SALES – STATIONS
Missouri – Louis Eckelkamp’s East Central Broadcasting files a deal to buy country KVMO, Vandalia, MO (104.3); classic rock “101.7 K-Wulf” KWUL, Elsberry, MO; and KLUQ, Hermann, MO (93.3); from Alma Corp. The terms of the deal include a $2,500 payment as well as forgiveness of a portion of the debt that is owned to Eckelkamp by Alma. The court documents say the total amount will not exceed $3 million. The stations have been overseen by a court-appointed receiver since 2016.
Duluth-Superior, MN – Townsquare Media adds to its cluster in market No. 210 as it files a $370,000 deal to buy classic rock “Sasquatch 92.1” WWAX from Twin Ports Radio. Townsquare already owns hot AC “Mix 108” KBMX, country “B-105” KKCB, classic hits “Kool 101.7” KLDJ, and sports “The Fan” WEBC (560) in the market which also airs on the Duluth-licensed translator W293CT at 106.5 FM. Townsquare Media will operate WWAX under a time brokerage agreement until closing. Once the sale closes, Twin Ports Radio will still own sports “The Jock” KJOQ (1590).
Stockton, CA – Entravision Communications sells one of its two stations in market No. 80. Entravision has struck a $250,000 deal to sell Spanish sports “TUDN” KCVR (1570) to Punjabi American Media, a partnership of Balwinder Kaur Khalsa and Dilpreet Singh Khalsa. It already owns stations in the Sacramento, Fresno and Bakersfield, CA markets. KCVR will be its first in the Stockton market. The deal will leave Entravision with regional Mexican “La Tri-Color 100.9” KMIX in the Stockton market.
Tyler-Longview, TX – The University of Texas at Tyler files a $120,000 deal to buy KVUT (99.7) from Richard Witkovski’s North Texas Radio. The University of Texas already owns stations in the Austin and Bryan-College Station, TX markets, but KVUT will become its first in the Tyler-Longview market. Once the sale closes, North Texas Radio will still own the silent KEBE-FM (95.1) in the Tyler-Longview market.
Oregon – Randolph and Debra McKone’s Elkhorn Media Group files a $60,000 deal to buy variety “92.7 K-Hits” KSQB and country “AM 1230 The Coyote” KYQT in Burns, OR from Alexandra Communications. The deal also includes the Burns, OR-licensed translator K256DC at 99.1 FM which simulcasts KYQT. Elkhorn Media Group currently owns 13 other stations in Oregon but none overlaps with its KSQB or KYQT. Broker: MCH Enterprises
Virginia – Emory Bearden’s White Pine Enterprises files a $501 deal to buy WPAK, Farmville, VA (1490) from Robert Phillips. The deal includes the Farmville, VA-licensed translator W260DJ at 99.9 FM. White Pine Enterprises currently holds the license for religious low-power station WEBI-LP, Woodlawn, VA (100.5). It will hand off the LPFM to a new licensee when it closes on the full-power station to comply with FCC rules.
Florida – Carl Auel files to donate Christian Rock “Call FM” WPSF, Clewiston, FL (91.5) to Call Communications Group. Call Communications Group already owns four other full-power FMs in Florida, and several FM translators.
New Mexico – MTD files to donate talk KRUI, Ruidoso Downs, NM (1490) to the village of Ruidoso, NM. The station carries a traditional lineup of talk shows in addition to tourism-related programming. The village plans to keep KRUI a commercial station, but it is expected to add more coverage of local events. The Ruidoso News says it will have an annual operating budget of about $40,000 with roughly $20,000 needed for the initial setup, including moving the studios to the village offices. The village is also reportedly working with Eastern New Mexico University on programming. Once the donation is finalized, MTD will still own four FMs in New Mexico.
Louisiana – Providence Educational Foundation files to donate contemporary Christian “Life Songs 90.7” KPEF, White Castle, LA to Port Allen Educational Broadcasting Foundation. The donation does not include the call sign KPEF. Port Allen Educational Broadcasting Foundation already owns religious “Sound Radio” KPAE, Erwinville, LA (91.5) and WPAE, Centerville, MS (89.7).
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Phoenix – Relevant Radio files an $80,000 deal to buy the Phoenix, AZ-licensed translator K275CP at 102.9 FM from Vic Michael’s Mountain Community Translators. The signal currently simulcasts Relevant Radio’s KIHP (1310) in the Phoenix market.
Pennsylvania – Vic Michael’s Mountain Community Translators files a $65,000 deal to buy the Muncy, PA-licensed translator W290CV at 105.9 FM from Family Stations. The filing says it will simulcast Michael’s WMLP (1380) in the Sunbury-Selinsgrove-Lewisburg, PA market.
Wyoming – Educational Media Foundation files a $15,000 deal to buy the Granite, WY-licensed translator K206EO at 89.1 FM from Vic Michaels. EMF plans to relay its contemporary Christian “Air1” network on the signal. It already owns contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate KLWV (90.9) in the Cheyenne, WY area.
San Diego – iHeartMedia has closed a $1.2 million deal to buy news-talk KFMB (760) from Local Media San Diego. New call letters are expected for the newly-acquired AM station shortly. 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 had recently acquired KFMB and adult hits “100.7 Big FM” KFBG in a $5 million deal with Tegna. It retained KFBG and it also programs alternative rock “91X” XETRA-FM. Broker: Kalil
Utah – Educational Media Foundation has closed 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
Richmond, VA – John Frederick’s MAGA Radio Network has closed a $240,000 deal to buy talk WNTW (820) from Nancy Epperson’s Delmarva Educational Association. The deal also includes the Chester, VA-licensed translator W224EB at 92.7 FM. MAGA Radio Network already owns “News Talk 100.5” WJFN in the market.
Alaska – The Athabascan Fiddlers Association has closed an $1,180 deal to buy variety-news/talk KNNA-FM, Nenana, AK (99.1) and the construction permit KRLL-FM, Circle, AK from Big River Public Broadcasting. The Athabascan Fiddlers Association currently owns KRFF, Fairbanks, AK (89.1) and KTKF, Tok, AK (89.5). Big River Public Broadcasting still owns 14 FMs and three translators in Alaska.