SALES – STATIONS
Memphis – Starnes Media Group files 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.
Louisville, KY – Peter Boyce and David Smith’s New Albany Broadcasting files a $325,000 deal to buy gospel WLLV (1240) and gospel WLOU (1350) from Blackstrap Broadcasting. The deal also includes the New Albany, IN-licensed translator W284AD at 104.7 FM. New Albany Broadcasting already owns Spanish “Poder” WLRS (1570) in the market. It will operate the stations under a local marketing agreement until closing. Broker: Henson Media
Tennessee – Larry Stone files a $275,000 deal to buy the classic country simulcast WLIV-FM, Monterey, TN (104.7) and WLIV, Livingston, TN (920). The deal includes two Livingston, TN-licensed translators: W270DD at 101.9 FM and W282AG at 104.3 FM. Stone will operate the stations under a time brokerage agreement until closing. He already owns four other stations in the area, including soft AC “Lite Rock 95.9” WLQK, “Rock 93.7” WBXE, “106.9 Kicks Country” WKXD, and “News Talk 1600” WUCT.
Greenville-Spartanburg, SC – Norberto Sanchez’s Norsan Media files a $150,000 deal to buy WOLI (910) from TBLC Media. WOLI has been off the air since December due to financial issues. It’s a new South Carolina market for Norsan Group which already owns stations in the Charleston, SC and Columbia, SC but WOLI will become its first in Greenville-Spartanburg Norsan Media will operate the station under a time broker agreement until closing. TBLC Media also has a pending $850,000 deal to sell sister regional Mexican “Activa Network” outlet WTOB-FM (103.9) to Radio Training Network. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage
Pennsylvania – Twilight Broadcasting files a $95,000 deal to buy classic country WPHB, Philipsburg, PA (1260) from Magnum Broadcasting. The deal also includes a construction permit for the Philipsburg, PA-licensed translator W281CB at 104.1 FM. Twilight Broadcasting currently owns four other Pennsylvania stations but none of them overlaps with WPHB.
SALES – TRANSLATORS
North Carolina – Educational Media Foundation files a $30,000 deal to sell the Lumberton, NC-licensed translator W280EP at 103.9 FM to Bible Broadcasting Network. Bible Broadcasting Network will use the signal to simulcast Fayetteville, NC market religious WYBH (91.1) EMF will still own three full-power stations in the market including contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliates WFVL (102.3) and WKFV (107.3), and contemporary Christian “Air1” affiliate WZRI (89.3).
Hawaii – The University of Hawaii files to transfer the Honolulu, HI-licensed translator K264BL at 100.7 FM to Hawaii Public Radio. No cash is changing hands but under the deal the HPR will allow the University’s student-run adult alternative KTUH (90.1) to relocate its antenna to HPR’s tower. Because HRP will pay for the move, the University saw the translator transfer as a more cost-effective move. The translator is already used by HPR to simulcast its classical format “HPR-2” KIPO (89.3).
Redding, CA – Jefferson Public Radio closes a $263,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KWCA (101.1) from Flinn Broadcasting. Jefferson Public Radio is Southern Oregon University’s network of noncommercial FM stations and translators covering southern Oregon and northern California. It already owns adult alternative/news-talk KNCA (89.7) and the Central Valley, CA-licensed translator K245CS at 96.9 FM in the Redding, CA market and it operates news-talk KJPR (1330) under a local marketing agreement with the University of Oregon. Broker: Eddie Esserman, Media Services Group
San Francisco – Alfredo Plascencia’s Lazer Broadcasting adds a third station in market No. 4 as it closes a $200,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KSFN (1510) from Mapleton Communications. Lazer Broadcasting also owns two suburban stations: Spanish adult hits “La Mejor” KJOR (104.1) and regional Mexican “Radio Lazer” KSRT (107.1). The deal marks the exit of Mapleton from the radio business. Stephens Media Group earlier purchased most of the Mapleton portfolio in $21 million deal that gave it 37 stations. Mapleton also sold its Chico, CA stations in a $400,000 deal with Bustos Media. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage.
Illinois – Lifestyle Educational Academy International closes a deal to buy religious WLSE, Canton, IL (103.3) and religious WLSB, Augusta, IL (98.5) from the Canton Seventh-Day Adventist Church for one dollar.
Louisiana – The First Baptist Church of Castor closes a deal to donate religious KRGL, Ringgold, LA (98.5) to Houston Christian Broadcasters. The Class C3 FM covers an area southeast of the Shreveport, LA market.