SALES – STATIONS
San Diego – Local Media San Diego files a $5 million deal to buy adult hits KFMB-FM (100.7) and news-talk KFMB (760) from Tegna. The television company acquired the stations last February as part of its purchase of KFMB-TV for $325 million from Midwest Television. Tegna will retain the rights to the call letters of both radio stations and under terms of the deal Local Media San Diego has 30 days to wind down its use of the heritage call letters on-air and one year to end its use of the calls “in connection with the transition of relationships with radio media buying agencies and other accounts.” Local Media San Diego currently controls CHR “Z-90” XHITZ, alternative rock “91X” XETRA-FM, and rhythmic AC “Magic 92.5” XHRM, all licensed to Tijuana, Mexico. Local Media San Diego CFO Norm McKee, VP/GM Gregg Wolfson, and director Steve McNeely led a management buyout of the company in February 2019. Their partnership also includes veteran broadcasters John Gehron, Todd Schumacher and Virginia owner Mel Wheeler Inc., in addition to several investment firms including Trivest Investment Partners, Tantara Capital Partners, and Simmons Capital.
Olean, NY & Elmira-Corning, NY – Kristin Cantrell’s Seven Mountains Media has filed 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 will pay $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 will pay $150,000 deal 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 files 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 owns 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).
Seven Mountains began operating the stations under a time brokerage agreement on Jan. 1.
Wisconsin – Magnum Communications files a $2.7 million deal to buy three stations between the Milwaukee and Madison, WI markets from NRG Media, including AC WSJY (107.3) and talk/sports WFAW (940) in Fort Atkinson, WI and classic hits “Kool FM 106.5” WKCH, Whitewater, WI. The deal also includes the Fort Atkinson, WI-licensed translator at 103.3 FM which simulcasts WFAW. Dave Magnum already owns 16 other radio stations in Wisconsin, including three he acquired from NRG Media in 2007. Broker: Kalil
Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac, MI – In a series of deals William Langer Gokey’s Northern Broadcasting sells three of its four stations in market No. 158 for a combined $1,372,000.
In the first sale, Central Michigan University strikes a $500,000 deal to buy classic hits “94.3 Fox FM” WFCX. Central Michigan University already owns eight other stations in the state, but this will be its first in the Traverse City market.
In the second deal, Ross Biederman and Chris Warren’s Midwestern Broadcasting files a $450,000 deal to buy rock WKLT (97.5) Midwestern Broadcasting already owns five stations in the market including country WTCM-FM/WBCM (103.5/93.5), CHR “Z-93” WJZQ, classic hits WCCW-FM (107.5), “News Talk 580” WTCM and oldies WCCW (1310).
In the third piece, Educational Media Foundation files a $422,000 deal to buy rock WKLZ-FM (98.9). EMF currently doesn’t own any stations in the market and is expected to put its contemporary Christian “K-Love” format on WKLZ.
The trio of sales leaves one more FM to be sold: the currently-silent WSRT (106.7).
Broker: Jason James, Patrick Communications
Denver-Boulder – Radio 74 Internationale files a $600,000 deal to buy a second station in market No. 18. The religious broadcaster will buy classic hits “The Rock” KCKK (1510) from Hunt Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Boulder, CO-licensed translator K225CZ at 92.9 FM. The contract includes a $400,000 promissory note. Radio 74 Internationale already owns religious KPLS (97.7) in the Denver-Boulder market. Broker: Griffin Media Brokers
Salisbury-Ocean City, MD – The Voice Radio Network adds another FM to its cluster in market No. 134 with a $375,000 deal to buy classic hits WKHI (94.9) from Vinco Media. The Voice Radio Network already owns classic rock “The Vault” WJKI-FM & AM (103.5/1320), urban “Power 101.7” WZEB, Spanish CHR “Maxima 95.3” WKDB, and regional Mexican “La Raza 900” WJWL.
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA – Hosanna Media Group files a $250,000 deal to buy Spanish religious “Hosanna Radio” WCPK (1600) from Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting. Hosanna Media Group has operated WCPK under a time brokerage agreement since 2014. The filing says $199,000 in TBA fees will be applied toward the purchase price. Seller Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting will still own three stations in the Norfolk market once the deal closes, including urban “Praise” WTJZ/WHKT (1270/1650) and religious WPMH (1010).
