Columbia, SC – Lloyd Keith Stover’s The 29 Group has filed a $1.8 million deal to buy a controlling 54.05% interest in adult hits “93.1 The Lake” WZMJ and country “94.3 The Dude” WWNQ from Midlands Media Group. The deal also includes along with ColaDaily.com, the area’s free, on-line daily newspaper. Midlands Media Group is led by Stover and business partner Kirk Litton. Once the deal closes, Stover will succeed Litton as President of the company. Launched in 2016, Midlands Media bought WWNQ and ColaDaily in 2016 for $900,000 from Davis Media. In 2018 it added a second station, acquiring WZMJ for $450,000 from Lake Murray Communications.
Chicago – El Sembrador Ministries has filed a $1.6 million deal to buy Spanish-language religious WMBI (1110) from Moody Bible Institute. The deal also includes the Chicago-licensed translator W292GB at 106.3 FM. Moody had announced plans to sell the AM in July 2019. El Sembrador Ministries currently leases time on Newsweb’s WNDZ (750), but it will drop that time brokerage agreement once the sale closes. Once the deal is finalized, Moody Bible Institute will still own religious WMBI-FM (90.1) in the Chicago market. Broker: Sandi Bergman (for buyer) and Beth Griffin (for seller)
Salisbury-Ocean City, MD – Atlantic Gateway Communications has filed a $650,000 deal to buy WRAU (88.3) from American University. Atlantic Gateway says it plans to simulcast its Washington market contemporary Christian WGTS (91.9) on WRAU, giving it coverage of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. American University had been doing the same with the signal to simulcast news-talk WAMU (88.5). But the public broadcaster says WRAU makes up just of 2% of WAMU’s weekly broadcast audience and the costs tied to operating the simulcast partner could be better spent on digital and new broadcast formats. An earlier deal filed last year would have sold WRAU to Delaware Public Media for $537,000, but that deal never closed.
Florida – The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine has filed a $203,000 deal to buy contemporary Christian “Victory 91.7” WVIJ-FM, Port Charlotte, FL from the Port Charlotte Educational Broadcasting Foundation. The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine already owns stations classic hits stations in the Sarasota-Bradenton, FL market and in Zolfo Springs, FL as well as in Erie, PA.
Iowa – Educational Media Foundation has filed a $200,000 deal to buy contemporary Christian KDCR, Sioux Center, IA (88.5) from Dordt College. The school blamed ongoing costs and limited listener financial support for the station for its decision to sell. EMF owns four full-power stations and several FM translators in Iowa, but none cover Sioux Center. It will begin operating KDCR under a lease agreement on May 15. It plans to air its contemporary Christian “K-Love” network on the station. Broker: Greg Guy, Patrick Communications
Macon, GA – Clifton Moor has filed a $50,000 deal to buy alternative rock “The X” WNEX (1400) from Creek Media. Moor already owns the Macon, GA-licensed translator W263CA at 100.5 FM which simulcasts WNEX. Moor also owns WXJO (1120) in the Atlanta area. Once the sale closes, Creek Media will still own American “The Creek 100.9” WNEX-FM in the Macon market.
Oklahoma – James Boles Jr. has filed a one-dollar deal to buy hot AC “KQ-106” KQTZ, Hobart, OK and classic country “The Legend” KWHW-FM/KWHW, Altus, OK (93.5/1450) from Monarch Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Altus, OK-licensed translator K245CY at 96.9 FM.
South Dakota – Brian Lundquist’s Hub City Radio has filed a $10,000 deal to buy the Aberdeen, SD-licensed translator K233BN at 94.5 FM from VCY America. Hub City Radio will use the signal to simulcast an HD subchannel of classic rock “Rock 94.1” KSDN-FM.
