SALES – STATIONS
Michigan – Jamie McKibbin files a $3.8 million deal to buy CHR “K-105.3” WKHM-FM, Brooklyn, MI; country “The Power Cow” WIBM, Jackson, MI; and “News Talk 970” WKHM, Jackson, MI from Jackson Radio Works. The deal also includes three FM translators each licensed to Jackson, MI including W240DG at 95.9 FM which simulcasts WIBM, W268CA at 101.5 FM which simulcasts WKHM, and W270CJ at 101.9 FM which simulcasts the HD2 sports format aired on the HD2 channel of WKHM-FM. The deal includes a $500,000 promissory note.
Richmond, VA – Virginia Tech Foundation files a $2.15 million deal to buy Spanish religious “Radio Nueva Vida” WNVU (89.7) from Educational Media Foundation. The purchase will give the news/talk Radio IQ network that originates at WVTF (89.1) Roanoke-Lynchburg its 25th signal in Virginia. After the deal closes, EMF will still own three stations in the Richmond market, including “K-Love” affiliates WLFV (98.9) and WKYV-FM (100.3) plus Christian CHR “Air1” affiliate WARV (90.1).
Puerto Rico – Iglesia Episcopal Puertorriquea files a $1.1 million deal to buy Spanish oldies “Radio Leo 1170” WLEO, Ponce, PR from Uno Radio Group. Iglesia Episcopal Puertorriquea doesn’t own any other stations. Once the sale closes Uno Radio Group will still own 15 stations in Puerto Rico. Broker: Vincente Belgodere
Iowa – Kathi and Patrick Kolar’s Open Roads Media files a $795,000 deal to buy AC “97.7 The Bolt” KHBT, Humboldt, IA from Riverfront Broadcasting. Kathi Kolar is currently the general manager and sales manager for the station.
Georgia – C.T. Barinowski’s Good News Network files a $575,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WVGC, Westminster, SC (96.7) from Art Sutton’s Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting. Religious operator Good News Network already owns 13 stations in Georgia. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage
Green Bay, WI – Educational Media Foundation files a $512, 000 deal to buy country “Nash FM 104.9” WPCK from Cumulus Media’s Mainstay Station Trust. EMF already owns rimshotter contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate WPFF (90.5) in the region. WPCK has been in the Elliot Evers-run trust since Nov. 2017 as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. Once the deal closes, Cumulus Media will still own three stations in the Green Bay market.
Michigan – Immaculate Heart Media files a $345,000 deal to buy religious outlets WTCK, Charlvoix, MI (90.9); WTCY, Greilickville, MI (88.3); WGJU, East Tawas, MI (91.3); WGZR, Alpena, MI (88.9) and WIDG, St. Ignace, MI (940) from Baraga Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Gaylord, MI-licensed translator W221CA at 92.7 FM.
Nebraska – Mike Flood and Andy Ruback’s Flood Communications files a $300,000 deal to buy AC “98.7 Sky FM” KSID-FM and country/farm “1340 The Fort” KSID in Sidney, NE from Suzy Ernest’s Dead-Short Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Sidney, NE-licensed translator K239BE at 95.7 FM; the Gurley, NE-licensed translator K224FP at 92.7 FM; and the Sterling, CO-licensed translator K245DG at 96.9 FM. Flood Communications also announced it is launching its Western Nebraska News Bureau in Sidney. With the acquisition, Flood Communications will operate ten radio stations and seven television stations in Nebraska. Broker: Jason James, Patrick Communications
Burlington-Plattsburgh, VT-NY – Hometown Communications files a $287,500 deal to buy classic hits WIRY (1340) from William Santa. Hometown Communications is currently operating WIRY under a local marketing agreement.
Cincinnati – Somerset Educational Broadcasting Foundation files a $275,000 deal to buy contemporary Christian “Touch FM” WKCX (89.1) from Spryex Communications. Somerset Educational already owns seven stations in Kentucky. Once the sale closes, Spryex will still own two stations in the Cincinnati market.
