SALES – STATIONS
Hawaii – Pacific Media Group files a $1.3 million deal to buy CHR “Kong FM 93.5” KQNG-FM, classic rock “Shaka 103” KSHK, ethnic Hawaiian “95.9 Da Pa`ina” KSRF, and country KUAI (570) on the island of Kauaʻi from Ohana Broadcast Company. The also includes four FM translators including the Linue, HI-licensed translator K283CQ at 104.5 FM; the Princeville, HI-licensed K280EZ at 103.9 FM; the Eleele, HI-licensed K288GJ at 105.5 FM; and the Hanalei, HI-licensed K233AK at 94.5 FM. The deal marks an expansion onto a new island for Pacific Media Group which already owns six radio stations on Maui and another six on the Big Island of Hawaii. Once the sale closes Frontier Capital Partners, which backs Ohana Broadcasting Company, will still own four stations in Honolulu market plus another four in the Victor Valley, CA market.
New Jersey – Cantico Nuevo Ministry continues to fill in its coverage of New Jersey with a $781,000 deal to buy ethnic “Radio Chai” WXMC (1310) in the Morristown, NJ market. The deal also includes the Parsippany, NJ-licensed translator W232CY at 94.3 FM. The deal includes a $581,000 promissory note. Cantico Nuevo Ministry already owns Spanish-language contemporary Christian WPDI (103.9) in the Monmouth-Ocean, NJ market as well as two AMs in the nearby Long Island, NY market.
Texas – Hector Guevara’s Centro Cristiano de Vida Eterna files a $100,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KJJB, Eagle Lake, TX (95.3) from Jennifer Creemens. Centro Cristiano de Vida Eterna already owns seven full-power FMs in Texas and a number of FM translators that air its Spanish-language religious format.
Ohio – Robert and Kim Scharnhorst file a $30,000 deal to buy urban AC WDIG, Steubenville, OH (950) from World Witness for Christ Ministries. Robert and Kim Scharnhorst don’t own any other stations.
Alabama –Fabiola and Arik Lev file a $5,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WIRB (1490) from Virgle Leon Strickland. The Dothan, AL market station most recently aired a gospel format.
Illinois – Public Reality Radio files to donate variety WPJC, Pontiac, IL (88.3) to 2820 Communications. The station will be second owned by Catholic broadcaster 2820 Communications. It already owns “Spirit Radio 89.5” WSPI in the nearly Bloomington, IL market. In a separate but related deal, 2820 Communications has filed a $10,000 deal to buy the Lincoln, IL-licensed translator W246CO at 97.1 FM from Cornerstone Community Radio which will simulcast WSPI.
SALES – TRANSLATORS
California – One Ministries files a $105,000 deal to buy the Santa Rosa, CA-licensed translator K276FY at 103.1 FM from Joe Fiori. One Ministries will use the signal to simulcast Christian CHR “Broken FM” KORB, Hopland, CA (88.7).
North Carolina – Jonathan A. Mason Sr.’s Jam Media Solutions closes a $1.75 million deal to buy four FMs in the Outer Banks from Max Broadcast Group. They include “Water Country 94.5” WCMS-FM, hot AC “Beach 104” WCXL, adult alternative “99.1 The Sound” WVOD, and “Classic Rock 92.3” WZPR. The deal also includes Max Broadcast Group’s stake in the Outer Banks Voice digital news site, which it co-owns with Hengooch LLC. Mason is new to radio ownership but he most recently was a sales manager for Cumulus Media and Citadel Broadcasting in New York City (2008-2015). He earlier was a sales manager and account rep for Cox Radio and CBS Radio. Broker: Bill Kehlbeck, The Mahlman Company
Missouri – Alpha Media Group closes a deal to spin-off a trio of stations in an unrated part of west-central Missouri. Clayton and Brittany Radford Media Group will pay $250,000 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 has been a salesperson at the cluster since June 2016. Brokers: Kalil (for Alpha), Patrick Communications (for Radford)
Iowa – Leah Jones and Michael Greenwald’s Keokuk Broadcasting close a $245,000 deal to buy classic hits “Z-93” WCEZ and “Country 1310” KOKX in Keokuk, IA from Doyle and Carolyn Becker’s Riverfront Broadcasting. Jones is a former afternoon personality on WCEZ and officer manager for the stations. She most recently was morning co-host at iHeartMedia’s classic rock WCMF-FM (96.5) in Rochester, NY. Greenwald is a Keokuk City Council member. They’re operating the stations under a local marketing agreement until closing. Riverfront Broadcasting still owns 16 stations in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota.
Huntsville, AL – Brantley Broadcast Associates closes an $117,000 deal to buy sports “ESPN 1400” WWTM from R&B Communications. The deal also includes the Decatur, AL-licensed translator W232DL at 94.3 FM. In a pair of related deals Brantley Broadcast Associates filed a $50,000 deal to buy Harvest, AL-licensed translator W247AT at 97.3 FM from Julie Scalf. And it filed a $22,000 deal to buy the Gadsden, AL-licensed W248CE at 97.5 FM and the Mooresville, AL-licensed W243AP at 96.5 FM from Shelby Broadcast Associates. The three translators will simulcast WWTM. Brantley Broadcast Associates already owns sports “97.7 The Zone” WZZN in the Huntsville market.
Tucson, AZ – Educational Media Foundation closes 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.
Iowa – Jam Media Solutions closes a $100,000 deal to buy classic rock “Vintage Sound 93.1” WMCS and classic country KWPC (860) in Muscatine, IA from Prairie Communications. Jam Media Solutions, a media planning and buying agency, is also buying a group of stations in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Jam CEO Jonathan Mason is a former New York sales manager.
Boise, ID – Kevin Terry’s The Montana Radio Company closes a $20,000 deal to buy Spanish-language religious “Radio Nueva Vida” KWEI, Weiser, ID (1260) from Educational Media Foundation. The Montana Radio Company already owns regional Mexican “La Gran D” KDBI-FM & AM (106.3, 730) in the Boise market. EMF still owns contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate KLXI (99.5) in the area.
Michigan – Mitten News closes a $12,000 deal to buy talk WHAK, Rogers City, MI (960) from Edwards Communications. The contract includes the stipulation that Mitten News will operate WHAK with a news-talk format for the next six years. If it wants to make a switch earlier it would need to secure approval from Edwards Communications to ensure the format doesn’t compete with one of its other stations in the area. WHAK overlaps with two other news-talk stations already by Mitten News: talk WYPV (94.5) and WJML (1110).
Nashville – Hoyt Carter closes a $500 deal to buy religious “Christian Talk 1360” WNAH from Jo Ann Irvin Hermitage Broadcasting. The deal doesn’t include WNAH’s tower which Carter will continue to lease from Hermitage Broadcasting. Carter has worked at WNAH since 1962, most recently as its general manager.