SALES – STATIONS
Ohio – AVC Communications Multimedia Group files a $1.4 million deal to buy classic hits “Y-107.3” WYBZ, Crooksville, OH from Y-Bridge Broadcasting. AVC Communications currently owns six other stations in the Cambridge, OH area including hot AC “Mix 96” WCMJ, classic hits WBNV (93.5), country “KC-105” WWKC, classic rock “Rock 92.1” WBIK, adult standards WILE-FM (97.7), and classic country “Nash Icon 1270” WILE but none of them overlaps with WYBZ.
San Diego – iHeartMedia files a $1.2 million deal to buy news-talk KFMB (760) from Local Media San Diego. iHeartMedia will operate KFMB under a local marketing agreement until closing and it is currently simulcasting news/talk “News Radio 600” KOGO. As part of the sale, iHeart pledges to file for new call letters before the sale closes. iHeartMedia already owns seven stations in the San Diego market including classic rock KGB-FM (101.5), CHR “Channel 93.3” KHTS-FM, hot AC “Star 94.1” KMYI, urban “Jam’n 95.7” KSSX, “Rock 105.3” KIOZ, “Xtra 1360 Fox Sports” KLSD and “News Radio 600” KOGO. Local Media San Diego just acquired KFMB and adult hits KFMB-FM (100.7) in a $5 million deal with Tegna this month. It retains KFMB-FM and it also programs alternative rock “91X” XETRA-FM. Broker: Kalil
Ohio – Tom Klein’s BAS Broadcasting files a $688,000 deal to buy oldies WTTF, Tiffin, OH (1600) from Anthony Paradiso’s Tiffin Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Tiffin, OH-licensed translator W227BJ at 93.3 FM. BAS Broadcasting has been operating the station under a local marketing agreement since 2015 and under the terms of the deal all of the $19,000-per month LMA fees will be applied toward the purchase price. BAS Broadcasting already owns seven stations in the region including three that overlap with WTTF including AC “Eagle 99” WFRO-FM, country “100.9 Coast Country” WMJK, and classic hits“92.1 The Wolf” WOHF.
Utah – Educational Media Foundation files a $382,000 deal to buy news-talk KSGU, St. George, UT (90.3) from Nevada Public Radio. The sale allows EMF to upgrade its coverage in the area where it currently only owns the St. George, UT-licensed translator K203EY at 88.5 FM. The signal airs its contemporary Christian “K-Love” network. Broker: Robert H. Branch
Augusta, GA – Covenant Community Ministries files a $350,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WEZO (1230) from Michael Msbuttoni. Covenant Community Ministries will operate the station under a time brokerage agreement until closing.
Tennessee – William Nunley files a $250,000 deal to buy country “Kix 96.7 WNKX-FM, Centerville, TN from Hickman Digital Media. Nunley already owns country WOPC, Lindon, TN (101.3) and country WMAK, Lobelville, TN (1570) in the area and it operates AC “Sunny 106.5” WLVS-FM, Clifton, TN under a lease arrangement with Big River Broadcasting.
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA – Terry Suggs’ TL Broadcasting files a $150,000 deal to buy WXTG (1490) from Tom Davis’ Local Voice Media. The deal also includes the Hampton, VA-licensed translator W270DA at 101.9 FM. Suggs was previously a part-owner of WHLQ, Lawrenceville, VA (105.5). Local Voice Media will still own “All News 102” WXTG-FM in the market once the sale closes.
Florida – Ferris Waller’s Walco Enterprises files a $150,000 deal to buy WFHT, Avon Park, FL (1390) from Azure Media. The deal also includes the Avon Park, FL-licensed translator W298BU at 107.5 FM which allows the urban AC station to brand itself as “Kiss 107.5” covering the Sebring, FL area. Walco Enterprises already owns variety “Boss Hog Radio” WWAB/WHNR (1330/1360) in the Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL market and c” simulcast WKFL, Bushnell, FL (1170) covering Sumter County. Broker: Harold Bausemer
Colorado – Colorado Public Radio files a $150,000 deal to buy jazz/variety KVJZ, Vail, CO (88.5) from Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting. Colorado Public Radio already owns news-talk KPRE (89.9) in Vail as well as the Vail, CO-licensed translator K206EM at 89.1 FM that airs a classical format.
