SALES – STATIONS
Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA – Billy and Nell King’s James River Media buys one of the eight stations owned by Mel Wheeler in market No. 120. It will pay $785,000 to acquire talk WLINI (105.9). Once the sale closes, Mel Wheeler will still own seven stations in the market including, country “Star Country 94.9” WSLC-FM, AC “Q-99.1” WSLQ, CHR “K-92” WXLK, urban AC “Vibe 100.1” WVBE-FM, talk WFIR (960), and sports WPLY/WPLI (610/1390).
Mississippi – Boyd and Carol Ingram file a $776,953 deal to buy country WBLE, Batesville. MS (100.5); “Country Legends 106.9” WHKL, Crenshaw, MS; and the silent WJBI, Batesville, MS (1290) from Batesville Broadcasting Company. The deal also includes a construction permit for the Batesville, MS-licensed translator W244ED at 96.7 FM which once constructed will simulcast WJBI. The husband-and-wife team will operate the stations under a time brokerage agreement until closing.
Albany, GA – Cumulus Media strikes a $450,000 deal to sell its cluster in market No. 236 to Rick Lambert and Charles Spencer’s First Media Services. The stations include country “Nash FM 104.5” WKAK, urban AC “V-101.7” WQVE, “Rock 103.5” WJAD, AC “Mix 107.7” WEGC and “News Talk 1590” WALG. The deal also includes the Albany, GA-licensed translator W257ED at 99.3 FM which simulcasts WALG. First Media Services also owns ten stations in West Virginia. Broker: Media Services Group
Charlotte, NC – David Bruce’s Blue Ridge Broadcasting files a $445,000 deal to buy religious WAVO (1150) from GHB Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Charlotte-licensed W282BP at 104.3 FM and the Rock Hill, SC-licensed W268DM at 101.5 FM. The filing shows the two FM translators are valued at multiples that of the AM full-power station. It attributes just $35,000 of the purchase price to WAVO with W282BP valued at $235,000 and W268DM valued at $175,000. Blue Ridge Broadcasting already owns stations in the Asheville, NC; Winston Salem, NC; and Knoxville, TN markets. It’s the latest sale by GHB Broadcasting which currently has a pending $210,000 deal to sell silent WCGC (1270) to Carolina Catholic Radio Network which means once the two sales are finalized it will still own regional Mexican “La Raza 106.1” WOLS and the silent WHVN (1240) in the Charlotte market. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA – Rocking M Media shareholder Christopher Miller is personally acquiring “Smart Talk 1490” KMET from the company his father, Monte Miller, controls. The filing says the purchase price is $51,000. The transfer also includes the Beaumont, CA-licensed translator K251CC at 98.1 FM. Christopher Miller owns a minority 33% stake in Rocking M Media which doesn’t own any other stations in the Riverside-San Bernardino market but owns 27 stations in Kansas. But Christopher Miller also has a pending $1,755,917.55 deal to buy four stations in the Salina-Manhattan, KS market from Rocking M Media. Broker: Gammon Miller
Florida Keys – Joseph Nascone’s The Great Marathon Radio Company files a $35,000 deal to buy WGMX (94.3) and WFFG (1300) in Marathon, FL from Jonathan Smith and Karen Moses-Bowling’s Lincoln-Garrard Broadcasting. Both stations are currently off the air. The transfer is a partial reversal of an $850,000 purchase by Lincoln-Garrard of four stations in 2016. Kentucky-based Lincoln-Garrard ran into trouble however after Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys in 2018. Its Choice Radio Keys division filed for bankruptcy protection. The Great Marathon Company had been the largest debtor, owed $672,908 under a five-year promissory note.
Alabama – Pat Courington and Alex Mastin file a $10,000 deal to buy the silent WQRX, Valley Head, AL (870) from Good News Network. The deal also includes the Valley Head, AL-licensed translator W257EB at 99.3 FM. Courington’s Sand Mountain Broadcasting Service already owns country WQSB (105.1), hot AC “Mix 102.9” WKXX and contemporary Christian WAVU (630) in the region. Mastin is the general manager of those stations.
