SALES – STATIONS
Billings, MT – Desert Mountain Broadcasting files a $3 million deal to buy CHR “Planet 106.7” KPLN, classic hits “My 105.9” KWMY, modern rock “96.3 The Zone” KRZN, country “94.1 K-Sky” KRKX, “News Talk 730” KYYA and “ESPN 910” KBLG from Connoisseur Media. The deal also includes two FM translators licensed to Billings: K251CI at 98.1 FM and K288HA at 105.5 FM. Desert Mountain Broadcasting is a newly-formed company by Mike Driscoll who has been the reginal vice president managing the cluster for Connoisseur. Once the deal closes Connoisseur will still own stations in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Michigan – Charles Williams’ MediaBrew Communications has struck a $2 million deal to buy country WFXD, Marquette, MI (103.3); AC “Sunny 101.9P” WKQS-FM Negaunee, MI; and classic rock WRUP, Palmer, MI (98.3) from Todd Noordyk’s Great Lakes Radio. The deal also includes three FM translators: the Marquette, MI-licensed W291CJ at 106.1 FM; the lshpeming, MI-licensed W260AG at 99.9 FM; and the Marquette, MI-licensed W286BC at 105.1 FM. Noordyk is a long time Michigan broadcaster who has owned 26 stations over 36 years, and one the sale closes he will still own six other Michigan broadcast properties. Broker: Bill Cate, Media Services Group
Tri-Cities, WA – Bustos Media strikes a $200,000 deal to buy regional Mexican KRCW (96.3) from the from Cesar Chavez Foundation’s Farmworkers Educational Radio Network. Bustos has begun operating the station under a local marketing agreement and it has installed its regional Mexican “La Maquina” format on the signal. Bustos Media already owns four stations in the Tri-Cities market including regional Mexican “La Gran D” KZTB (97.9), regional Mexican “La Pantera” KZXR-FM/KZXR (101.7/1310), and regional Mexican “La Zeta” KMMG, (96.7). KRCW will the total number of Bustos Media stations to 25. Broker: Kalil
Pennsylvania – Mark Ford’s Eastern Broadcasting files an $110,000 deal to buy classic hits WHUN, Huntingdon, PA (1150) from Seven Mountains Media. Eastern Broadcasting already owns “Wild Country 105.1” WTUK and “970 Gospel” WFSR in Harlan, KY. After the deal closes, Seven Mountain Media will still own classic hits “Hunny 103.5” WHUN-FM in Huntingdon, PA.
Boston – Marc Pacheco’s MRP Communications files a $100,000 deal to buy talk WVBF (1530) from Steven Callahan. The deal includes the Middleborough Center, MA-licensed translator W259DD at 99.7 FM. The filing says MRP Communications will pay an additional $100,000 for real property related to the station in Taunton, MA where WVBF’s two towers are located.
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Denver – iHeartMedia files a $1.8 million deal to buy the Lakewood, CO-licensed FM translator K229BS at 93.7 FM from Hunt Broadcasting. The translator is currently relaying Hunt’s KCKK (1510) to create the classic hits “93.7 The Rock” branding. But iHeartMedia tells the FCC it plans to use the signal to simulcast sports “Orange & Blue 760” KDSP. The Denver market already has three other FM sports options: KSE Radio Ventures-owned “Attitude 92.5” KKSE-FM, Bonneville’s “104.3 The Fan” KKFN and 4-K’s “Mile High Sports” KDCO (1340) which simulcasts on the Denver-licensed translator K284CI at 104.7 FM. Broker: Griffin Media Brokers
Las Vegas – Richard Tatham files to donate the Las Vegas, NV-licensed translator K229CT at 93.7 FM to Advance Ministries. The translator carries religious programming relayed off the HD3 channel of iHeartMedia AC “Sunny 106.5” KSNE-FM.
Texas – Edgewater Broadcasting files to donate eight FM translators to Grace Community Church of Amarillo. The translators include the Amarillo, TX-licensed K280EU at 103.9 FM; the Lubbock, TX-licensed K271BW at 102.1 FM; the South Lubbock, TX-licensed K269FZ at 101.7 FM; the San Angelo, TX-licensed K213EW at 90.5 FM; the Borger, TX-licensed K256BJ at 99.1 FM; the Pampa, TX-licensed K296EW at 107.1 FM; the Canyon, TX-licensed K284BH at 104.7 FM; and the Big Springs, TX-licensed K209DK at 89.7 FM.
Multistate Deal – Cumulus Media has closed a deal to swap one of its two remaining New York market FM to Entercom as part of a broader exchange between the two companies. Cumulus traded country WNSH, New York (94.7); and its AM-FM combo in Springfield, MA including AC WMAS-FM (94.7) and country “Nash Icon” WHLL (1450) plus the Springfield, MA-licensed translator W251CT at 98.1 FM. In exchange, Cumulus got three stations in Indianapolis from Entercom including hot AC “107.9 The Mix” WNTR, CHR WZPL (99.5) and “CBS Sports 1430” WXNT. The swaps allowed Entercom to max out its cluster in New York, a market where even after the sale Cumulus will owns urban AC “Radio 103.9” WNBM and talk WABC (770) in New York plus “Sports Radio 1230” WFAS in suburban Westchester County. Springfield is technically a new market for Entercom although it already owns six stations in the nearby Boston metro. And in Indianapolis, Entercom exited the market and Cumulus maxed out its cluster which had already included five stations.
Washington, DC – Salem Media Group closes a $750,000 deal to sell WSPZ (1260) to Immaculate Heart Media. IHM will install its Catholic-targeted Relevant Radio network on the station, its first in the market. WSPZ currently simulcasts religious teaching sister WAVA-FM (105.1). Salem still owns three stations in the Washington metro including WAVA-FM, religious teaching WAVA (780), and talk “AM 570 The Answer” WWRC. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage
Oregon – Manny and Dawn Barbosa’s Captain Barbosa Media closed a $140,000 deal to buy adult alternative “94.9 The Bridge” KBGE, Cannon Beach, OR from Mark Evan’s Spinlogic Enterprises. Broker: MCH Enterprise
Texas – Gary Ware and James Turnaville’s Route 66 Media closed a $16,200 deal to buy the currently-silent KDNZ, Pecos, TX (97.3) from the Top of Texas Educational Broadcasting Foundation. Route 66 Media already owns four FMs in the Texas Panhandle and KDNZ will become its first station in West Texas.
Montana – Ted Austin closes a $5,000 deal to buy KBOQ, Lima, MT (100.9) from Rubin Broadcasting. KBOQ is a construction permit for a Class A FM. Broker: MCH Enterprises
Colorado Springs – Gabrielle Broadcasting has closed a deal to put religious “1580 The Trumpet” KFCS into the hands of a receiver. Per a court order Jim Mross will oversee the AM while a pending dispute between Gabrielle and Pilgrim Communications is sorted out. Jacob Barker’s Gabrielle Broadcasting purchased KFCS from Randy Hood’s Pilgrim Communications for $250,000 in 2016. The sale included a $225,000 promissory note.
Kalamazoo, MI – Vineyard Academy closes a deal to donate religious WVAV (91.5) to Holy Family Radio. The station had already been airing Holy Family’s Catholic programming. Holy Family Radio already owns stations in the Grand Rapids, MI and Battle Creek, MI markets.