SALES – STATIONS
Fresno, CA – Bendita Eucaristia Radio files a $725,000 deal to buy “Talk Radio 1550” KXEX and Spanish religious “Bendita Eucaristia Radio” KGED (1680) from Compass Broadcasting.
Missouri – Eagle Radio files a $160,000 deal to buy classic hits KGNM, St. Joseph, MO (1270) from Good News Ministries. The deal also includes the St. Joseph, MO-licensed translator K273BF at 102.5 FM which simulcasts KGNM. Eagle Radio already owns four stations in the area just north of the Kansas City market including “Q-Country 92.7” KSJQ, hot AC “K-Joe 105.5” KKJO-FM, classic rock “Joetown” KESJ (1550), and talk/farm KFEQ (680). It will operate KGNM under a local marketing agreement until closing. Good News Ministries also has a pending $150,000 deal to sell contemporary Christian “Joy 91.1” KSJI, St. Joseph, MO to Lake Area Educational Broadcasting Foundation.
Florida Keys – Michael Stapleford’s Magnum Broadcasting files a $100,000 deal to buy WKEZ-FM, Tavernier, FL (96.9) in a court-run sale of the FM owned by Lincoln-Garrard Broadcasting. It is a new market for Magnum Broadcasting which currently owns five stations in Pennsylvania. WKEZ-FM is currently off the air. Kentucky-based Lincoln-Garrard ran into trouble however after Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys in 2018 and its Choice Radio Keys division filed for bankruptcy protection. There’s a pending $35,000 deal to sell two other stations it owns in the Florida Keys – WGMX (94.3) and WFFG (1300) in Marathon, FL – to The Great Marathon Radio Company.
Ft. Myers-Naples, FL – Kol Halev 200 Corp. files a $45,000 deal to buy WBGY (88.1) from Everglades City Broadcasting Company. The buyer plans to launch a former that targets Jewish Americans with a mix of news, cultural, music and religious programming.
Ohio – Mark Boyer’s Soaring Eagle Promotions files a $43,500 deal to buy adult alternative WHEI, Tiffin, OH (88.9) from Heidelberg University. Soaring Eagle Promotions already owns contemporary Christian “Shine FM” outlets WSOH, Zanesfield, OH (88.9) and WKEN, Kenton, OH (88.5). Heidelberg University has moved WHEI’s programming to an online-only station.
Pennsylvania – Family Life Ministries files a $10,000 deal to buy Christian rock “Dove FM” WGIP, Tidioute, PA (89.1) from Calvary Chapel of Russell. The FCC has approved WGIP upgrading from a 100-watt Class A station to a 50,000-watt Class B FM covering an area north of the Pittsburgh market. Family Life Ministries already owns contemporary Christian WCOH-FM, Du Boise, PA (107.3) and WCOP, Farmington Township, PA (106.1) in the region.
Portland, OR – Linfield College files to donate adult alternative KSLC (90.3) to All Classical Public Media, the owner of cross-town classical KQAC (89.9). While no cash will change handers, All Classical will provide Linfield College with promotional announcements during the next five years including three times per day promos that will air five days a week. The overall value of the airtime will not exceed $10,000 per year according to the contract. All Classical Public Media also owns three other stations in Oregon.
Denver-Boulder – Radio 74 Internationale closes a $600,000 deal to buy a second station in market No. 18. The religious broadcaster will buy classic hits “The Rock” KCKK (1510) from Hunt Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Boulder, CO-licensed translator K225CZ at 92.9 FM. The contract includes a $400,000 promissory note. Radio 74 Internationale already owns religious KPLS (97.7) in the Denver-Boulder market. Broker: Griffin Media Brokers
Wisconsin – Keith Bratel and Donald Grassman’s Tower Road Media closes 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.
Michigan – Hit Radio Media closes a $44,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WMOM, Pentwater, MI (102.7) from Bay View Broadcasting. WMOM has been off the air since April 20219 when owner Patrick Lopeman was involved in an automobile accident and was no longer to travel to the station from his home in Milwaukee.
Oklahoma – Belma Raquel Diaz’s Sair Communications closes a $40,000 deal to buy Spanish religious KOCD, Okeene, OK (101.5) from Libertad En Cristo Ministries. KOCD is a Class C2 FM covering an area to the northwest of Oklahoma City. Libertad En Cristo Ministries still owns Spanish-language religious KLEC, Liberal, KS (90.5).