SALES – STATIONS
Portland, OR – John Scagg’s Way Media Group files a $3.5 million deal to buy rhythmic CHR “We 96.3” KWEE from Keith Shipman and David Rauh’s 3 Horizons. KWEE will adopt a religious format after the sale is finalized. The move allows Way Media to upgrade its coverage of the market. It has already carried its Christian contemporary “Way FM” format on the Portland-licensed translator K283BL at 104.5 FM. The company says it will improve coverage from 800,000 potential listeners to 2 million. KWEE has been operated under a local marketing agreement by Alpha Media since August 2016. After the sale closes it will still own six stations in the market. Broker: Kalil
Biloxi-Gulfport-Pascagoula, MS – Educational Media Foundation files a $362,000 deal to buy WLGF (107.1) from Port Broadcasting. WLGF has been airing EMF’s contemporary Christian “K-Love” format since March. The deal fills in EMF’s Gulf Coast coverage map as it already owns stations in the adjacent New Orleans, LA and Mobile, AL markets.
Louisiana – Cloessner News & Broadcasting files a $275,000 deal to buy classic country “Real Country 92.7” KNJA-FM, Jena, LA from Tom Gay’s Riverside Radio Group. Kim Cloessner doesn’t own any other station. After the deal closes, Riverside Radio Group will still own classic hits “107.1 The River” KFNV, Ferriday, LA and classic country “104.7 The Gator” KWTG-FM, Vidalia, LA. Broker: Bill Whitley, Media Services Group
Tuscaloosa, AL – Townsquare Media spins-off one of its stations in market No. 209 with a $110,000 sale of sports “Tide 102.9” WTID to Educational Media Foundation. EMF already covers parts of the Tuscaloosa market with its contemporary Christian “K-Love” format on rimshotter KLXQ, Greensboro, AL (99.1). That would leave Townsquare Media with five stations in Tuscaloosa. But the company has struck a deal to return its cluster back to a half dozen stations. It will buy urban “105.1 Jamz” WALJ from Apex Broadcasting. The paperwork for the WALJ deal has not yet been filed with the FCC. It will join a cluster that also includes country “95.3 The Bear” WFFN, urban AC WTUG-FM (92.9), alternative “Alt 101.1” WQRR, classic country WTBC (1230), and gospel WTSK (790).
Augusta-Waterville, ME – Lee L’Heureux and Pat Cerullo’s MaineInvests files a $106,300 deal to buy “Country Memories 1280” WJYE, Gardiner, ME from Bob Bittner Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Gardiner, ME-licensed translator W292FZ at 106.3 FM.
Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN – Kenneth Hill’s Information Communications files a $95,000 deal to buy gospel “Sonshine 79” WETB from Mountain Signals. The deal also includes the Johnson City, TN-licensed translator W229DH at 93.7 FM. Information Communications already owns three stations in the market including classic country “The Possum” WPWT (870) and the contemporary Christian simulcast of WHGG (1090) and WABN (1230).
Florida – Dockins Communications files a $45,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WMAF, Madison, FL (1230) from Geneva Walker. The sale also includes the Madison, FL-licensed translator W223DG at 92.5 FM. Fred Dockins already owns three stations in the area including country “Froggy 93.5” WFDZ, classic rock “92.1” The Breeze” WNFK and classic rock “The Zone” WPRY (1400).
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Idaho – Impact Radio Group files to donate the Mullan, ID-licensed translator K286BH at 105.1 FM to Hi-Line Radio Fellowship which will use it to relay religious KZNP, Mullan, ID (90.7). Impact bought the translator from Hi-Line for $25,000 in 2016 with plans to relocated the translator from Lookout Pass to Ontario, OR in order to simulcast Boise market “Oldies 1380” KSRV. But in the filing Impact says it no longer plans to use the translator and so it returns the signal to Hi-Line in a donation valued at $25,000.
Multistate Deal – Educational Media Foundation closes a $103.5 million all-cash deal to buy six stations from Cumulus Media, including several heritage brands all of which have since flipped to EMF’s contemporary Christian “K-Love” format. The deal included hot AC WPLJ, New York (95.5); adult alternative “K-Fog” KFFG-FM, San Jose (97.7); “Talk 106.7” WYAY, Atlanta; hot AC “Mix 107.3” WRQX, Washington, DC; classic rock “The Rebel 105.9” WXTL, Syracuse, NY; and hot AC “102.1 The Sound” WZAT, Savannah, GA. EMF operated in each of those markets, but the new signals will give it better coverage—especially in Syracuse and Savannah where it has relied on FMs on the market fringes.