Rochester, NY – Timothy Stratton files a $250,000 deal to buy classic country WOKR (1310) from Genesee Media Corp. The deal also includes the Canandaigua, NY-licensed translator W238DG at 95.5 FM. Stratton Radio Broadcasting has operated the station under a time brokerage agreement since August. Once the sale closes, Genesee Media will still own three stations in the Rochester market.
San Francisco – Alfredo Plascencia’s Lazer Broadcasting adds a third station in market No. 4 with a $200,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KSFN (1510) from Mapleton Communications. Lazer Broadcasting already owns two suburban stations: Spanish adult hits “La Mejor” KJOR (104.1) and regional Mexican “Radio Lazer” KSRT (107.1). Once the sale closes Mapleton will exit the radio business. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage.
Richmond, VA – John Fredericks’ MAGA Radio Network files a $155,000 deal to buy “News Talk 100.5” WJFN from Truth Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Hopewell, VA-licensed translator W245CU at 96.9 FM. Fredericks has operated the station under a time brokerage agreement since Oct. 2018.
Texas – Brazos TV files a $122,500 deal to buy religious KETE, Sulphur Bluff, TX (99.7) from Richard Witkovski’s North Texas Radio. Brazos TV already owns religious KJDE, Carbon, TX (100.1) in the area as well as a new FM licensed to Annona, TX. It will operate KETE under a time brokerage agreement until closing. In a related move, Brazos TV will sell a new Class A station at 100.5 FM licensed to Annona, TX it owns to North Texas Radio. The value of the construction permit is pegged at $8,000. Broker: Dave Garland Media Brokerage
Albany, GA – Joe Morgan’s Pretoria Fields Collective Media files a $90,000 deal to buy country “Nash Icon 102.1” WNUQ from Cumulus Media’s Mainstay Station Trust. Pretoria Fields Collective Media doesn’t own any other stations. It is a sister company to Albany, GA-based Pretoria Fields Collective, a family-owned farm brewery. WNUQ has been in the Elliot Evers-run trust since Nov. 2017 as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. Once the deal closes, Cumulus Media will still own five stations in the Albany, GA market.
Utah – David Barton’s Country Gold Broadcasting files a $100 deal to buy adult hits “Jack FM 92.5” KCUA, Maeser, UT (92.5) from Evans Broadcasting. Country Gold Broadcasting already owns classic country KNEU, Roosevelt, UT (1250). Once the sale closes Evans Broadcasting will still own AC “The Fox 98.5” KIFX, Naples, UT.
Illinois – Lifestyle Educational Academy International files to buy religious WLSE, Canton, IL (103.3) and religious WLSB, Augusta, IL (98.5) from the Canton Seventh-Day Adventist Church for one dollar.
Texas – Weston Entertainment files to donate “Pine Country 93.5” KBPC, Crockett, TX to Houston Christian Broadcasters. The religious broadcaster currently owns 35 stations in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida.
South Carolina – Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting files to donate AC “The Lake” WSNW, Seneca, SC (1150) to Toccoa Foundation. Both entities are owned by Art Sutton and Terry Carter. Under the new company WSNW will be changed to a noncommercial station.
Maryland – Bayshore Communications files to donate religious WKDI, Denton, MD (840) to Positive Alternative Radio. The value of the donation has been set at $58,157.
SALES – TRANSLATORS
Alabama – James Earley files a $115,000 deal to buy the Jasper, AL-licensed translator W268BM at 101.5 FM from John Burdette. Earley is already using the signal to relay his Birmingham, AL market classic hits station WJLX (1240).
