SALES – STATIONS
Grand Rapids, MI – Bible Broadcasting Network files a $2.75 million deal to buy contemporary Christian WFUR-FM (102.9) from Kuiper Stations. WFUR-FM becomes Bible Broadcasting Network’s first station in Michigan. Once the sale closes, Kuiper Stations will still own WFUR (1570) in Grand Rapids and religious WKPR (1440) in Kalamazoo, MI. Broker: Joseph Tito, American Communications Partners
Tennessee – Sam Kennedy files a $1.05 million deal to buy “Classic Hits 101.7” WKOM and AC/talk “The Star Station” WKRM (1340) in Columbia, TN from Robert and Ginger McKay’s Middle Tennessee Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Columbia, TN-licensed translator W279DL at 103.7 FM. Kennedy will operate the stations under a local marketing agreement until closing.
Wisconsin – Keith Bratel and Donald Grassman’s Tower Road Media files a $400,000 deal to buy AC WDUX-FM (92.7) and “Classic Country AM 800” WDUX” in Waupaca, WI from Laird Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Waupaca, WI-licensed translator W264DZ at 100.7 FM. Bratel doesn’t own any other broadcast assets. Grassman owns Results Broadcasting, which owns nine other Wisconsin stations. Laird, 67, announced his retirement from the broadcasting business. Bill Laird’s mother, Dorothy Laird, started WDUX-AM in 1956 and owned the station as Laird Broadcasting, while his father, Ben Laird owned and operated Green Bay Broadcasting, which included stations in Green Bay, Upper Michigan and South Dakota. WDUX-FM was added to Laird Broadcasting in January 1967.
Anchorage, AK – Joshua Fryfogle files a $300,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KNLT, Palmer, AK (95.5) from Tanana Valley Radio. The deal will be entirely seller-financed. Fryfogle doesn’t own any other radio stations but he is the publisher and owner of The People’s Paper and Make-A-Scene Magazine in the area.
Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac, MI – MacDonald Garber Broadcasting files a $215,000 deal to buy WSRT (106.7) from Northern Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Petoskey, MI-licensed translator W252DA at 98.3 FM. MacDonald Garber Broadcasting already owns country “96.7 The Bull” WLXV, AC “Lite 96” WLXT, CHR WKHQ-FM (105.9), “News Talk 1240” WATT, adult hits “Bob FM 104.5” WZTC, talk WMKT (1270), and sports “The Ticket” WKAD/WMBN (93.71340) in the Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac, MI market. In order to remain with FCC ownership limits, Patricia MacDonald Garber has a pending deal to hand-off WKAD to her son, Peter MacDonald Garber, in a cash-free deal. He currently doesn’t own any other stations. “The MacDonald family has a long history of independent parent and children broadcast business,” it told the FCC. The sale is one of a series of deals announced by Northern Broadcasting to sell its assets in market No. 158. The latest deal brings the total value of the sales to $1,587,000. Brokers: Jason James and Greg Guy, Patrick Communications
Pueblo, CO – Educational Media Foundation files a $150,000 deal to buy KFVR (104.9) from United States CP. EMF already owns contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate KLCX (106.9) in the market.
Arkansas – Charles and Devon Brentlinger’s Big Arkadelphia files a $20,000 deal to buy five stations in Southwest Arkansas from Monte Spearman’s High Plains Radio Network. The stations including KDEL-FM (100.9) and KVRC (1240) in Arkadelphia, AR; KWPS-FM, Caddo Valley, AR (99.7); KYXK, Gurdon, AR (106.9); and KZYP, Malvern, AR (1310). Big Arkadelphia has been operating the stations under a local marketing agreement since October 2018 and under that five-year deal the purchase price after one year of operation had been set at $500,000. High Plains Radio Network bought the stations in 2017 for $550,000.
Arkansas – Charles and Devon Brentlinger’s Broadcast Industry Group files a $5,000 deal to buy “Mountain Country 94.3” KCMC-FM, Viola, AR from High Plains Radio Network. Broadcast Industry Group doesn’t own any other stations but it operates several Arkansas signals under a local marketing agreement with High Plains Radio Network.
Eugene-Springfield, OR – KXCR Community Radio Partners files a one dollar deal to buy variety KXCR (90.7) from West Lane Translator. KXCR is an all-volunteer not-for-profit station.
Tennessee – Lighwave files to donate WLWW, Cornersville, TN (89.9) to Road Map Ministries. The religious broadcaster already owns contemporary Christian “88.3 The Roadmap” WUNT in the LaSalle-Peru, IL market.
New York – John Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Media closes a $12.5 million deal to buy talk WABC (770) from Cumulus Media. Under a transition agreement, Cumulus will continue to provide several services to WABC for a four-month period including handling such functions as payroll, billing, and website hosting for a monthly fee of $25,000. The sale leaves Cumulus with just one station in the New York market and it says it is planning to sell urban AC “Radio 103.9” WNBM. It earlier sold hot AC WPLJ (95.5) to Educational Media Foundation.
Puerto Rico – Iglesia Episcopal Puertorriquea closes a $1.1 million deal to buy Spanish oldies “Radio Leo 1170” WLEO, Ponce, PR from Uno Radio Group. Iglesia Episcopal Puertorriquea doesn’t own any other stations. Uno Radio Group still owns 15 stations in Puerto Rico. Broker: Vincente Belgodere
Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac, MI – Ross Biederman and Chris Warren’s Midwestern Broadcasting files a $450,000 deal to buy rock WKLT (97.5) from William Langer Gokey’s Northern Broadcasting. Midwestern Broadcasting also 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).
Nashville – Eben-Ezer Broadcasting closes a $275,000 deal to buy “News Talk 1590” WDBL and country/oldies WSGI (1100) from Lightning Broadcasting. Eben-Ezer Broadcasting doesn’t own any other stations.
Texas – Michael Brandt’s Southern Broadcasting closes a $210,000 deal to buy “Cat Country 1110” WSLV, Ardmore, TX from Russell Leonard. The deal also includes the Ardmore, TX-licensed translator W286DF at 105.1 FM that gives the 2,500-watt daytime-only station a 24-hour signal.
Florida – George and Esperanza Arroyo’s Florida Broadcasters files a $75,000 deal to buy WLBE, Leesburg-Eustis, FL (790) from Wendy Wolf. Florida Broadcasters also owns tropical “Viva” WONQ (1030) and Spanish urban “Urbana” WURB (1140) in the nearby Orlando area.
Maryland – Bayshore Communications closes a deal to donate gospel WKDI, Denton, MD (840) to Positive Alternative Radio. The value of the donation has been set at $58,157.