SALES – STATIONS
Minnesota – Leighton Enterprises files a $3.4 million deal to buy hot AC “Z-99” KXRZ, classic rock “KX-92” KXRA-FM and “News Talk Radio 1490” KXRA in Alexandria, MN from Paradis Broadcasting. The deal also includes two FM translators including the Alexandria, MN -licensed K262AT at 100.3 FM and the Glenwood, MN-licensed K289CL at 105.7 FM. Both signals simulcast KXRA. Leighton Enterprises will pay an additional $240,000 for the studio and land used by the stations. No programming changes are planned and Brett Paradis will remain with the cluster, serving as general manager. Leighton Enterprises already owns stations in St. Cloud, Fergus Falls, Perham, and Detroit Lakes.
Iowa – KMAland Broadcasting files a $2.9 million deal to buy the talk simulcast KMA-FM, Clarinda, IA (99.1) and KMA, Shenandoah, IA (960) from Ed May’s KMA Broadcasting. The buyer is a company created by a group of local residents.
Dallas – Linda Hammond’s Farmersville Investments files a $2 million deal to buy Spanish religious KFCD (990) from Vikram Shah Broadcasting. The deal also includes the McKinney, TX-licensed translator K260CX at 99.9 FM.
Georgia – James Powell files a $125,000 deal to buy WEBS, Calhoun, GA (1030) from Kenyon Payne. The deal also includes the Calhoun, GA-licensed translator W278CD at 103.5 FM. WEBS has been off the air since August citing financial issues. The filing says the transfer forgives the $125,000 owed to Powell by Payne for the construction of urban “Streetz 94.5” WIPK. Powell has been the director of Calhoun Community Radio’s WJRP-LP (107.7) and will resign from that post and any affiliation with the low-power FM in order to comply with FCC rules.
Florida – George and Esperanza Arroyo’s Florida Broadcasters files a $75,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WLBE, Leesburg-Eustis, FL (790) from Wendy Wolf. Florida Broadcasters will operate the station under a time brokerage agreement until closing. It already owns tropical “Viva” WONQ (1030) and Spanish urban “Urbana” WURB (1140) in the nearby Orlando area.
Syracuse, NY – Craig Fox’s Wolf Radio files a $25,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WOSW (1300) from Pathway Community Radio. The move reverses a 2017 deal that saw Wolf Radio sell the AM to Pathway Community Radio for $20,000. Wolf Radio already owns five stations in the market including country “92.1 The Wolf” WOLF-FM, classic hits “The Dinosaur” WSEN-FM/WFBL (103.9/1390), gospel WSIV (1540), and “Fox Sports 1490” WOLF.
Albany, NY – Joe Reilly’s Empire Broadcasting has found a buyer for its last station in market No. 66 and it’s a familiar name. Saratoga Radio has filed a $20,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WABY (900) and the Clifton Park, NY-licensed translator W231DU at 94.1 FM. Saratoga Radio earlier this year struck a $100,000 deal to buy classic hits “Star Radio” WSSV (1160) from Empire Broadcasting. Saratoga Radio has a local marketing agreement to operate WABY until closing. Empire still has a pending $75,000 deal to sell sister WPTR (1240) to Area Independent Radio.
Portland, OR – ProMedia Partners files an $8,000 deal to buy “Oldies 1260” KLYC from Celebrate Life Media. The deal also includes the McMinnville, OR-licensed translator K256DF at 99.1 FM. ProMedia will operate the station under a local marketing agreement until closing.
Austin – Emmis has closed a deal to sell its controlling 50.1% interest in in a group of Austin stations to its minority partner, Sinclair Telecable. Under the deal, Sinclair will pay $39.3 million to obtain full ownership of talk KLBJ (590), rock KLBJ-FM (93.7), adult hits “Bob FM 103.5” KBPA-FM, regional Mexican “107.1 La Zeta” KLZT-FM, alternative “101X” KROX, adult alternative “Austin City Limits Radio’ KGSR-FM (93.3), along with “Star 93.3” and “Latino 102.7,” which both air on HD Radio-fed FM translators. Emmis and Sinclair have been partners since Emmis purchased its controlling interest in July 2003 from Luci Baines Johnson, the daughter of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, former First Lady Bird Johnson who owned the stations from 1943 until the family put them into a trust in 1997. Sinclair Telecable is not in any way affiliated with Sinclair Broadcast Group, the television company that owns KEYE-TV in Austin. Bob and David Sinclair has said they plan to rename their radio company Waterloo Media.
