SALES – STATIONS
Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, NC – Blue Ridge Broadcasting files a $335,000 deal to buy gospel WSMX (1500) from Truth Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Winston-Salem, NC-licensed translator W235CY at 94.9 FM. Once the sale closes Truth Broadcasting will still own gospel “The Light 1340 & 1400” WPOL/WKEW and religious WTRU (830) in the Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point market.
Amarillo, TX – Gray Television has struck a deal to sell one of its two radio stations. Alpha Media will pay $250,000 to acquire Spanish adult hits “102.9 Mundo FM” KEYU-FM. Not included in the deal are the rights to the KEYU call letters, the format, and the “Mundo FM” and “Tu Musica” brands. Alpha Media already owns three stations in market No. 170 including “Country 97.9” KGNC-FM, classic hits “101 The Eagle” KXGL, and news-talk KGNC (710). Gray Television acquired KEYU-TV in June 2018 as part of its $3.65 billion buyout of Raycom Media. It also got regional Mexican “La Ley 104.7” KTXC in the Odessa-Midland, TX market. Gray was briefly in the radio business once before. In 2016 it acquired the broadcast assets of Schurz Communications for $415.3 million but immediately spun off the Schurz radio division in separate deals to Mid-West Family Broadcast Group, Neuhoff Communications and the HomeSlice Group. Broker: Kalil
Oklahoma – Blue Sky Media files a $136,000 deal to buy “Classic Hits 1430” KALV, Alva, OK from MM & K of Alva. Blue Sky Media already owns hot AC “Pulse 105.7” KRDR in Alva.
Oregon – Open Sky Radio files a $35,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KDOA, The Dalles, OR (101.5) from Common Frequency. Open Sky Radio will operate KDOA as a noncommercial station. It also owns adult alternative “Jive Radio” KJIV (96.5) in Bend, OR.
Nevada – Paul Gardner’s Elko Broadcasting files a $15,000 deal to buy “Buckaroo Country 92.7” KWNA-FM, Winnemucca, NV from JDK Broadcasting. Elko Broadcasting will operate the station under a time brokerage agreement until closing, JDK Broadcasting recently donated sister station, the currently-silent KWNA, Winnemucca, NV (1400), to Isaac Diaz’s Fundacion Manitas Llenas. The donation also included the Winnemucca, NV-licensed translator K221AG at 92.1 FM. KWNA has been off the air since May 2018 citing financial difficulties.
North Dakota – William Glass files a $20,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KLTQ, New England, ND (98.1) from Synergy Media. KLTQ has spent much of the past three years off the air as Synergy Media search for a buyer for the station.
North Dakota – In a filing with the FCC iHeartMedia has requested it be allowed to reclaim “Classic Hits 1390” KRRZ, Minot, ND from the Aloha Station Trust. The station has been in the trust since 2008 when its buyout led to the loss of grandfathered status for an oversized cluster. Today iHeart owns five stations in Minot, ND including rock “105.3 The Fox” KZPR, CHR “Z-94” KIZZ, AC “Mix 99.9” KMXA-FM, country “97 Kicks FM” KYYX and farm/country KCJB (910).
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Missouri – Viper Communications files a $50,000 deal to buy the Osage Beach, MO-licensed translator K254BE at 98.7 FM from Bott Broadcasting. Viper tells the FCC it will use the signal to relay classic rock “93.5 Rocks” KMYK, Osage Beach, MO or more possibly, a HD subchannel. Broker: Stephan Sloan, Media Services Group,
Multistate Deal – Connoisseur Media and iHeartMedia close a two-market swap that will send two stations in Frederick, MD from iHeart’s Aloha Station Trust to Connoisseur in exchange for six stations in Erie, PA and one in Mina, NY. In Frederick, Connoisseur will acquire country “Free Country 99.9 FM” WFRE and news/talk “Free Talk 930” WFMD from Aloha. In exchange, iHeartMedia gets CHR “Star 104” WRTS (103.7), rock “Rocket 105” WRKT (104.9), adult hits “94.7 Bob-FM” WXBB, country “93.9 The Wolf” WTWF, talk WJET (1400) and “Fox Sports Radio 1330 The Fan” WFNN in the Erie market, along with soft AC “95.9 Lite FM” WLTM in Mina, NY in area between the Erie and Buffalo, NY markets. The Aloha Station Trust still controls 10 stations scattered across four markets.
