Baltimore – Your Public Radio Corp. news-talk/jazz WYPR (88.1) has filed a deal to buy adult alternative WTMD (88.7) from Towson University for $3 million. WYPR expects to maintain WTMD’s current format. WTMD has been operated by Towson University Public Media, a nonprofit organization, in affiliation with Towson University since 2014. In addition to WYPR’s Baltimore-licensed 88.1 FM signal, WYPR is simulcast on WYPF, Frederick, MD (88.1) and WYPO, Ocean City, MD (106.9). Brokers: Patrick Communications (for seller) and Public Media Company (for buyer)
New York & South Carolina – Jim Levin and Bruce Mittman have struck a $2,849,369 deal to buy out the 82.5% stake held in Community Broadcasters by the private equity firm Northwood Venture. Once the deal is completed, Levin’s stake will rise from its current 13.9% to 58% and Mittman’s stake will rise from its current 3.6% to 42%. The deal includes a consulting agreement between Northwood Ventures and JVC Media valued at $190,000. Community Broadcasters owns eight stations in the Watertown, NY market (No. 249) and 16 stations in South Carolina, including in the Florence, SC (No. 207) market as well as the Orangeburg, SC area and Kingstree/Sumter, SC area.
Oklahoma – Fred Morton has filed a $100,000 deal to buy the 33% stake held in hot AC “Magic 95.3” KMGZ, Lawton, OK from business partner Dennis Yelton. The stock sale will give Morton a controlling 66% stake in the station with the remaining third owned by Linda Meyer. The deal also includes the Lawton, OK-licensed translator K247BA at 97.3 FM. Morton has also agreed to pay Yelton an additional $80,000 under a five-year noncompete agreement. Morton separately own 33% stakes in Fall Media Group with his wife, Evelyn Morton. It owns classic country “Big Country 97.5” KXXN and adult hits “100.9 Bob FM” KWFB in the Wichita Falls, TX market.
Pennsylvania – Lightner Communications has filed a $77,500 deal to buy classic hits WPHB, Philipsburg, PA (1260) from Twilight Broadcasting. The deal also includes a construction permit for the Philipsburg, PA-licensed translator W281CB at 104.1 FM. Twilight Broadcasting bought the station last year for $95,000. Matt Lightner already owns classic rock “Q-94” WBXQ and classic hits WTRN (1340) in the area.
Mississippi – Matt Wesolowski’s SSR Communications has filed a $36,500 deal buy the Raymond, MS-licensed translator W219CV at 91.7 FM from CSN International. SSR Communications owns talk WYAB, Pocahontas, MS (103.9).
Mississippi – Edwards Media has filed a $15,000 deal to buy the Gulfport, MS-licensed translator W270CS at 101.9 FM from Powell Meredith Communications. The filing says it will relay New Orleans market jazz WWOZ (90.7).
Washington – Sunnylands Broadcasting has filed to donate the Centralia, WA-licensed translator K292HN at 106.3 FM to Iglesia Pentecostal Vispera Del Fin. The filing says it will continue to relay programming from Spanish Christian KLSY, Belfair, WA (93.7). It also says both parties agree the value of the donated translator is at least $30,000, but it fails to specify an exact amount.
