SALES – STATIONS
Salina-Manhattan, KS – Christopher Miller’s Meridian Media files a $1,755,917.55 deal to buy four stations from Monte Miller’s Rocking M Media in market No. 206. The stations include country “Y-93.7” KYEZ, adult hits “FM 104.9” KSAL-FM, news-talk KSA (1150) and classic hits “1560 The General 1560” KABI. Also included in the deal is the Salina, KS-licensed translator K294DI at 106.7 FM which simulcasts KSAL. And the Abilene, KS-licensed translator K240EX at 95.9 FM which simulcasts KABI. Christopher Miller is the son of Monte Miller. The younger Miller will retain a stake in his father’s company. Once the sale closes, Rocking M Media will still own CHR “92.7 The New Zoo” KZUH and “95.5 The Rock” KVOB in the Salina-Manhattan, KS market. Rocking M Media has also been operating three stations in the market under a local marketing agreement with Radioactive, but that arrangement will end on Dec. 2. Brokers: Gammon Miller
New York – Jim Leven and Bruce Mittman’s Community Broadcasters sells its three-station cluster in Ogdensburg, NY to Bruice Sermonis’ Score Advertising for $350,000. The stations include country “The Wolf 95.3” WLFK, “Talk 92.7”WQTK and sports “ESPN 1400” WSLB. The deal includes a $250,000 promissory note. Once the sale closes, Community Broadcasters will still own a six-station cluster in the nearby Watertown, NY market.
Ohio – Tom Susman files a $250,000 deal to buy country “93.1 The Wolf” WNTO, Racine, OH and gospel “Joy 990” WJEH, Gallipolis, OH from Tina Diddle’s Sunny Broadcasting. Brokers: Jason James and Susan Patrick, Patrick Communications
Alabama – Covington Media files a $220,000 deal to buy “Classic Country 102.3” WAMI-FM, Opp, AL from Opp Broadcasting. Covington Media will operate the station under a local marketing agreement until closing.
Missouri – Joy Christian Communications files a $170,000 deal to buy KELE-FM (92.5) and KELE (1360) in Mountain Grove, MO and KOZX, Cabool, MO (98.1) from Ozark Media. All three stations are currently off the air. Joy Christian Communications will operate the stations under a time brokerage agreement until closing.
Olean, NY – Colonial Radio Group continues to downsize its cluster in market No. 224. It has struck a $90,000 deal to sell classic rock “106.3 The Mountain WXMT to Twilight Broadcasting. The deal will give Twilight a second station in the market where it has a pending $50,000 deal to buy talk WBYN (1160) from Connoisseur Media. It will operate WXMT under a time brokerage agreement until closing. Colonial Radio Group earlier sold WCGH (103.9) to Family Life Ministries. The latest sale leaves Colonial Radio Group with country “Eagle 96.7” WAGL in the market.
Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac, MI – Victoria Bishop’s Michigan Broadcasters files a $75,000 deal to buy “Straits Country 97.7” WCHY from David Smith. Michigan Broadcasters will operate the station under a local marketing agreement until closing. It doesn’t own any other stations.
Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac, MI – 45 North Media files a $68,000 deal to buy WMTE-FM (92.5) from Mitten Media. 45 North Media already owns “Eagle 101.5” WMJZ, Gaylord, MI and under an Oct. 2018 local marketing agreement it simulcasts its programming on WMTE-FM. Mitten Media has a pending deal to sell its only other radio station in the Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac, MI market – WWMN (106.3) – to Blarney Stone Broadcasting. It is already operating the FM under a local marketing agreement.
Nebraska – VSS Catholic Communications has filed a $40,000 deal to buy AC “Sunny 99.3” KETT, Mitchell, NE from G.I. Family Radio. The FM is a spin-off from a larger deal that will see G.I. Family Radio sell its seven stations to Nebraska Rural Radio Association. In order to comply with FCC ownership limits, the Association wasn’t able to buy all seven stations. VSS Catholic Communications will flip KETT to its religious “Spirit Catholic Radio” format.
Champaign, IL – Champaign Multimedia Group closes a $4.5 million deal to buy AC “Lite Rock 97.5” WHMS-FM, “Classic Hits 107.9” WKIO, and talk/sports “News Talk 1400” WDWS from the News-Gazette newspaper. The deal also includes the Champaign, IL-licensed translator W230CW at 93.9 FM which is used to give WDWS an FM signal. Larry J. Perrotto-led Champaign Multimedia Group announced in September it would buy the newspaper portfolio and its radio stations. The News-Gazette filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in August as part of that transaction. The sale maintains a radio-newspaper combination that dates to 1937 when the publisher David W. Stevick signed-on WDWS as Champaign’s first local station. The call letters are a nod to him.
Virginia – Ilmar and Gerardo Ruiz’s Hosanna Christian Media closes a $57,500 deal to buy Spanish religious WHLQ, Lawrenceville, VA (105.5) from Ronnie D. Joyner Ministries.
Idaho – Tu Voz closes a $15,000 deal to buy Spanish-language “Radio Voz” KBWE, Burley, ID (91.9) from Idaho Community Action Network.