97” KQUS-FM, and “News Talk 1340” KZNG. It also turns over the Hot Springs-licensed translator K228FP at 93.5 FM to US Stations. In exchange, US Stations turns over classic rock “101.9 The Rocket” KLXQ and classic country “104.5 The Bull” KLBL to Central Arkansas Radio Group which also owns rock KYRC (93.5) in the market. As part of the deal US Stations will also write a $1.65 million check to Central Arkansas Radio Group.