Portland, OR – Irina Baranova’s PIN Investments files 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
Ohio – Educational Media Foundation files a $170,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WCWS-FM, Wooster, OH from the College of Wooster. EMF currently doesn’t own any stations that cover the area and it is expected to air the contemporary Christian “K-Love” format on WCWS-Fm. The college took the alt-rock station off the air last spring telling the FCC it didn’t have the dedicated staff or necessary expertise to continue operating a student-run station Broker: Patrick Communications
Texas – North of Brownsville, La Vox de Dios Comunidad Cristiana files a $75,000 deal to buy Spanish religious “Radio Vida” KRVP, Falfurrias, TX (91.5) from Christian Ministries of the Valley.
North Carolina – Calvin and Teresa Hastings’ KTC Broadcasting files a $75,000 deal to buy “True Oldies 1320” WAGY, Forest City, NC from Marjorie Huskey. The deal includes the Forest City, NC-licensed translator W298CZ at 107.5 FM. KTC Broadcasting has operated WAGY since November under a time brokerage agreement. It already owns three other AM stations in the region, but none overlaps with WAGY.
Wyoming – Educational Media Foundation files to swap the Casper, WY-licensed translator K214DI at 90.7 FM to Vic Michael in exchange for the KEZF, Casper, WY (88.3) and $50,000 cash. KEZF has been off the air since November and it currently doesn’t have a tower site. EMF will relocate the Class C3 FM to the tower currently being used by the translator and Michael will find a new tower site for the translator. EMF already owns contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate KLWC (89.1) in Casper and it had been using the translator to clear its sister contemporary Christian “Air1” network.
Illinois – The Covenant Network files a $47,000 deal to buy adult alternative “88.3 The Bridge” WQNA, Springfield, IL from Capital Area Vocational Center. The station has gone silent and it will return with a religious format. The Covenant Network already owns two FM translators in the market including the Springfield, IL-licensed W205BG at 88.9 FM and the Springfield, IL-licensed W258EDX at 104.9 FM. Broker: Paramount Media Advisors
Illinois – David Brown’s Illiana Communications files a $42,000 deal to buy “CD Country 107.9” WCDD and talk/classic hits WBYS (1560) in Canton, IL from Prairie Communications. The sale also includes the Canton, IL-licensed translator W22BZ at 93.7 FM which simulcasts WBYS. Illiana Communications already owns adult hits/farm WITY (980) in the area. Illiana will operate the two new stations under a local marketing agreement until closing. Broker: Paramount Media Advisors
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Hawaii – New Heights Communications files a $30,010 deal to buy the Haleiwa, HI-licensed translator K284AL at 104.7 FM from Cedar Cove Broadcasting. Located on the island of Oʻahu, the translator is currently a 10-watt “non-fill-in” translator that simulcasts Honolulu market contemporary Christian “K-Love” KLUU (103.5).
Pennsylvania – Cumberland Valley Christian Radio files a one dollar deal to buy the Shermans Dale, PA-licensed translator W226AS at 93.1 FM from Four Rivers Community Broadcasting. The signal already relays Cumberland Valley Christian Radio’s religious “91.3 The Bridge” WPFG in the Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, CA market.
North Carolina & Virginia – Byrne Acquisition Group closes a $3.4 million deal to buy seven full-power stations and two FM translators along the North Carolina-Virginia border from Alex Kolobielski’s First Media Radio. The stations include soft AC “98.3 The River” WDLZ and “Gospel 1080” WWDR in Murfreesboro, NC; country “Maverick 102.3” WPTM, Roanoke Rapids, NC; sports “1400 The Score” WSMY, Weldon, NC; classic hits “Magic 97.9” WTRG, Gaston, NC; urban “99.5 Jamz” WYTT, Emporia, VA; and classic rock “107.7 Rock City” WWDW, Alberta, VA. The translators include the Weldon, NC-licensed W246DQ at 97.1 FM and the Murfreesboro, NC-licensed W290DE at 105.9 FM. Broker: George Reed, Media Services Group
Iowa – KMAland Broadcasting closes a $2.9 million deal to buy the talk simulcast KMA-FM, Clarinda, IA (99.1) and KMA, Shenandoah, IA (960) from Ed May’s KMA Broadcasting. The buyer is a company created by a group of local residents.