Multistate Deal – In a move that will reduce the number of stations in iHeartMedia’s Aloha Station Trust, the company has closed to swap four FMs in three markets to Educational Media Foundation in exchange for six FM translators it is already leasing from EMF. No cash will change hands as part of the trade. The four station that iHeartMedia is handing over to EMF include classic rock “Eagle 102.3” WEKL, Augusta, GA; classic country “107.1 The Bear” WLRX, Huntington-Ashland, WV; and adult hits “106.1 Steve FM’ WSFF and its simulcast WSNZ (101.7) in Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA. For those four FMs, EMF will hand over six FM translators in mid-sized and large markets to iHeartMedia. They include the Shoreview, MN-licensed W277BF at 103.3 FM in the Minneapolis market; the Pittsburgh, PA-licensed W292DH at 106.3 FM; the Oklahoma City, OK-licensed K253BV at 98.5 FM; the Nashville, TN-licensed W248BQ at 97.5 FM; the Memphis, TN-licensed W221CR at 92.1 FM; and the Carmel Valley, CA-licensed K266BD at 101.1 FM in the Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz, CA market. The Aloha Stations Trust was created in July 2008 to oversee the required spin-offs related to the buyout of what was then Clear Channel by Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners.
Rapid City, SD – Carolyn and Doyle Becker’s Riverfront Broadcasting closes a $3.6 million deal to buy AC “Star 106.3” KZLK, “95.9 Eagle Country” KZZI; “Classic Hits Q-92.3” KQRQ, “X-Rock 101.1” KDDX, and “News Radio 1380” KOTA from Duhamel Broadcasting . The deal also includes three translators: the Rapid City, SD-licensed K264CP at 100.7 FM; and the Rapid City, SD-licensed K278AN 103.5 FM; the Rapid City, SD-licensed K242BK at 96.3 FM; and the Spearfish, SD-licensed K278AM at 103.5 FM. Brokers: Susan Patrick and Jason James, Patrick Communications
Kentucky & West Virginia – Lynn Parrish’s Mountaintop Media closes a $2.85 million deal to buy nine full-power stations plus five FM translators from East Kentucky Broadcasting. The stations include country WDHR (93.1) classic hits “”Hit City USA” WPKE (1240) and talk/sports WLSI (900) in Pikeville, KY; “Classic Rock 103.1 FM” WPKE-FM, Coal Run, KY; CHR “Z-107.5” WZLK, Virgie, KY; classic hits “Hit City USA” WEKB, Elkhorn City, KY; and talk/sports WPRT, Prestonburg, KY (960). Plus across the state line in West Virginia, Mountaintop Media buys “Coal Country” WXCC and talk/sports WBTH in Williamson, WV. The translators include the Elkhorn City, KY-licensed W282BZ at 104.3 FM; the Pikeville, KY-licensed W251AI at 98.1 FM; the Prestonsburg, KY-licensed W283AP at 104.5 FM; the Pikeville, KY-licensed W240CL at 95.9 FM; and the Williamson, WV-licensed W273BC at 102.5 FM.
Knoxville, TN – Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications closes a $2 million deal to buy adult hits “94.3 Jack FM” WNFZ from John Pirkle’s Oak Ridge FM. Midwest Communications already owns classic rock WIMZ-FM (103.5), AC “B-97.5” WJXB-FM, and classic country “95.7 Duke-FM” WDKW in the Knoxville market. Broker: Michael Bergner
Washington, DC – La Promesa Foundation closes a $1.5 million deal to buy religious WMET, Gaithersburg, MD (1160) from Huffines Media. The deal also includes the Falls Church, VA-licensed translator W276DT at 103.1 FM. WMET becomes the Foundation’s first station in the Washington market. The station already carries its religious Guadalupe Radio Network.
