SALES – STATIONS
Lexington-Fayette, KY – Charles Cohn’s Clarity Communications files a $340,000 deal to buy classic hits “Rewind 105.5” WWRW from iHeartMedia. The station has been operated by the Aloha Station Trust since the 2008 buyout of iHeart by Bain Capital and THL Partners. Clarity Communications already owns classic country “Hank 96.1” WLXO in the Lexington-Fayette market which it leases to L.M. Communications, the owner of four other stations in market No. 103. Once the sale closes, iHeartMedia will still own country “98.1 The Bull” WBUL-FM, rock WKQQ (100.1), CHR “104.5 The Cat” WLKT, hot AC “Mix 94.5” WMXL, “News Radio 630” WLAP, and rock WWTF (1580). And the Aloha Station Trust will still have five stations in the Albuquerque, NM; Dayton, OH; and Huntington-Ashland, WV markets. There are three other stations in iHeart trusts: the Sun and Snow Trust with an FM in Grand Forks, ND-MN and the Ocean Station Trust with stations in the Boston and Seattle markets.
Canton, OH – Educational Media Foundation files a $100,000 deal to buy religious “Faith Ministry Radio” WJDD (90.9) from Hazen Ministries. EMF doesn’t currently own any stations in the Canton market although it owns a translator in the adjacent Akron, OH market: the Wadsworth, OH-licensed W214CD at 90.7 FM. WJDD will not only cover Canton but also parts of the Akron market. Once the sale closes, Hazen Ministries will still own religious WJEE, Bolivar, OH (90.1).
San Jose – Phuong Pham’s Pham Radio Communications files a $100,000 deal to buy KLIV (1590) from Empire Broadcasting. KLIV has been primarily off the air since January 2019 when the land where its tower site was located was sold. Empire Broadcasting earlier unsuccessfully tried to donate the station to San Jose State University. Pham Radio Communications already owns the KVVN (1430) in the San Jose market and the Chinese-language KVTO (1400) in the adjacent San Francisco market. Once the sale closes, Empire Broadcasting will still own country KRTY (95.3) in the San Jose market.
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY – Bill Yuhnke’s Kenmore Broadcasting files a $60,000 deal to buy oldies WJJL (1440) from M.J. Phillips Communications. Kenmore Broadcasting will operate the station under a time brokerage agreement until closing. Yuhnke is already general manager of WJJL. He doesn’t own any other stations.
North Carolina – Richard Hall’s Mayo Broadcasting files to donate the talk/religious simulcast WMYN, Mayodan, NC (1420) and WLOE, Eden, NC (1490) to the Beulah Baptist Church. The transfer also includes two translators: the Mayodan, NC-licensed W248DG at 97.5 FM and the Eden, NC-licensed W223DJ at 92.5 FM. Beulah Baptist Church will operate the stations under a time brokerage agreement until closing.
North Carolina – Curtis Media Group files an $185,000 deal to buy the Cary, NC-licensed translator W253CY at 98.5 FM from Conner Media. Since November 2018 Curtis Media Group has had an agreement to simulcast “News Radio 680” WPTF Raleigh-Durham, NC on the translator.
No full-power station sales closed this week.