SALES – STATIONS
Illinois & Indiana – The University of Northwestern-St. Paul has filed a $4,101,558 deal to buy 13 contemporary Christian stations in Illinois and Indiana from fellow religious broadcaster Illinois Bible Institute. The portfolio includes FMs that cover parts of the Chicago, St. Louis, Peoria, and Terre Haute markets. The Illinois stations include WBGL, Champaign, IL (91.7); WBMV, Mt. Vernon IL (89.7); WCBW, East St. Louis, IL (89.7); WCFL, Morris, IL (104.7); WCIC, Peoria, IL (91.5); WIBI, Carlinville, IL (91.1); WIMB, Murphysboro, IL (89.1); WNLD, Decatur, IL (88.1); WPRC, Sheffield, IL (88.7); WSCT, Springfield, IL (90.5); WVNL, Vandalia, IL (91.7); and WZGL, Charleston, IL (88.1). And in Indiana, the University buys WCRT, Terre Haute, IN (88.5). The sale also includes a portfolio of seven FM translators including TK. With this deal the University of Northwestern-St. Paul’s media division grows to 81 broadcast licenses in 13 markets and 10 states. Broker: Greg Guy, Patrick Communications
Georgia – Dennis Jones files a $715,000 deal to buy three stations in the Vidalia, GA area from John Ladson’s Vidalia Communications. The stations include “Sweet Onion Country 101.7” WYUM, AC “98Q” WTCQ (97.7) and “News Talk 970” WVOP. RadioJones already owns seven other stations in the region including “100.5 Country” WXRS-FM and classic hits “The Rocket” WXRS (1590) in Swainsboro, GA; classic hits “100.7 The Boomer” WBMZ and contemporary Christian WHCG (1360) in Metter, GA; WEDB in East Dublin, GA; and hot AC “Magic 98.1” WDBG in Dexter, GA. The deal also includes the Vidalia, GA-licensed translator W287CR at 105.3 FM which simulcast WVOP.
Florida – The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Media files a $279,000 deal to buy regional Mexican “La Numero Uno 106.9” WZZS, Zolfo Springs, FL from Solmart Media. Lake Erie College already owns oldies “LECOM Radio 1220” WRSQ in the Sarasota-Bradenton, FL market and like that station WZZS will be converted to a noncommercial outlet. Once the sale closes Solmart Media will still own regional Mexican “La Zeta 105.3” WZSP and regional Mexican WTMY (1280) in the region.
Minnesota – Subarctic Media files a $71,000 deal to buy classic rock KXLP, Winthrop, MN (105.9) from Ketelsen Radio. Subarctic Media is a newly-created partnership between David Linder and Matthew and Lynn Ketelsen. It will operate KHRS under a local marketing agreement until closing. Linder Radio Group already owns a dozen stations in the region.
Chico, CA – Bustos Media has struck a deal to swap two of its FMs in market No. 202 in exchange for a Spanish-language FM. Bustos will swap classic hits KZAP (96.7) and rock “93.9 The Hippo” KFMF to Deer Creek Communications in exchange for regional Mexican “La Gran X” KHHZ (97.7) from Deer Creek. KHHZ will become a sister to Bustos-owned CHR “107.5 Now FM” KZSZ, rock “93.9 The Hippo” KFMF, CHR “107.5 Now FM” KQPT and classic hits KZAP (96.7). Once the deal closes Deer Creek will also own AC “Mix 95.1” KMXI, “103.5 The Blaze” KHSL-FM and “News Talk 1290” KPAY in the Chico market. Both companies will operate their respective new stations under a local marketing agreement until closing. No cash will change hands under the terms of the swap.
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Multistate Deal – Educational Media Foundation files to swap seven of its FM translator to iHeartMedia in exchange for six FM translators iHeart owns. No cash will change hands as part of the trade. The translators iHeart will swap to EMF include the Indianapolis, IN-licensed W248AW at 95.7 FM; the Nashville, TN-licensed W252CM at 98.3 FM; the Tulsa, OK-licensed at 93.5 FM; the Jacksonville Beach, FL-licensed at 106.9 FM; the Madison, WI-licensed W265CV at 100.9 FM; the Laureldale, PA-licensed at 92.3 FM; and the Calhoun Beach, MN-licensed K244FE at 96.7 FM. In exchange, EMF will swap six translators to iHeartMedia including the Cincinnati, OH-licensed W272BY at 102.3 FM; the Solon, OH-licensed at 106.1 FM; the Lexington, KY-licensed W280DO at 103.9 FM; the Fridley, MN-licensed K273BH at 102.5 FM; the Perrysburg, OH-licensed W235BH at 94.9 FM; and the Waco, TX-licensed K236BR at 95.1 FM.