Miami – Salem Media Group has closed a deal to sell its last station in market No. 11. Nelson Votaire’s Radio Piment Bouk struck a $3.5 million deal to buy WKAT (1450) and the Miami-licensed translator W270CV at 101.9 FM. Salem earlier sold two other AMs to Immaculate Heart Media. Radio Piment Bouk already owns religious WQVN (1360) in the Miami market which it bought from Salem in 2018, also for $3.5 million. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage
Houston – iHeartMedia has closed a $1.4 million deal to buy KXYZ (1320) from Arthur Liu’s Multicultural Radio Broadcasting. iHeartMedia already owns AC “Sunny 99.1” KODA, alternative “94.5 The Buzz” KTBZ-FM, R&B “93.7 The Beat” KQBT, “News Radio 740” KTRH, talk KPRC (950), and “Sports Talk 790” KBME in the Houston market. iHeartMedia has put its Black Information Network on KXYZ. Multicultural Radio Broadcasting still owns ethnic KCHN (1050) in the Houston market.
Dallas – iHeartMedia has closed a $950,000 deal to buy KHVN (970) and KKGM (1630) from Mortenson Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Fort Worth, TX-licensed translator K237HD at 95.3 FM that simulcasts KHVN, and a construction permit for the Fort Worth, TX-licensed translator K221GV at 92.1 FM that will relay KKGM. iHeartMedia began operating the stations under a local marketing agreement on January 2, and both stations now air iHeart’s Black Information Network programming. The company also owns six stations in the market, including AC “Star 102” KDGE, hot AC “102.9 Now” KDMX, CHR “106.1 Kiss FM” KHKS, classic rock “Lone Star 92.5” KZPS, rock “97.1 The Eagle” KEGL, and “Talk Radio 1190” KFXR. Mortenson Broadcasting still owns the gospel/religious daytimer KGGR (1040) in the Dallas market.
San Antonio – Virgen de Guadalupe Global Communications has closed a $367,500 deal to buy Spanish religious KWMF (1380) from La Promesa Foundation. The buyer plans to return the station to a commercial format. La Promesa Foundation still owns religious KJMA (89.7) in San Antonio.
Abilene, TX – Rodney Amonett’s WesTex Connect has closed a $200,000 deal to buy adult hits “101.7 The Raider” KTJK from William W. McCutchen. WesTex Connect is a cable television and internet provider in the Abilene market. It does not own any other stations.
Midland-Odessa, TX– The Hispanic Family Christian Network has closed a $200,000 deal to buy the currently silent KXOI (810) from Pedro Emiliano. The Hispanic Family Christian Network owns several other full-power stations, FM translators, and low-power TV stations in Texas but KXOI will become its first asset in the Midland-Odessa market.
Massachusetts – Gary Hanna has closed an $180,000 deal to buy classic hits “102.3 The Dunes” WGTX, Truro, MA from Ron Robin. In addition to the cash payment, the contract says Hanna will also issue a $20,000 advertising credit to the Mews Restaurant in Provincetown, MA which is owned by Robin. The :60-second spots will run at a rate of $10 each – or a value of two thousand commercials. Hanna does not own any other radio stations, but he is the creator of the Mix Hits Radio streaming music company.
Houston – Community Radio has closed a $90,000 deal to buy religious KQLC (90.7) from L.C. Orrick Outreach. Community Radio already owns “Christian Country Radio” KJIC (90.5) in the Houston market.
Ft. Smith, AR – Darren Girdner’s G2 Media Group has closed a $34,000 deal to buy country “Red Dirt Country” KAGE (1580) from Pharis Broadcasting. G2 Media Group has also paid $18,241 to buy the Fort Smith, AR-licensed K244FJ at 96.7 FM from Edgewater Broadcasting. The signal will be used to simulcast KHGG. G2 Media Group already owns AC “Mix 105.1” KXMX and gospel “The Cross” KFSW (1650) in the Ft. Smith market. Pharis Broadcasting still owns rock “The Fort 94.5” KFPW-FM, classic hits “Kool 104.7” KQBK, sports “The Sports Hog 103.5” KHGG-FM, and talk “The Marshall 1230” KFPW in the market.
Grand Forks, ND – iHeartMedia has closed on its cash-free move to reclaim “100.3 Cat Country” KSNR from the Sun and Snow Station Trust where the station has been parked since the company emerged from chapter 11 bankruptcy last year. The move is based on the recent move of “Sports Radio 1520” KMSR into the Grand Forks, ND market. iHeartMedia also owns rock “KJ-108” KJKJ, CHR “XL-93” KKXL-FM, classic hits “96.1 The Fox” KQHT and “Sports Radio 1230 The Fan” KKXL in the Grand Forks market.