Richmond, VA – Virginia Tech Foundation closes a $2.15 million deal to buy WNVU (89.7) from Educational Media Foundation. The purchase will give the news/talk Radio IQ network that originates at WVTF (89.1) Roanoke-Lynchburg its 25th signal in Virginia. EMF still owns three stations in the Richmond market, including “K-Love” affiliates WLFV (98.9) and WKYV-FM (100.3) plus Christian CHR “Air1” affiliate WARV (90.1).
Wisconsin – Bryan Mazur closes a $1.5 million deal to buy adult standards WBDK, Algoma, WI (96.7); adult hits “102.1 More FM” WRKU, Forestville, WI; country WRLU, Algoma, WI (104.1); and classic country WSBW, Ephraim, WI (105.1) from Roger Utnehmer’s Nicolet Broadcasting. The sale also includes the Sturgeon Bay, WI-licensed translator W277BP at 103.3 FM. It simulcasts WSBW. Mazur was the sales manager for the four-station group. Utnehmer is retiring after 42 years working in Wisconsin radio.
Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA – Forever Broadcasting closes a $1.225 million deal to buy AC “Soft Rock 100.1” and talk WLBR (1270) from Lebanon Broadcasting. Forever Media already operates in several Pennsylvania markets, but the deal brings it into the Harrisburg- Lebanon-Carlisle, PA for the first time. It also owns stations in the nearby State College, York, and Altoona markets. The sale marks the end of an era. The Etter family has owned the stations for more than 70 years and Lebanon Broadcasting president Robert Etter says because his sons work outside radio, he agreed to sell the AM/FM combo to Forever Media. Broker: Greg Guy, Patrick Communications
LaSalle-Peru, IL – John Spencer’s Starved Rock Media closes a $1 million deal to buy hot AC WAJK (99.3), country “96.5 The Wolf” WLWF and classic hits WLPO (1220) from La Salle County Broadcasting. Starved Rock Media doesn’t own any other stations. Spencer is currently the vice-president of operations for all three stations.
Indiana – James Schliemann’s Iron Horse Broadcasting closes a $780,000 deal to buy “Hoosier Country 103.7” WHZR, classic hits “102.3 The River” WLHM, adult standards WSAL (1230) in Logansport, IN from David Keister’s Mid-America Radio Group.
Green Bay, WI – Educational Media Foundation closes a $512, 000 deal to buy WPCK (104.9) from Cumulus Media’s Mainstay Station Trust. EMF already owns rimshotter contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate WPFF (90.5) in the region. WPCK has been in the Elliot Evers-run trust since Nov. 2017 as part of its bankruptcy reorganization and had previously been country “Nash 104.9.” Cumulus Media will still own three stations in the Green Bay market including classic rock “106.7 The Big Dog” WKRU, hot AC “Star 98” WQLH, and sports “The Fan” WDUZ (1400).
Long Island, NY – Connoisseur Media closes a deal to sell WALK, Patchogue, NY (1370) to religious broadcaster Cantico Nuevo Ministry The deal is structured as Connoisseur donating the license for WALK with Cantico Nuevo Ministry agreeing to pay $500,000 for the property where the WALK antenna and former studio building sit. The transfer also includes the construction permit for the Patchogue, NY-licensed translator W236DH at 95.1 FM. WALK currently relays oldies sister WHLI (1100) which Connoisseur still owns. It also owns AC WALK-FM (97.5), classic hits “103.1 Max FM” WBZO, AC “K-Joy 98.3” WKJY, and rock “94.3 The Shark” WWSK. Radio Cantico Nuevo already owns Spanish Christian WNYG (1580), WTHE (1520) and WLIM (1440) in the Long Island market.
Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, NC – Blue Ridge Broadcasting closes a $335,000 deal to buy WSMX (1500) from Truth Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Winston-Salem, NC-licensed translator W235CY at 94.9 FM. Truth Broadcasting will still own gospel “The Light 1340 & 1400” WPOL/WKEW and religious WTRU (830) in the Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point market.
Nebraska – Mike Flood and Andy Ruback’s Flood Communications closes a $300,000 deal to buy AC “98.7 Sky FM” KSID-FM and country/farm “1340 The Fort” KSID in Sidney, NE from Suzy Ernest’s Dead-Short Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Sidney, NE-licensed translator K239BE at 95.7 FM; the Gurley, NE-licensed translator K224FP at 92.7 FM; and the Sterling, CO-licensed translator K245DG at 96.9 FM. Flood Communications also announced it is launching its Western Nebraska News Bureau in Sidney. With the acquisition, Flood Communications will operate ten radio stations and seven television stations in Nebraska. Broker: Jason James, Patrick Communications
Burlington-Plattsburgh, VT-NY – Hometown Communications closes a $287,500 deal to buy classic hits WIRY (1340) from William Santa.
