Multistate Deal – Entercom and Urban One have struck a four-market, cash-free deal that will bring changes to the Philadelphia, Washington, St. Louis and Charlotte markets.
In Philadelphia, Urban One has agreed to swap “Hip Hop 103.9” WPHI-FM to Entercom which will use the FM to simulcast all-news KYW (1060). Once the swap is finalized, Urban One will still own R&B oldies “Classix 107.9” WPPZ-FM and adult R&B WRNB (100.3) in Philadelphia. And Entercom will own seven stations.
In Washington, Urban One will hand over sports “980 The Team” WTEM to Entercom, which already owns six stations in the market. The move will leave Urban One with six stations all targeting Black listeners.
In St. Louis, Urban One will turn over hip-hop/R&B “Hot 104.1” WHHL as well as the intellectual property of Urban One’s adult R&B “The Lou” to Entercom. It will place “The Lou” on KNOU-FM (96.3) in place of the station’s current CHR programming. In a separate deal yet to be filed with the FCC, Urban One will sell the WFUN-FM frequency to Gateway Creative Broadcasting.
Charlotte is where Urban One will grow. It picks up Entercom’s entire Charlotte cluster, which includes hot AC “107.9 The Link” WLNK, news/talk WBT-FM & (99.3/1100) and sports WFNZ (610). Urban One will also receive the Charlotte-licensed translator W273DA at 102.5, which simulcasts WFNZ. Urban One already owns gospel “Praise 100.9” WPZS-FM, adult R&B “Praise 100.9” WOSF-FM, and R&B “92.7 The Block” WQNC-FM in the Charlotte market.
Entercom and Urban One plan to begin operating their new stations under time brokerage agreements Nov. 23. And Entercom will continue to carry some syndicated programming from Urban One’s network Reach Media.
Fayetteville, AR – Elizabeth Marquis has filed a $500,000 deal to buy alternative “104.9 The X” KXNA, from Butler Broadcasting. Maquis does not own any other stations. Once the sale closes, Butler Broadcasting will still own sports “The Fan” KREB (1190), news-talk KRRD (1250), and talk “1390 The Center” KFFK in northwest Arkansas.
Milwaukee – Craig Karmazin’s Good Karma Broadcasting has filed a $388,921 deal to buy WRRD (1510) from Michael Cute. The deal also includes the Milwaukee, WI-licensed translator W269DL at 101.7 FM. Good Karma already operates WRRD under a time brokerage agreement. It simulcasts sports “540 AM ESPN” WAUK. Good Karma also owns sports “94.5 ESPN FM” WKTI and news-talk WTMJ (620) in the market.
Madison, WI – Michael Crute has filed a $363,921deal to buy talk WTTN (1580) from Craig Karmazin’s Good Karma Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Madison, WI-licensed translator W224EG at 92.7 FM. Crute has operated WTTN since March 2018. Once the sale closes, Good Karma will still own hot AC “95X” WXRO and sports “FM 100.5 ESPN” WTLX in Madison.
Bozeman, MT – Ted Austin has filed a $350,000 deal to buy KBOZ-FM (99.9), KOZB (97.5), KOBB-FM (93.7), KBOZ (1090), and KOBB (1230) from Reier Broadcasting. All five stations are currently off the air. Austin doesn’t own any other stations in Bozeman. The deal includes a $175,000 promissory note.
Toledo, OH & Madison, WI – Educational Media Foundation has agreed to swap talk WPAY (1520) to Fusion Radio and two Toledo, OH-licensed FM translators – the W221BG at 92.1 FM and W277BI at 101.3 – in exchange for the Madison, WI-licensed translator W277AE at 103.3 FM. The deal will give EMF its first signal in the Madison market. And once the swap closes, EMF will still own contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate WNKL (96.9) in Toledo. Fusion Radio is run by Rob Austin who operates Jam Traxx Media, the Chicago-based company that distributes programming, mix show syndication, production, and imaging to radio stations. The trade is cash-free. but it has been valued at $250,000. Broker: Kozacko Media Services
Macon, GA – Christopher Murray’s Macon Urban Radio Alliance has filed a $125,000 deal to buy gospel WYPZ (900) from Sun Multimedia. The deal also includes the Fort Valley, GA-licensed translator W286CE at 105.1 FM. Murray had already been operating WYPZ under a time brokerage agreement since 2014. He also owns R&B WRWR (107.5), Hip-Hop “Power 107.1” WFXM, and classic hits WBML (1360) in the Macon market.
Oregon – Rubin Broadcasting has filed a $25,000 deal to buy news-talk “K-Cup 1230” KCUP, Toledo, OR from Thomas Hodgins’ Xana Oregon. Steve and Lauren Rubin already own hot AC “Rewind 98.1” KRWI in the Bakersfield, CA market as well as AC “Skunk FM” KUNK, Mendocino, CA (92.7) and talk KTOX, Needles, CA (1340)
Ohio – Gary and Renee Tollett have filed a $10,000 deal to buy “Gold Country 1320” WOBL, Oberlin, OH and oldies “Kool Kat Oldies 1380” WDLW, Lorain, OH from Douglas and Lorie Wilber. The deal includes the Oberlin, OH-licensed translator W299CJ at 107.7 FM which simulcasts WOBL. And the Lorain, OH-licensed translator W255CW at 98.9 FM that simulcasts WDLW.
Long Island, NY – Mike Kakoyiannis has filed a $10,000 deal to buy the Manorville, NY-licensed translator W245BA at 96.9 FM from Michael Aliffi. The translator currently simulcasts Red Apple Media’s WLIR-FM (107.1) which relays talk WABC New York (770) to the east end of Long Island. Kakoyiannis is a principle at the podcast studio Goat Tree Media.
Minnesota – Steve and Laura White’s Next Step Broadcasting has closed a $716,171 deal to buy “Hot Country 94.3” KDOM-FM and classic country KDOM (1580) in Windom, MN from Doyle and Carolyn Becker’s Riverfront Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Windom, MN-licensed translator K276GN at 103.1 FM.
Abilene, TX – Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls has closed a $45,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KGDL (92.1) from Jose Antonio Aguilar. Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls will convert the station to a noncommercial religious station. It doesn’t currently own any other signals in the Abilene market. Aguilar still owns three other Texas FMs. Broker: Griffin Media Brokers
Florida –Spottswood Partners doubles up on stations in the Florida Keys as it has closed a $15,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WKEY-FM, Key West, FL (93.7) from a group of creditors who took control of the station from former license holder Choice Radio which filed for bankruptcy in 2018 following Hurricane Irma. The deal also includes the cancellation of lease obligations for WKEY-FM’s office space valued at $85, 899. Spottswood Partners already owns the silent WKWF (1600) in Key West and the Key West-licensed translator W277DX at 103.3 FM.
New Mexico – MTD has closed a deal to donate talk KRUI, Ruidoso Downs, NM (1490) to the village of Ruidoso, NM. The station carries a traditional lineup of talk shows in addition to tourism-related programming. The village plans to keep KRUI a commercial station, but it is expected to add more coverage of local events. The Ruidoso News says it will have an annual operating budget of about $40,000 with roughly $20,000 needed for the initial setup, including moving the studios to the village offices. The village is also reportedly working with Eastern New Mexico University on programming. MTD stills own four FMs in New Mexico.