Kentucky – Pure Radio files a $150,000 deal to buy the Elizabethtown, KY-licensed translator W222CD at 92.3 FM from Washington County CBC. The translator currently simulcasts Commonwealth Broadcasting’s sports WIEL, Elizabethtown, KY (1400).
Wisconsin – Ben Thompson closes files a $5.75 million deal to buy country WJVL (99.9) and news/talk WCLO (1230) in Janesville, WI from Bliss Communications. The deal also includes the Janesville, WI-licensed translator W224DE at 92.7 FM which simulcasts WCLO. And the deal also includes two daily newspapers, The Gazette in Janesville and The Eagle Herald in Marinette, WI, as well as three weekly community newspapers, including The Janesville Messenger, The Wisconsin/Illinois Stateline News and Walworth County Shopper Advertiser. According to a filing with the FCC, Ben Thompson will operate WJVL and WCLO independently of Big Radio, which is owned by his father Scott Thompson. Big Radio already owns eight radio stations in the region. They include oldies “The Big FM 93.7” WBGR and “Classic Big Country AM 1260” WEKZ in Monroe, WI; rock “105.9 The Hog” WWHG in Evansville, WI; “Iron Country” WGEZ (1490) and adult hits “The Beat” WBEL (1380) in Beloit, WI; classic rock “Q-102” WQLF in Lena, IL; and “Kickin' Country K-92” WFPS and “Genuine Country 1570” WFRL in Freeport, IL. The filing also shows that Ben Thompson has agreed to a $1 million, three-year non-compete payout to Sydney Bliss Jr. Broker: Kalil
Michigan – Chuck Williams’ MediaBrew Communications closes a $2 million deal to buy a trio of Marquette, MI-area stations including country WFXD, Marquette, MI (103.3); AC “Sunny 101.9P” WKQS-FM Negaunee, MI; and classic rock WRUP, Palmer, MI (98.3) from Todd Noordyk’s Great Lakes Radio. The deal also includes three FM translators: the Marquette, MI-licensed W291CJ at 106.1 FM; the lshpeming, MI-licensed W260AG at 99.9 FM; and the Marquette, MI-licensed W286BC at 105.1 FM. MediaBrew also gains various digital media assets, including UPbargains.com and a number of client web-hosting services. Williams is a radio veteran who has held market manager roles for Emmis and Radio One in Indianapolis and Bonneville Chicago. Noordyk is a long time Michigan broadcaster who has owned 26 stations over 36 years. He still owns six other Michigan broadcast properties. Broker: Bill Cate, Media Services Group
Tuscaloosa, AL – Townsquare Media closes a $700,000 deal to buy urban “105.1 The Block” WALJ from Apex Broadcasting. In order to comply with FCC ownership limits Townsquare has also closed a $100,000 deal to sell sports “Tide 102.9” WTID to Educational Media Foundation. EMF already covers parts of the Tuscaloosa market with its contemporary Christian “K-Love” format on rimshotter KLXQ, Greensboro, AL (99.1). In addition to WALJ, Townsquare also owns country “95.3 The Bear” WFFN, urban AC WTUG-FM (92.9), alternative “Alt 101.1” WQRR, classic country WTBC (1230), and gospel WTSK (790) in the market.
Tucson, AZ – Family Life Radio closes a $650,000 deal to sell one of its three stations in market No. 62. Fletcher McCusker’s Tucson Radio has bought contemporary Christian KFLT (830) from Family Life. Also included in the sale is the Oro Valley, AZ-licensed translator K269FV at 101.7 FM. McClusker will convert KFLT into a commercial station. Family Life Radio still owns contemporary Christian KFLT-FM (104.1) and KTUK (88.5) in the market. Broker: Kalil
Huntsville, AL –Neighbors Broadcast Company closes a $535,000 deal to buy sports “97.7 The Zone” WZZN from Brantley Broadcast Associates. The deal includes a $435,000 seven-year promissory note. Neighbors Broadcast Company will operate WWZN under a time brokerage agreement until closing. Once the sale closes Brantley will still own sports “ESPN 1400” WWTM in the Huntsville market.
Chico, CA – Bustos Media closed a $400,000 deal to buy rock “93.9 The Hippo” KFMF, CHR “107.5 Now FM” KQPT and classic hits KZAP (96.7) from Mapleton Communications. The deal also includes the Chico, CA-licensed translator K300AD at 107.9 FM, which simulcasts KQPT. Mapleton still owns country “95.7 The Wolf” KALF in the Chico market. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage
Biloxi-Gulfport-Pascagoula, MS – Educational Media Foundation closes a $362,000 deal to buy WLGF (107.1) from Port Broadcasting. WLGF has been airing EMF’s contemporary Christian “K-Love” format since March. The deal fills in EMF’s Gulf Coast coverage map as it already owns stations in the adjacent New Orleans, LA and Mobile, AL markets.