Boston – iHeartMedia continues to whittle down the number of stations it holds in sales trusts. The company has filed to donate Spanish CHR “Rumba 1340” WKOX to Nancy and Stuart Epperson’s Delmarva Educational Association. WKOX has been in the Ocean Station Trust since 2017 when iHeartMedia struck a deal to expand its clusters in the Boston and Seattle-Tacoma markets. Once the deal closes, iHeart will still own eight stations in the Boston market including CHR “Kiss 108” WKS-FM, country “101.7 The Bull” WBWL, all-news “News Radio 1030” WBZ, rhythmic CHR “Jammin 94.5” WJMN, hot AC “97.7 The Beat” WKAF, classic rock WZLX (100.7), and talk WRKO (680).
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Miami –Raul Alarcon’s South Broadcasting System files a $275,000 deal to buy the Miami, FL-licensed translator W284CT at 104.7 FM from Carl Tutera. Alarcon is making the purchase separately from his Spanish Broadcasting System. The filing says SBS-owned Spanish Classic Hits “Zeta 92” WCMQ-FM will be relayed on the translator.
Minnesota – Hmong Radio Broadcast files a $260,000 deal to buy the West St. Paul, MN-licensed translator K294AM at 106.7 FM from Fresh Air. Hmong Radio Broadcast already owns ethnic WIXK (1590) in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market.
Houston – Centro Cristiano de Vida Eterna files to transfer two FM translators to the Hope Franco Organization. The deal includes the Houston-licensed K287BQ at 105.3 FM and the Houston-licensed K218EJ at 91.5 FM. The translators will continue to relay “Christian Country Radio” KJIC (90.5). No cash will change hands. The transfer is related to the divorce of Sara and Hector Guevara according to the filing.
Illinois – Joey O’Rouke’s JKO Media Group has closed a $700,000 deal to buy classic hits WMMC, Marshall, IL (105.9) from JDL Broadcasting. The deal includes a $100,000 cash payment and a ten-year promissory note for the balance. O’Rouke is the morning host on WMMC and he doesn’t own any other stations. WMMC falls in the Terre Haute, IN market.
Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac, MI – Central Michigan University closes a $500,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WFCX (94.3) from William Langer Gokey’s Northern Broadcasting. Central Michigan University already owns eight other stations in the state, but this will be its first in the Traverse City market.
Massachusetts – Educational Media Foundation closes a $250,000 deal to buy WFNX, Athol, MA (99.9) from Northeast Broadcasting Company. The signal has been used to relay Boston’s adult alternative “92.5 The River” WXRV into north-central Massachusetts. EMF currently owns contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate WKMY, Winchendon, MA (91.1) in the area.
Pueblo, CO – Educational Media Foundation closes 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.
Hawaii – Carla Morris and Sally Dobson’s Resonate Hawaii is downsizing the number of stations it owns on the Big Island. It has closed an $80,000 deal to sell KIPA, Hilo, HI (1060) to Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls. The deal also includes the Hilo, HI-licensed translator K257GV at 99.3 FM. Calvary Chapel already owns the Hilo-licensed translator K201FQ at 88.1 FM. KIPA currently simulcasts the AC “The Beach” format that also airs on KTBH-FM/KWYI (102.7/106.9). Resonate Hawaii also owns “Country 107.7” KKOA, CHR “The Wave” KHWI/KHBC (92.1/92.7) and classic rock “Lava 105.3” KBGX on the Big Island.
North Carolina – Calvin and Teresa Hastings’ KTC Broadcasting closes a $75,000 deal to buy “True Oldies 1320” WAGY, Forest City, NC from Marjorie Huskey. The deal includes the Forest City, NC-licensed translator W298CZ at 107.5 FM. KTC Broadcasting already owns three other AM stations in the region, but none overlaps with WAGY.
Illinois – David Brown’s Illiana Communications closes a $42,000 deal to buy “CD Country 107.9” WCDD and talk/classic hits WBYS (1560) in Canton, IL from Prairie Communications. The sale also includes the Canton, IL-licensed translator W22BZ at 93.7 FM which simulcasts WBYS. Illiana Communications already owns adult hits/farm WITY (980) in the area. Broker: Paramount Media Advisors
Texas – Camp Peniel closes a deal to donate KMPN, Burnet, TX (95.9) to Houston Christian Broadcasters. The Class C3 signal covers an area north of the Austin market.