Atlantic City-Cape May, NJ – Hope Christian Church of Marlton adds to its New Jersey radio holdings with a $100,000 deal to buy Christian rock WXGN (90.5) from Joy Broadcasting. The closing of the sale is conditioned on Joy Broadcasting taking control of the low power station WLOM-LP (92.7) in the Atlantic City market.
Rapid City, SC – Carolyn and Doyle Becker’s Riverfront Broadcasting files an $80,000 deal to buy oldies KDSJ, Deadwood, SD (980) from Loren and Pace Maier’s 4 Paws Broadcasting. It is a quick turnaround for 4 Paws Broadcasting which closed a deal to buy KDSJ for $405,000 in December. Riverfront Broadcasting already owns five stations in the Rapid City market including AC “Star 106.3” KZLK, “X-Rock 101.1” KDDX, country “95.9 Eagle Country” KZZI, classic hits “Q-92.3” KQRQ and “News Radio 1380” KOTA.
Honolulu – Hochman Hawaii Communications adds a third station to its cluster in market No. 64 with a $55,000 deal to buy currently-silent KUPA (1370) from James Su. The sale also includes the Waipahu, HI-licensed translator K280FC at 103.9 FM. George Hochman already owns “Oldies 101.1” KORL-FM and ethnic “Shaka 96.7” KPHI in the Honolulu market. Once the deal closes, Su will still own stations in the Atlanta; Boston; Riverside-San Bernardino, CA; Salt Lake City; and Las Vegas markets. He recently closed the sale of a Portland, OR station (see below).
Kansas – Divine Mercy Radio files a $52,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KRMR, Hays, KS (105.7) from Randy Michaels’ Radioactive. Divine Mercy plans to convert the station to noncommercial status. It already owns three other Kansas stations including religious “Divine Mercy Radio 88.1” KVDM in Hays.
Michigan – Hit Radio Media files a $44,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WMOM, Pentwater, MI (102.7) from Bay View Broadcasting. Hit Radio Media will operate the station under a time brokerage agreement until closing. WMOM has been off the air since April 20219 when owner Patrick Lopeman was involved in an automobile accident and was no longer to travel to the station from his home in Milwaukee.
Hawaii – Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls files a $25,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KCIF, Hilo, HI (90.30 from Hilo Christian Broadcasting.
Minnesota – Minnesota Christian Broadcasters files a $21,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KFNK, Franklin, MN (89.5) from South Central Oklahoma Christian Broadcasting. Minnesota Christian Broadcasters’ religious “The Word” network already airs on three other stations in the state. Broker: Rockwell Media Services
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Nashville – Bud Walters’ Cromwell Group files a $30,000 deal to buy the Franklin, TN-licensed translator W292ED at 106.3 FM from Educational Media Foundation. The filing says Cromwell Group plans to simulcast rock “102.9 The Buzz” WBUZ on the signal. Once the sale closes, EMF will still own contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate WLVU (97.1) in the Nashville market.
Olean, NY & Elmira-Corning, NY – Kristin Cantrell’s Seven Mountains Media has closed several deals worth a combined $2 million that will see it buy three full-power stations and 12 FM translators from companies controlled by George Hawras and Kevin Fitzgerald and gain a foothold in New York’s Southern Tier.
In the first piece Seven Mountains paid $1.25 million for classic rock “95.5 The Met” WMTT in the Elmira-Corning, NY market. It includes a $600,000 four-year promissory note. The deal also includes 11 FM translators including the Hornell, NY-licensed W226AP at 93.1 FM; the Elmira Heights, NY-licensed W228DN at 93.5 FM; the Corning, NY-licensed W236AK at 95.1 FM: the Hornell, NY-licensed W236CP at 95.1 FM; the Bath, NY-licensed W239BK at 95.7 FM; the Elmira, NY-licensed W239BQ at 95.7 FM; the Mansfield, PA-licensed W250BI at 97.9 FM; the Horseheads, NY-licensed W269BK at 101.7 FM; the Elmira, NY-licensed W277DW at 103.3 FM: the Alfred, NY-licensed W284BX at 104.7 FM: and the Wellsboro, PA-licensed W300BX at 107.9 FM.
In a separate piece of the deal, Seven Mountains Media paid $150,000 to buy classic hits “Cool 96” WPHD-FM. This portion of the deal also includes the Corning, NY-licensed translator W300DH at 107.9 FM which relays “Cool” and the Elmira, NY-licensed translator W226BA at 93.1 FM that airs an alternative format branded as “93.1 The Drive” using an HD subchannel of WPHD-FM.
