SALES – STATIONS
Los Angeles – Meruelo Media has filed a $35 million deal to buy regional Mexican “Radio Centro 93.9” KXOS from 93.9 Holdings, the U.S.-based subsidiary of the Mexican radio giant Grupo Radio Centro. One of four regional Mexican stations in L.A., KXOS will join Meruelo Media’s cluster that already includes rhythmic CHR “Power 106” KPWR and the classic hip-hop simulcast of L.A.’s KDAY (93.5) in L.A. and KDEY-FM (93.5) in the adjacent Riverside-San Bernardino market. Alex Meruelo also has a pending $43 million deal to buy rock KLOS (95.5) from Cumulus Media. And he owns Spanish-language KWHY-TV in the Los Angeles market.
Ft. Wayne, IN – Brain Walsh files a $200,000 deal to buy oldies WLYV (1450) from Ron Stone’s Adams Radio Group. The deal also includes the Ft. Wayne-licensed translator at 104.3 FM. Walsh already owns “Oldies 101.1” WIOE in the market. Once the sale closes Adams Radio Group will still own five stations in Ft. Wayne including country “US 93.3” WBTU, classic rock WXKE (96.3), CHR “Hot 107.9” WJFX, AC “103.9 Sunny FM” WWFW, and “Fox Sports 1250” WGL. Broker: Kalil
Tampa – Sam Rogatinsky’s Gulf Coast Broadcasting files a $165,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WRXB (1590) from Walter Kotaba’s Polnet Communications. The deal also includes the Bradenton, FL-licensed translator W243AK at 96.5 FM. The station has been mostly off the air since 2017 for what Polnet said were “financial hardship” reasons. Rogatinsky this month closed a $325,000 deal to buy three silent FMs in Panama City. He also owns ethnic Haitian WPBR (1340) in the West Palm Beach, FL market. Brokers: Dick Kozacko (for Polnet) and Eddie Esserman of Media Services Group (for Gulf Coast)
Evansville, IN – Way FM Media Group files a $150,000 deal to buy adult alternative WUEV (91.5) from the University of Evansville. WUEV first signed-on as WEVC in 1950 when the university was known as Evansville College. The school began exploring the sale of WUEV in May 2018. The university will keep the studio facilities for its communication and journalism programs as part of the deal. It says the decision to sell WUEV will save $1 million over the next decade.
Oregon – Brooke Communications files a $25,000 deal to buy classical KWRZ, Cayonville, OR (92.3) from the University of Oregon. Brooke Communications already owns five stations in the area including CHR “i-101 FM” KSKR-FM, “Best Country 103” KRSB-FM, adult hits “104.3 Sam FM” KKMX, “News Radio 1240” KQEN and sports “1490 The Score” KSKR. Once the sale closes the University will still air “Classical Oregon” on five full-power stations and eight FM translators around the station from its flagship KWAX, Eugene, OR.
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Texas – Sun Radio Foundation files a $50,000 deal to buy the Fredericksburg, TX-licensed translator K267AO at 101.3 FM from Richard Herring. The signal will be used to relay variety “Sun Radio 103.1” KTSN-FM, Blowout, TX.
Nashville – Lind Carden and Charles Jackson’s Heritage Broadcast Associates files a $40,000 deal to buy classic country WAKM (950) from Franklin Radio Associates. Heritage Broadcast Associates has operated WAKM under a time brokerage agreement since August 2017.
Virginia – Robert Phillips closes a $1,100 deal to buy the currently-silent WPAK, Farmville, VA (1490) from Gregory Granger. The deal also includes the Farmville, VA-licensed translator W260DJ at 99.9 FM. Granger still owns adult standards WMGB (740) in the Norfolk, VA market.