Anchorage –Robert and Tor Ingstad’s Last Frontier Mediactive closes a $1.25 million deal to buy alternative KZND-FM (94.7) and rhythmic AC “Movin 105.7” KMVN from Michael Robbins’ Alaska Integrated Media. Not included in the sale is the Anchorage-licensed translator K236CG at 95.1 FM which has simulcast talk KOAN (1080) as part of Alaska Integrated Media’s lease of the station from owner Falcon Broadcasting. Tor Ingstad already owns a four-station cluster in Fairbanks, AK. Broker: Griffin Media Brokers
Washington, DC – In the Washington’s Virginia suburbs Kwang Ok Sung and Suk Chan Lee’s KBC Broadcasting closes an $800,000 deal to buy ethnic Korean-language WDCT, Fairfax, VA (1310) from Hyan Ae Shin’s Family Radio. KBC Broadcasting doesn’t own any other stations.
Georgia – Shanks Broadcasting closes a pair of deals worth a combined $500,000 to buy five stations and five translators from John Timms’ Central Georgia Radio. The stations include the sports “ESPN Middle George” simulcast of WXKO, Fort Valley, GA (1150); WCEH-FM, Pinehurst, GA (98.3); WWKM, Rochelle, GA (93.1); WCEH, Hawkinsville, GA (610) plus country WDXQ, Cochran, GA (1440) from John Timms’ Central Georgia Radio. The deal also includes five translators: the Macon, GA-licensed W226BZ at 93.1 FM; the Fort Valley, GA-licensed W284DE at 104.7 FM; the Montezuma, GA-licensed W290BD at 105.9 FM; the Hawkinsville, GA-licensed W241CO at 96.1 FM; and the Cochran, GA-licensed W244CL at 96.7 FM. Bill Shanks is a veteran Atlanta sports journalist and broadcaster who currently hosts afternoon drive on “ESPN Middle Georgia.” Shanks has partnered with Howard Holleman and Gay McMichael in the venture. The filings said Shanks Broadcasting is “in the process of acquiring several properties in Georgia” but these are the first deals to show up at the FCC.
Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA – Mel Wheeler closes a $205,000 deal to buy religious WKPA (1390) from Tinker Creek Broadcasters. The deal also includes the Lynchburg, VA-licensed translator W298CN at 107.5 FM. Wheeler already owns CHR “K-92” WXLK, AC “Q-99” WSLQ, urban AC “Vibe 100.1” WVBE-FM, “Star Country 94.9” WSLC-FM, talk WLNI (105.9), news-talk WFIR (960), and sports WPLY (610) in the market. Tinker Creek Broadcasters still owns religious WKBA (1550) in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market.
Vermont – Eric and Tiffany Miller’s Radio Sound closes a $150,000 deal to buy business news WRSA (1420) from Northeast Broadcasting Company. The deal also includes the St. Albans, VT-licensed translator W262DH at 100.3 FM. Northeast Broadcasting Company still owns hot AC “Mix 102.3” WIXM/WFAD (102.3/1450), adult alternative “The Point” WIFY (93.7), and business news WCAT (1390) in the Burlington-Plattsburgh, VT-NY market.
Pennsylvania – Over/Under closes an $85,000 deal to buy AC “Sunny 1470” WLOA, Farrell, PA from Vilkie Communications. The deal includes the Youngstown, OH-licensed translator W272EI at 102.3 FM. Vilkie Communications still owns classic hits “Cool 101.7” WMVL, Linesville, PA and AC WGRP, Greenville, PA (940).
North Carolina – Ronald Benfield’s Conner Media closes a $50,000 deal to buy gospel WEGG, Rose Hill, NC (710) from Kenneth Santarelli’s Surge Media. The deal also includes two FM translators: the Rose Hill-licensed W263BE at 100.5 FM and the Rose Hill-licensed W263DF at 100.5 FM. Conner Media already owns a four-station cluster in the nearby Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC market including regional Mexican “La Invasora 104.7” WZUP, contemporary Christian “The Bridge FM” WLGT (98.3), gospel “104.5 The Vine” WSTK, and talk WJNC (1240) which it relays on WTKF (107.1) under a local marketing agreement with Atlantic Ridge Telecasters.
Atlanta – Ray Neal’s New Ground Broadcasting closes a $20,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WYZE (1480) from GHB Broadcasting. It will become Neal’s first radio station. WYZE has been off the air since November 2018 when construction work on a property adjacent to its transmitter site forced the electricity to be cut from the station.
North Dakota – Hi-Line Radio Fellowship closes a $20,000 deal to buy variety KJKR, Jamestown, ND (88.1) from Jamestown College. The station will change to a religious teaching format.