SALES – STATIONS
Long Island, NY – New York Public Television WNET-TV/WLIW-TV has filed a $944,834 deal to buy adult alternative/news WPPB (88.3) from Peconic Public Broadcasting. The station is licensed to Southampton, NY and covers Long Island’s East End. New York Public Television will operate the station under a programming agreement until closing. It doesn’t own any other radio stations. The deal includes a three-year non-compete agreement preventing Peconic Public Broadcasting from starting a new station that would compete with WPPB. Broker: Public Media Company
Long Island, NY – Connoisseur Media strikes a deal to sell WALK, Patchogue, NY (1370) to religious broadcaster Cantico Nuevo Ministry The deal is structured as Connoisseur donating the license for WALK with Cantico Nuevo Ministry agreeing to pay $500,000 for the property where the WALK antenna and former studio building sit. The transfer also includes the construction permit for the Patchogue, NY-licensed translator W236DH at 95.1 FM. WALK currently relays oldies sister WHLI (1100) which Connoisseur will still own after the sale closes. It also owns AC WALK-FM (97.5), classic hits “103.1 Max FM” WBZO, AC “K-Joy 98.3” WKJY, and rock “94.3 The Shark” WWSK. Radio Cantico Nuevo already owns Spanish Christian WNYG (1580) and WLIM (1440) in the Long Island market and it leases WNYH (740) from Win Radio Broadcasting. The company also has a pending $200,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WTHE (1520) from Universal Broadcasting.
Missouri – Dean Brueseke and Robert Scott’s Meramec Area Broadcasting files a $200,000 deal to buy country/sports KTUI-FM (102.1) and news/talk KTUI (1560) in Sullivan, MO from Fidelity Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Sullivan, MO-licensed translator K231CP at 94.1 FM which simulcasts KTUI-AM. A $150,000 promissory note is part of the agreement. Fidelity is a local cable TV provider which has owned the stations since 1997.
Pennsylvania – Vic Michael files a $160,000 deal to buy “Talk Radio 1380” WMLP, Milton, PA from Roger Haddon’s Sunbury Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Milton, PA-licensed translator W233CP at 94.5 FM. Once the sale closes Sunbury Broadcasting will still own four stations in the Sunbury-Selinsgrove-Lewisburg, PA market.
Oregon – Tom Hodgins and Chris Jacky’s Xana Oregon files a $155,000 deal to buy classic hits “The Boss 100.7” KPPT-FM, Depoe Bay, OR and “News Talk 1230” KCUP, Toledo, OR from Agpal Broadcasting. Xana Oregon will operate the stations under a local marketing agreement until closing. It already owns there stations in the Tillamook area: “Country 95.9” KTIL-FM, hot AC “Coast 105.5” KDEP, and “Good Time Oldies 1590” KTIL.
Ft. Walton Beach-Destin, FL – John Ralls’ Logic Educational Network files a deal to buy the currently-silent WDSP (1280) from The Sportzmax. The unspecified purchase price identified in the contract calls for the buyer to pay WDSP’s outstanding regulatory fees to the FCC as well as to pay for a new transmitter for the 1,000-watt station. Logic Educational Network will begin operating the station under a local marketing agreement Dec. 1 if the sale has not yet closed by that date. It plans to put a noncommercial religious format on WDSP. Ralls already owns adult standards “Legends 1140” WPNS in the Ft. Walton Beach-Destin, FL market.
California & Oregon – Common Frequency files to donate four FMs to Common Communications Southern California. The stations include the Los Angeles market KCFH (89.1); San Francisco market KXCF (91.5); KUSF, Glendale, OR (91.3); and KQCF, Chiloquin, OR (88.1). Common Communications Southern California is a noncommercial broadcaster that says its programing will be focused on arts and music, including as a “conduit of an alternative radio format.” Once the transfer is completed, Common Frequency will still own two FMs in California.
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Colorado – MBC Grand Broadcasting files a $10,000 deal to buy the Battlement Mesa, CO-licensed translator K270AY at 101.9 FM from Professional Antenna, Tower and Translator Service (PATTS). MBC will use the signal to simulcast Grand Junction, CO market adult hits “The Vault 100.7” KKVT.
Washington – Bustos Media files to sell the Ephrata, WA-licensed translator K238CH at 95.5 FM to Centro Familiar Cristiano for one dollar. The religious broadcaster will use the signal to simulcast Spanish Christian KULE, Ephrata (730) which it purchased from Bustos Media as part of a multi-market deal earlier this year.
Arkansas – Monte Spearman’s High Plains Radio Network closes a $475,000 deal to buy AC “Mix 103.1” KFFA-FM and country/sports KFFA (1360) in Helena, AR from Jim and Nancy Howe’s Delta Broadcasting. The Arkansas Delta AM is home to the original King Biscuit Flour Blues show, which has featured many of the nation’s top blues performers and still runs daily on KFFA. Broker: Bill Cate, Media Services Group
Tennessee – 3B Properties closes a $150,000 deal to buy bluegrass WYHM, Rockwood, TN (580) from The Holler. The deal also includes the Rockwood, TN-licensed translator W280FK at 103.9 FM. 3B Properties already owns three other stations in the area including classic hits “105.7 The Hog” WIHG, AC “98.9 The Wolf” WOFE and CHR “The Vibe” WVVB (1410).
Hawaii – Hawaii Public Radio closes an $110,000 deal to buy KFNZ, Kualapuu, HI (103.1) from Sebago Broadcasting. KFNZ is a construction permit for a Class C2 FM on the island of Molokai. Hawaii Public Radio’s news-talk “HPR 1” KKUA, Wailuku (90.7) and classical “HPR 2” KIPM (89.7) already cover parts of the Kualapuu area.
Atlantic City, NJ -- The Domestic Church Media Foundation closes a $75,000 deal to buy WGYM (1580) from Access.1 Communications. The Foundation already owns religious WSMJ (91.9) in the market. The deal had been filed in Dec. 2015 with the FCC but the closing had been delayed until Accces.1 settled an unrelated lawsuit that had prevented the transfer of the station free and clear of liens. The closing marks the end of Access.1, which previously sold all of its stations. Broker: Thomas McKinley, Media Services Group
Georgia – J.R. Hammett closes a $50,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WKTF, Vienna, GA (1550) from Anthony Hernandez’s LEN Radio Broadcasting. WKTF has been off the air since April when its transmitter site had problems with its power source.