Cincinnati – Somerset Educational Broadcasting Foundation closes a $275,000 deal to buy classic rock “Class X Radio” WKCX (89.1) from Spryex Communications. Somerset Educational already owns seven stations in Kentucky. Spryex still owns two stations in the Cincinnati market.
Tennessee – Hopkins Farms Broadcasting closes a $265,000 deal to buy country “1580 The Leader” WLIJ and talk “Zinger 1400” WZNG in Shelbyville, TN from Jax Broadcasting. The deal includes the Shelbyville, TN-licensed translator W254DW at 98.7 FM that simulcasts WLIJ, and the Shelbyville, TN-licensed translator W265EE at 100.9 FM that simulcasts WZNG. The sale follows the Aug. 2018 death of Rusty Reed, who had owned Jax Broadcasting.
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
Ohio – Tom Susman closes a $250,000 deal to buy country “93.1 The Wolf” WNTO, Racine, OH and gospel “Joy 990” WJEH, Gallipolis, OH from Tina Diddle’s Sunny Broadcasting. Brokers: Jason James and Susan Patrick, Patrick Communications
North Carolina – Jeffrey Andrulonis’ Colonial Radio Group closes a $230,000 deal to buy country “106.3 The Dude” WUDE, Bolivia, NC from Tom Davis’ Local Voice Media. Among the stations Local Voice Media will still own in the region is WUDE’s simulcast “93.7 The Dude” WNTB in the Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC market. Broker: DEFcom Advisors
New Hampshire – Saga Communications closes a $200,000 deal to buy the Manchester, NH-licensed translator W295BL at 106.9 FM from Jeff Shapiro. Saga will use the signal to simulcast the classic country “The Outlaw” format off the HD-3 channel of AC WZID (95.7). The format is already simulcasting on the Concord, NH-licensed W267BJ at 103.1 FM. Broker: Michael Bergner
Bend, OR – David Harms and Brent Hample’s H&H Broadcasting closes a $170,000 deal to buy religious “Worship 24/7” KURT (93.7) from Rubin Broadcasting. H&H Broadcasting doesn’t own any other stations. Broker: MCH Enterprises
Virginia – Baker Family Stations closes a $165,000 deal to buy classic hits “Bright Radio 105.7” WMXH-FM, Harrisonburg, VA and classic country “Rascal 1330” WRAA, Luray, VA from Hayden Hamilton Media Strategies. Baker Family Stations will switch the combo to noncommercial status and air the contemporary Christian “Spirit FM” network on the pair. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage
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.
Texas – Brazos TV closes a $122,500 deal to buy religious KETE, Sulphur Bluff, TX (99.7) from Richard Witkovski’s North Texas Radio. Brazos TV already owns religious KJDE, Carbon, TX (100.1) in the area as well as a new FM licensed to Annona, TX. It will operate KETE under a time brokerage agreement until closing. In a related move, Brazos TV will sell a new Class A station at 100.5 FM licensed to Annona, TX it owns to North Texas Radio. The value of the construction permit is pegged at $8,000. Broker: Dave Garland Media Brokerage
Olean, NY – Colonial Radio Group continues to downsize its cluster in market No. 224. It has closed a $90,000 deal to sell classic rock “106.3 The Mountain WXMT to Twilight Broadcasting. The deal will give Twilight a second station in the market where it has a pending $50,000 deal to buy talk WBYN (1160) from Connoisseur Media. Colonial Radio Group earlier sold WCGH (103.9) to Family Life Ministries. The latest sale leaves Colonial Radio Group with country “Eagle 96.7” WAGL in the market.
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY – Area Independent Radio closes a $75,000 deal to buy the classic rock WPTR (1240) from Empire Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Ballston Spa, NY-licensed translator W246DS at 97.1 FM. Empire Broadcasting has also just closed a $20,000 deal to sell its other station in the market: WABY (900) to Saratoga Radio (see below).
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY – Saratoga Radio closes a $20,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WABY (900) and the Clifton Park, NY-licensed translator W231DU at 94.1 FM from Joe Reilly’s Empire Broadcasting. Saratoga Radio earlier struck a $100,000 deal to buy classic hits “Star Radio” WSSV (1160) from Empire Broadcasting.