And in the third piece of the deal in the adjacent Olean, NY market, Seven Mountains Media closed a $600,000 deal to buy classic hits “Cool 97” WZHD. Half of that purchase price will be paid in cash, with the other half covered by a four-year promissory note.
Seven Mountains Media already owned four stations in the Elmira-Corning market (No. 226) including CHR “Wink 106” WNKI, country “100.9 Wolf” WPGI, rock “Wingz 104.9” WNGZ and talk WWLZ (820). And in the Olean market (No. 224) Seven Mountains already owns country “95.7 The Pig” WPIG, country “104.5 Bigfoot Country” WNBT-FM and classic hits WOLY (1450).
Long Island, NY – New York Public Television WNET-TV/WLIW-TV has closed a $944,834 deal to buy news-talk WPPB (88.3) from Peconic Public Broadcasting. The station is licensed to Southampton, NY and covers Long Island’s East End. New York Public Television doesn’t own any other radio stations. The deal includes a three-year non-compete agreement preventing Peconic Public Broadcasting from starting a new station that would compete with WPPB. Broker: Public Media Company
Memphis – Starnes Media Group closes a $685,000 deal to buy talk KWAM (990) from Legacy Media Holdings. The deal also includes the Memphis, TN-licensed translator W300DE at 107.9 FM. Todd Starnes is a former Fox News Radio host who left the network last October when Fox opted not to renew his contract. He created Starnes Media Group and has recruited Dalton Glasscock as its CEO. Glasscock has been active in Republican politics in Wichita, KS. Starnes doesn’t own any other stations.
Michigan – Chris Bernier’s Armada Media Partners closes a $650,000 deal to buy four stations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from Randy Michaels’ Radioactive. The stations include CHR “94.9 The Bay” WUPZ, classic country “Maverick 96.7” WUPG, and classic hits “100.3 The Point” WUPT in Marquette, MI. Armada also buys classic hits “Eagle 107.3” WUPF in the nearby Escanaba, MI area. Armada Media has been operating the stations since April 2016. It already owns five stations in Escanaba including country WCMM (102.5), oldies “Kool 105.5” WGKL, CHR “Magic 97” WGLQ, “News Talk 600” WCHT, and classic country “The Maverick 1490” WTIQ. The gives Armada a total of 14 stations in Michigan’s U.P. region including another five stations in the Marinette/Menominee area.
Kansas City – Reyes Media Group closes a $600,000 deal to buy regional Mexican “La Grande 1340” KDTD and Spanish sports KCZZ (1480) from TBLC Media. Edward Reyes has been operating the stations under a local marketing agreement since July 2015. Reyes Media Group also leases regional Mexican “La X 1250” KYYS from Entercom since 2010 under a $15,000-per month LMA.
Georgia – C.T. Barinowski’s Good News Network closes a $575,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WVGC, Westminster, SC (96.7) from Art Sutton’s Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting. Religious operator Good News Network already owns 13 stations in Georgia. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage
Wyoming & Idaho – Scott Anderson’s Jackson Hole Radio closes a $550,000 deal to buy four full-power stations and four FM translators in Jackson, WY from Rich Broadcasting’s RP Broadcasting. The signals include “Country 93.5” KJAX; adult alternative “Mountain Radio” KMTN (96.9); classic rock “KZ-95” KZJH; and regional Mexican “La Nueva” KSGT (1340). The translators including the Jackson, WY-licensed K242BU at 96.3 FM which simulcasts KZJH; the Teton Village, WY-licensed K265DA at 100.9 FM which simulcast KZJH; the Driggs, ID-licensed K239AU at 95.7 FM which simulcasts KZJH; and the Driggs, ID-licensed K281BH at 104.1 FM which simulcasts KJAX. A promissory note for the full purchase point is included. The sale of the stations is tied to the bankruptcy of RP Broadcasting which has been overseen by trustee Mark Hasimoto since March 2017. Rich Broadcasting still owns six other stations that aren’t affected by the bankruptcy.
Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac, MI – Educational Media Foundation closes a $422,000 deal to buy WKLZ-FM (98.9) from William Langer Gokey’s Northern Broadcasting. EMF currently doesn’t own any stations in the market and is expected to put its contemporary Christian “K-Love” format on WKLZ-FM. Broker: Jason James, Patrick Communications
Salisbury-Ocean City, MD – The Voice Radio Network closes a $375,000 deal to buy classic hits WKHI (94.9) from VinCo Media. The Voice Radio Network already owns five other stations in the market including classic rock “The Vault” WJKI-FM/WJKI (103.5/1320), Spanish CHR “Maxima 95.3” WKDB, rhythmic CHR “Power 101.7” WZEB, and regional Mexican “La Raza 900” WJWL.
Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, NC – Latino Broadcasting closes a deal to donate Spanish-language religious WYSR (1590) to Iglesia Cristo Reyna. The appraised value of the donation is pegged at $325,000 to $350,000.
Kentucky – Kristin Cantrell’s Seven Mountains Media closes a $250,000 deal to buy WKYL, Lawrenceburg, KY (102.1) from Davenport Broadcasting. The deal includes a $125,000 promissory note. Seven Mountains Media already owns three other stations in the area west of the Lexington-Fayette, KY market including classic hits “Passport Radio” WFRT-FM/WKYW (103.7/1490) and “Froggy Country” WFKY (104.9).
Michigan – Billy Sours’ Madsun Investments closes a $230,000 deal to buy classic rock “Buzz 102.5” WBZV, Hudson, MI from Friends Communications. Broker: Patrick Communications
Portland, OR – Irina Baranova’s PIN Investments closes a $200,000 deal to buy ethnic Chinese KXPD (1040) from James Su. PIN Investments will operate the station under a time brokerage agreement until closing. KXPD will change its programming to serve the Russian community in the Portland market. Broker: Kozacko Media Services
Missouri – Dean Brueseke and Robert Scott’s Meramec Area Broadcasting closes a $200,000 deal to buy country/sports KTUI-FM (102.1) and news/talk KTUI (1560) in Sullivan, MO from Fidelity Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Sullivan, MO-licensed translator K231CP at 94.1 FM which simulcasts KTUI-AM. A $150,000 promissory note is part of the agreement. Fidelity is a local cable TV provider which has owned the stations since 1997.
Missouri – Joy Christian Communications files a $170,000 deal to buy contemporary Christian KELE-FM (92.5) and religious KELE (1360) in Mountain Grove, MO and gospel KOZX, Cabool, MO (98.1) from Ozark Media. All three stations are currently off the air. Joy Christian Communications will operate the stations under a time brokerage agreement until closing.
Richmond, VA – John Fredericks’ MAGA Radio Network closes a $155,000 deal to buy “News Talk 100.5” WJFN from Truth Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Hopewell, VA-licensed translator W245CU at 96.9 FM. Fredericks has operated the station under a time brokerage agreement since Oct. 2018.
Oregon – Tom Hodgins and Chris Jacky’s Xana Oregon closes a $155,000 deal to buy classic hits “The Boss 100.7” KPPT-FM, Depoe Bay, OR and “News Talk 1230” KCUP, Toledo, OR from Agpal Broadcasting. Xana Oregon already owns there stations in the Tillamook area: “Country 95.9” KTIL-FM, hot AC “Coast 105.5” KDEP, and “Good Time Oldies 1590” KTIL.
Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac, MI – Victoria Bishop’s Michigan Broadcasters closes a $75,000 deal to buy “Straits Country 97.7” WCHY from David Smith. Michigan Broadcasters doesn’t own any other stations.
Tennessee – Steve and Tim Clenney closes a one dollar deal to buy country “Q-97.3” WKJQ-FM, Parsons, TN from their father, Ralph Clenney. The filing with the FCC says Steve Clenney will have a 51% stake and notes he has worked at the station since he finished school. The other 49% will be held by Tim Clenney.
Chico, CA – Bustos Media has closed a deal to swap two of its FMs in market No. 202 in exchange for a Spanish-language FM. Bustos swapped classic hits KZAP (96.7) and” News Talk 93.9” KPAY-FM to Deer Creek Communications in exchange for regional Mexican “La Gran X” KHHZ (97.7). Bustos also owns regional Mexican “La Z” KZSZ (107.5) in the Chico market. The swap allowed Deer Creek to grow its cluster which also includes AC “Mix 95.1” KMXI, country“103.5 The Blaze” KHSL-FM and sports KPAY (1290). No cash changed hands under the terms of the swap.
This story has been updated to reflect it is Rich Broadcasting’s RP Broadcasting division that sold stations in Wyoming and Idaho and filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.