Olean, NY & Elmira-Corning, NY – Kristin Cantrell’s Seven Mountains Media has closed an $1. 8 million deal to buy eleven full-power stations and five FM translators from Sound Communications. In the Olean, NY market it buys country “The Ride 101.9” WZKZ and its simulcast WOEN (1360), AC “Mix 101.5” WMXO, classic rock “98 Rocks” WQRS, and talk “1590 The Patriot” WGGO. In the Elmira-Corning, NY market it buys “Kickin Country 105.3” WKPQ, AC “Magic 92.7-97.7” WENI-FM/WENY-FM, classic hits “Gem 98.7” WGMM, and the news-talk simulcast WENY/WENI (1230/1450). The translators include the Elmira, NY-licensed W295BY at 106.9 FM; the Wellsville, NY-licensed W277DG at 103.3 FM; the Corning, NY-licensed W294BU at 106.7 FM; the Olean, NY-licensed W242CT at 96.3 FM; and the Olean, NY-licensed W263CZ at 100.5 FM. Because Seven Mountains Media already operates in the Olean, NY (market No. 223) and Elmira-Corning, NY (market No. 225) markets, it has struck a related deal to spin-off some stations to comply with FCC ownership limits—
New York & Pennsylvania – In a related transaction, Seven Mountains Media has also closed on a deal to swap seven full-power stations and an FM translator to Rick Snavely’s Family Life Ministries including country “The Ride 101.9” WZKZ and talk “1590 The Patriot” WGGO in the Olean, NY market and AC “Magic 97.7” WENY-FM, classic rock “101 The Met” WMTT-FM & AM (100.9/820), classic hits “Cool 104.9” WPHD, and the currently silent WUDE (96.7) and the Elmira, NY-licensed translator W263CZ at 100.5 FM in the Elmira-Corning, NY market.
In exchange, Family Life Ministries will swap contemporary Christian WCIG (107.7) in the Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA market to Seven Mountains Media. Family Life will also hand over five translators in the Olean and Elmira-Corning markets including the Olean, NY-licensed W266BN at 101.1 FM; the Alfred, NY-licensed 280EB at 103.9 FM; the Corning, NY-licensed @81BA at 104.1 FM; the Elmira, NY-licensed W275DD at 102.9 FM; and the Watkins Glen, NY-licensed W273BI at 102.5 FM. No cash will change hands between the two companies. The deal leaves Family Life Ministries with WCIN (91.3) in the Wilkes Barre-Scranton market. Broker: Michael Bergner
Albuquerque, NM – Bible Broadcasting Network has closed a $1.4 million deal to buy contemporary Christian KNKT (107.1) from Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque. KNKT becomes the first station for Bible Broadcasting Network in New Mexico. Broker: Robert H. Branch
San Francisco – Salem Media Group has closed a $600,000 deal to buy gospel “The Light 1190” KDYA and religious KDIA (1640) from Baybridge Communications. Salem already owns religious KFAX (110) and news-talk “860 AM The Answer” KTRB in the San Francisco market and business news KDOW (1220) in the embedded San Jose market. Broker: Jorgeson Broadcast Brokerage
New Mexico & Colorado – Educational Media Foundation has closed a $225,000 deal to buy contemporary Christian KNMI, Farmington, NM (88.9) from Navajo Ministries. The deal also includes three Colorado translators including the Durango, CO-licensed K213AD at 90.5 FM; the Pagosa Springs, CO-licensed at 90.9 FM; and the Cortez, CO-licensed K265DC at 100.9 FM. EMF already owns contemporary Christin “K-Love” affiliate KLCQ, Durango, CO (88.5) in the region. Broker: Jim Burt
New Mexico – Chandler Broadcasting has closed a $50,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KCCC, Carlsbad, NM (930) from Nick Jenkins’ Compass Enterprises.
Salt Lake City – Smith Entertainment Group, the holding company that controls the Utah Jazz NBA franchise, has closed a $100 deal to buy sports “The Zone” KZNS-FM & AM (97.5, 1280) from Larry H. Miller Communications. The deal follows the Miller family’s October deal to sell a majority interest in the Utah Jazz to tech entrepreneur Ryan Smith, co-founder of Provo, UT-based Qualtrics, and his wife Ashley. Company founder from Larry H. Miller died in 2009. The Miller family retains a minority stake in the Jazz. The team’s play-by-play is currently heard on KZNS-FM & AM. It also airs the Salt Lake Bees games.
New Mexico – New Mexico Highlands University has closed on its donation of the currently silent KEDP, Las Vegas, NM (91.1) from the Albuquerque Board of Education. The Albuquerque Board of Education currently owns five full-power radio stations including flagship KANW (89.1) in Albuquerque where it also is 50% owner of KNME-TV with the University of New Mexico.