Delaware & Maryland – Kerby Confer and Donald Alt’s Forever Media has closed an $18.5 million deal to buy Delmarva Broadcasting, owner of 10 radio stations along the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware and Maryland. In the Wilmington, DE market Forever buys hot AC WSTW (93.7), the news-talk /sports simulcast of WDEL-FM & AM (101.7/1150) and gospel “Faith 1510” WFAI. And in the in the Salisbury-Ocean City, MD market Forever buys country WXCY (103.7), classic hits “97.1 The Wave” WAVD, classic hits “Cool 101.3” WNCL, news/talk “Delaware 105.9” WXDE, hot AC “Eagle 97.7” WAFL and sports “ESPN Delaware” WYUS (930). The cluster also includes the Milford, DE-licensed translator W271CX at 102.1 FM which simulcasts WYUS. The sale marks Delmarva’s exit from the radio business. Delmarva’s parent company, Steinman Communications, is the publisher of LNP/Lancaster Online. Forever Media owns radio stations in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Broker: Michael Bergner
Salt Lake City – Mav Media closes a deal to transfer regional Mexican “Mi Preferida 104.7” KNIV to Aerostar Communications after defaulting on a $2.64 million promissory note signed as part of its 2011 acquisition of the station from Simmons Media. The filing says Mav Media has been in default “for a substantial period of time” and that Aerostar purchased the loan in April 2016. Aerostar already owns Spanish oldies “Placer 107.1” KEGH in the Salt Lake City market although it has had a joint sales agreement that allowed Mav Media to sell ad time on KEGH.
North Carolina – Jon Lane Hockaday’s Sandhills Broadcasting Group closes a $630,000 deal to buy “Classic Hits 105.5” WFJA and country WWGP (1050) in Sanford, NC from Susan Feindel. The deal also includes the Sanford, NC-licensed translator W26DE at 95.1 FM which simulcasts WWGP. Hockaday is already familiar with the stations since he’s a play-by-play announcer on WFJA. Susan Feindel owned the stations with her husband, Richard, until his death in Nov. 2015.
Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN – Chuck Lawson’s Awaken Broadcasting closes a deal to return the currently-silent WZQY (100.5) to David Blair. Awaken bought what was previously hot AC “Y-100.5” WFYE from Blair in 2007 for $275,000. Awaken took the station off the air in June 2018 after it was unable to reach an agreement with the owner of the station’s previous tower site. Then in November Awaken also told the FCC it was having “extreme financial difficulty” and it was attempting to sell the station. The transfer released Awaken from a promissory note held by Blair. Awaken will still own contemporary Christian “Music For Life 690” WZAP in the market.
Sioux City, IA – Joaquin Garza’s Fiesta Radio closes a $200,000 deal to buy Spanish “Fiesta 97.1” KZOI (1250) from Cup O’Dirt. The deal also includes the Sioux City, IA-licensed K246CJ at 97.1 FM. Garza has operated the station under a time brokerage agreement since Nov. 2017. The filing says he was credited $8,000 for repairs made to the station’s transmitter. Cup O’Dirt still owns ‘80s oldies “Sunny Radio” KZOY (1520) and the Sioux Falls-licensed translator K227CZ at 93.3 FM in the market.
Alabama – Stocks Media closes a $130,000 deal to buy WDNG, Anniston, AL (1450) from Charlene Gossett. The deal also includes the Anniston, AL-licensed translator W236CQ at 95.1 FM to create the AC “My 95 FM” brand. The deal includes a $125,000 promissory note according to the filing. Adam and Karen Stocks already own AC “94.1 The River” WFHK in the nearby Birmingham, AL market.
New Jersey – Four Rivers Community Broadcasting closes a $75,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WBZC, Pemberton, NJ (88.9) from Burlington County College. Four Rivers already owns 17 contemporary Christian “Word FM” stations in the region. Burlington County College still owns the Burlington, NJ-licensed translator W236AF at 95.1 FM. Broker: Clifton Gardiner & Company
Wyoming – Eric Henderson’s E Media closes a $15,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KYWY, Pine Bluffs, WY (95.5) from the Dr. Michael Augustus Cultural and Musical Arts Foundation. The Cheyenne, WY market Class C3 FM has been off the air since September due to technical issues.
Mississippi –Educational Media Foundation closes a deal to swap WLYJ, Quitman, MS (98.9) to Joy Christian Ministries in exchange for WKTH, Tullahoma, TN (88.5). No cash is changing hands as part of the trade. The deal allows EMF to fill in the map for its contemporary Christian “K-Love” network between the Nashville and Huntsville, AL markets.