Multistate Deal – Stephens Media Group closes a $21 million deal to buy 37 stations owned by Mapleton Communications. Stephens Media Group is picking up 18 California stations: six in Merced, five in Monterey, and seven in Redding. Also included are six stations in Medford, OR; six in Spokane, WA; and seven in Louisiana – three in Alexandria and four in Monroe. The sale has left Mapleton with just one station: the currently-silent KSFN (1510) in San Francisco market which it has a pending sale to sell to Lazer Broadcasting (see above).
Allentown-Bethlehem, PA – Victor Martinez’s Hispanic Broadcasting Radio closes a $1.35 million deal to buy tropical WHOL “Mega” simulcast of WEST (1400) and WHOL (1600) from Matthew Braccili’s Lehigh Valley Broadcasting Association. The deal also includes three translators including the Allentown, PA-licensed W295CR at 106.9 FM; the Bethlehem, PA-licensed W258BM at 99.5 FM; and the Easton, PA-licensed W288DS at 105.5 FM. The contract includes a $1.1 million promissory note to be paid out over a 15-year period.
Phoenix – William Brady’s Futures and Options closes an $800,000 deal to buy “Independent Talk 1100” KFNX from Premier Radio Stations. The station has been overseen by a trustee since Lyle Campbell-owned Premiere Radio Stations filed chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2017. Campbell purchased KFNX for $4.875 million in 2005 after previous owner North American Broadcasting also went bankrupt. Broker: Kalil
Altoona, PA –Lightner Communications closes a $675,000 deal to buy AC “Mix 94.7” WBRX, classic rock “Q-94” WBXQ, “News Talk 1240” WRTA, and oldies WKMC (1370) from Sherlock Broadcasting. The deal also includes two FM translators: the Altoona, PA-licensed W253CJ at 98.5 FM which simulcasts WRTA and the Altoona-licensed W241CQ at 96.1 FM which simulcasts WKMC. The filing says each station is valued at $100,000 and the related real estate is valued at $275,000. Matt Lightner already owns soft AC WTRN (1340) and adult hits WYUP (1400) in the Altoona region. Broker: Harold Bausemer
Texas – Michelle and James Watterson’s Lazy Bottom Holdings closes a $500,000 deal to buy country “Texas 99.1” KNES, Fairfield, TX from Julia and Jerry Moon’s J&J Communications. The Class C3 FM covers an area to the east of the Waco market.
Kentucky –Bryan Fowler closes a $300,000 deal to buy country WPAY-FM, Garrison, KY (98.3) from Expression Production Group. Fowler had operated the station under a local marketing agreement since February 2018.
Tri-Cities, WA – Bustos Media closes a $200,000 deal to buy regional Mexican KRCW (96.3) from the from Cesar Chavez Foundation’s Farmworkers Educational Radio Network. Bustos Media also owns four stations in the Tri-Cities market including regional Mexican “La Gran D” KZTB (97.9), regional Mexican “La Pantera” KZXR-FM/KZXR (101.7/1310), and regional Mexican “La Zeta” KMMG, (96.7). Broker: Kalil
Missouri – Aaron Ervine’s Main Street USA Communications closes a $50,000 deal to buy “My Country 99.1” KDWD, Marceline, MO from My Country Radio.
Oregon – Brooke Communications closes a $25,000 deal to buy classical KWRZ, Cayonville, OR (92.3) from the University of Oregon. Brooke Communications already owns five stations in the area including CHR “i-101 FM” KSKR-FM, “Best Country 103” KRSB-FM, adult hits “104.3 Sam FM” KKMX, “News Radio 1240” KQEN and sports “1490 The Score” KSKR. The University still airs “Classical Oregon” on five full-power stations and eight FM translators around the station from its flagship KWAX, Eugene, OR.
Panama City, FL – Ron Hale’s Omni Broadcasting closes a $5,000 deal to buy variety WKGC (1480) from Gulf Coast Community College. Omni Broadcasting already owns sports “The Ticket” WTKP (93.5) in the market. The College still owns jazz-news/talk WKGC-FM (90.7) in the Panama City market.