SALES – STATIONS
Florida – Barry Wood’s Mount Vernon Broadcasting files a $500,000 deal to buy WTCL, Chattahoochee, FL (1580) from Metz Inc. The deal also includes the Chattahoochee, FL-licensed translator W261DU at 100.1 FM. WTCL has been operated by the Faith Radio Network under a time brokerage agreement since Aug. 2016. It simulcasts Tallahassee market Spanish religious “Radio Fe 1070” WFRF on the signals.
Augusta, GA – Michael Sbuttoni files to reclaim urban “1230 The Blaze” WEZO from Norma Lewis’ 21st Century Broadcasting. The FCC filing says no cash will change hands but Sbuttoni will release 21st Century from what’s still owed under a $350,000 promissory note signed when he sold the station two years ago. It’s the fourth time that Sbuttoni—an orthodontist in Albany, NY— has owned WEZO. His Eastern Broadcasting Group previously owned the station from 2003 to 2007, from 2009 to 2010, and from 2011 to 2016 with previous owners also defaulting on promissory notes.
Iowa – Doyle and Carolyn Becker’s Fieldview Broadcasting files to take 100% ownership of three radio stations and two FM translators in Iowa currently controlled by Danette and Kirk Graeve’s Riverfront Broadcasting. In doing so, the Beckers will relinquish their 40% ownership stake in 13 other stations owned by Riverfront in Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. No cash will change hands as part of the deal. The assets that will become part of Fieldview Broadcasting are north of the Des Moines market and include AC “Q-95” KQWC, Webster City, IA; oldies “The Kruise 1570” KZWC; and talk/sports KWBG, Boone, IA (1590). The deal also includes two translators: the Webster City, IA-licensed K268DH at 101.5 FM. And the Boone, IA-licensed K268DS at 101.5 FM.
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Tampa – Neal Ardman files a $75,000 deal to buy the Tampa-licensed translator W270DU at 101.9 FM from Bruce Maduri’s Genesis Communications. The signal will be used to simulcast WMGG (1470) which currently relays regional Mexican sister “96.1 La Mexicana” WTMP-FM thereby giving the format better coverage of the market. The deal is an add-on to Ardman’s $350,000 purchase of WMGG from Genesis earlier this year. Ardman also owns R&B oldies WTMP (1150) in the Tampa market.
Pittsburgh – Broadcast Communications files a $33,626 deal to buy the Pittsburgh, PA-licensed translator W271CW at 102.1 FM from Edgewater Broadcasting. The translator will be used to simulcast talk/oldies WKHB (620). The AM has 5,500-watts day and 55-watts night. It already simulcasts on two other FM translators: the Irwin, PA-licensed W222CB at 92.3 FM and the Pittsburgh-licensed W231BM at 94.1 FM.
Jacksonville, FL – Radio Training Network closes a $2.25 million deal to buy contemporary Christian WCRJ (88.1) from the Delmarva Educational Association. The Association still owns religious “The Truth” affiliates WTRJ-FM (91.7) and WAYL (91.9) in the Jacksonville market.
Virginia – Turner Media Group closes a $325,000 deal to buy “Super Country 99.9” WZBB, Stanleytown, VA from William Geasey. Eric and Julie Turner don’t own any other stations.
Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac, MI – John Yob’s Mitten News closes a $200,000 deal to buy talk WYPV, Mackinaw City, MI (94.5) from Brian Sommerfield and Victoria Bishop’s Michigan Broadcasters. Mitten News already owns the talk simulcast of WHAK (960),WJML (1110), and WJNL (1210) in the area as well as the Traverse City, MI-licensed translator W266CS at 101.1 FM.
North Dakota – The University of North Dakota has formally handed control of its two stations in the Grand Forks, ND market to Prairie Public Broadcasting. In a deal valued at $220,000, Prairie Public Broadcasting has closed a deal to buy classical/news-talk KUND-FM (89.3) and adult alternative/news KFJM (90.7). The deal also includes the Thief River Falls, MN-licensed translator K202BK at 88.3 FM which relays KUND-FM across the state line. Prairie Public Broadcasting has been operating the two FMs under programming agreement since July 2014. The pubcaster already owns a number of full-power FMs, translators and TV signals around the state.
Iowa – Community Public Media closes a $100 deal to buy classic hits KPVL, Postville, IA (89.1) from the Postville Chamber of Commerce. Community Public Media is led by Rick Watts who has also served as general manager of Jomast Corp.’s classic country KBOE-FM (104.9) and classic hits KMZN (740) since Aug. 2016
Puerto Rico – Tabernaculo de Santidad closes a one dollar deal to buy the currently-silent WJVP, Culebra, PR (89.9) from Clamor Broadcasting Network. WJVP has been primarily off the air since Aug. 2016 due to economic hardships which were only exacerbated during Hurricane Maria in 2017.