SALES – STATIONS
Peoria, IL – Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications has filed a $21.6 million deal to buy Alpha Media’s cluster in market No. 159. The stations include hot AC “Mix 106.9” WSWT, country “104.9 The Wolf” WXCL, classic hits “93.3 The Drive” WPBG, classic hip-hop “G 102.3” WNGY, talk WMBD (1470) and oldies “Super Hits 1290” WIRL. Midwest owns 75 stations but these become its first in Illinois. The deal is the latest in a series of spin-offs by Alpha, which earlier sold clusters in West Palm Beach, FL; Biloxi, MS; and Bluefield, WV. Broker: Kalil
Delaware & Maryland – Kerby Confer and Donald Alt’s Forever Media has struck an $18.5 million deal to buy Delmarva Broadcasting, owner of 10 radio stations along the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware and Maryland. In the Wilmington, DE market Forever buys hot AC WSTW (93.7), the news-talk /sports simulcast of WDEL-FM & AM (101.7/1150) and gospel “Faith 1510” WFAI. And in the in the Salisbury-Ocean City, MD market Forever buys country WXCY (103.7), classic hits “97.1 The Wave” WAVD, classic hits “Cool 101.3” WNCL, news/talk “Delaware 105.9” WXDE, hot AC “Eagle 97.7” WAFL and sports “ESPN Delaware” WYUS (930). The cluster also includes the Milford, DE-licensed translator W271CX at 102.1 FM which simulcasts WYUS. The sale marks Delmarva’s exit from the radio business. Delmarva’s parent company, Steinman Communications, is the publisher of LNP/Lancaster Online. Forever Media owns radio stations in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Broker: Michael Bergner
Dayton, OH – Antioch College has struck a deal to spin news/adult alternative WYSO (91.3) to a newly-created independent operating company. The not-for-profit Miami Valley Public Media will pay $3.5 million to buy WYSO from the College. No programing or staff changes are planned. The private Antioch College paid $3.7 million for WYSO’s license in 2013 after it was spun-out of parent Antioch University.
Tennessee – Forever Media files a $765,000 deal to buy four stations and two FM translators from Benton-Weatherford Broadcasting including hot AC “94.1 The Lake” WLZK, Paris, TN; country WMUF, Henry, TN (104.7); and the oldies simulcast of WRQR, Paris, TN (1000) and WHDM, McKenzie, TN (1440). The three translators in the deal include the Paris, TN-licensed translator W248BK at 97.5 FM which relays WRQR. And the McKenzie, TN-licensed W255BF at 98.9 FM which simulcasts WHDM. Forever Media already owns 17 stations in a region along the Kentucky-Tennessee border. Once the sale closes Benton-Weatherford Broadcasting will still own oldies WHDM, McKenzie, TN (1440).
Alabama – The Augustus Foundation files a $42,000 deal to buy urban AC “Hot 107.7” WHSL, Lisman, AL from Stephen Mack and Harding Douglas. The Foundation will operate the station under a local marketing agreement until closing.
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Colorado – Vic Michael files a $30,000 deal to buy the Golden, CO-licensed translator K213FH at 101.5 FM from Mary Medicus. Michael will use the translator to simulcast variety “K-Rocky 88.7” KRKY-FM, Douglas, WY.
Massachusetts – CodComm files an $11,250 deal to buy three FM translators on Cape Cod from Nantucket Public Radio. They include the Hyannis, MA-licensed W230AW at 93.9 FM; the Hyannis, MA-licensed W263CU at 100.5 FM; and the Vineyard Haven, MA-licensed W300BE at 107.9 FM. John Garabedian’s CodComm owns four full-power stations on the Cape.
Indiana – Spoon River Media files a one dollar deal to buy the La Porte, IN-licensed translator W293DR at 106.5 FM from La Porte County Broadcasting. Spoon River Media will simulcast adult standards WLOI (1540) on the translator giving the 250-watt daytime-only station a 24-hour signal.
Lubbock, TX – VCY America closes a $550,000 deal to buy KJAK (92.7) from Williams Broadcast Group. The station becomes the first owned in Texas by Milwaukee-based VCY America. It plans to convert KJAK into a noncommercial operation. Broker: David Garland Media Brokerage
Alabama – Educational Media Foundation closes a $230,000 deal to buy WSGN, Gadsden, AL (91.5) from Gadsden State Community College. EMF already owns contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate WHVK (103.5) in the nearby Huntsville market. Broker: Mark Jorgenson
Reno, NV – 1400 Investments, a partnership between Fred Weinberg, Floyd Brownhold and Don Brown, closes a $100,000 deal to buy talk KNNR (1400) from Flinn Broadcasting. The deal includes the Washoe Valley, NV-licensed translator K277DL at 103.3 FM. Weinberg and Brown already hold an interest in Ely Radio, but that company doesn’t own any stations in the Reno market. Once the sale closes George Flinn will still own adult hits “Bob 93.7” KZTQ in Reno.
California & Nevada – Westside Christian Fellowship A.V. closes an $85,000 deal to buy religious KWTD, Ridgecrest, CA (91.9) and religious KWTW, Bishop, CA (88.5) from Living Proof. The deal also includes the Lake Isabella, CA-licensed translator K239AZ at 95.7 FM and the Tonopah, NV-licensed translator K290AO at 105.9 FM.