Miami & Tampa – Immaculate Heart Media closes an $8,218,875 deal to buy four AMs and three FM translators from Salem Media Group in Florida. In Miami, Immaculate Heart Media files to buy Spanish Christian “Radio Luz” WKAT (1450), business news “880 The Biz” WZAB, plus the Miami-licensed translator W249DM at 97.7 FM which simulcasts WKAT. And in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Immaculate Heart Media files to buy Spanish Christian “Radio Luz” WLCC (760), business news “1380 The Biz” WWMI, plus the Tampa-licensed translator W282CI at 104.3 FM which simulcasts WLCC, and a construction permit for the St. Petersburg, FL-licensed translator W260DM at 99.9 FM. Salem still owns Spanish religious WOCN (1080) in Miami and three stations in Tampa including talk “AM 860 The Answer” WGUL and religious “Faith Talk 570/910” WTBN/WTWD. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage
Williamsport, PA – Van Michael closes a $5.9 million deal to buy country WILQ (105.1), hot AC “My 107.9” WLMY, classic hits WBZD-FM (93.3), rock WZXR/WCXR (99.3/103.7), and sports “ESPN Radio 1340” WWPA from Daniel Farr’s Backyard Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Williamsport, PA-licensed translator W267BJ at 101.3 FM that simulcasts WWPA Michael, who doesn’t own any other stations, plans to retain the Backyard Broadcasting name for his company. Broker: Kalil
Portland, OR – John Scagg’s Way Media Group closes a $3.5 million deal to buy rhythmic CHR “We 96.3” KWEE from Keith Shipman and David Rauh’s 3 Horizons. KWEE will adopt a religious format. The move allows Way Media to upgrade its coverage of the market. It has already carried its Christian contemporary “Way FM” format on the Portland-licensed translator K283BL at 104.5 FM. The company says it will improve coverage from 800,000 potential listeners to 2 million. KWEE has been operated under a local marketing agreement by Alpha Media since August 2016. After the sale closes it will still own six stations in the market. Broker: Kalil
Houston – Joe Paulo’s KSBJ Educational Foundation closes a $1.3 million deal to buy AC “Shine All 9” KSHN (99.9) from Bill Buchanan’s Trinity River Valley Broadcasting. The KSBJ Educational Foundation already owns contemporary Christian KSBJ (89.3), Christian CHR “NGEN Radio” KXNG/KYBJ (91.7/91.1) in the Houston market. It also has just closed a deal to buy classic hits “92.3 The Eagle” KETX-FM from Telcom Supply (see below). Brokers: Scott Knoblauch of Spectrum Media and Bill Whitley of Media Services Group
Ft. Walton Beach-Destin, FL – Robert Williamson’s Florala Radio Group closes an $810,000 deal to buy gospel WTJT (90.1) from Okaloosa Public Radio. Florala Radio Group also owns gospel WKWL, Florala, AL (1230) and talk WGYV, Greenville, AL (1380).
Panama City, FL – Aaron Lee’s Great American Media closes a $700,000 deal to buy “Classic Rock 95.9” WRBA, adult hits “Bob FM 105.1” WASJ, country “Kickin 103.5” WKNK from Sam Rogatinsky’s Palm Beach Radio Group.
Tennessee – Josh and Holly Peterson closes a $650,000 deal to buy talk/variety “Thunder 1320” WMSR, Manchester, TN from Robert and Tiffany Clutter’s Coffee County Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Manchester, TN-licensed translator W300BL at 107.9 FM and the Tullahoma, TN-licensed translator W249CV at 106.7 FM.
Houston – Joe Paulo’s KSBJ Educational Foundation closes a $385,000 deal to buy classic hits “92.3 The Eagle” KETX-FM from Deborah Rand’s Telcom Supply. Brokers: KSBJ Educational Foundation already owns contemporary Christian KSBJ (89.3), Christian CHR “NGEN Radio” KXNG/KYBJ (91.7/91.1) in the Houston market. Telcom Supply also just closed on its deal to sell sister sports “1440 The Score” KETX (see below). Brokers are Greg Guy and Jason James, Patrick Communications.
Puerto Rico – Aurio Matos Barreto closes a $260,000 deal to buy tropical “Radio Hit 1250” WJIT, Sabana, PR from Juan Rosario’s JP Broadcast Corp. The sale also includes the Vega Alta, PR-licensed translator W267DD at 101.3 FM. Barreto has struck deals to sell most of his other stations on the market and pending those closings in addition to WJIT he will own romantica WCMA, Bayamon (1600) and the currently-silent WDNO, Quebradillas (960).
Tampa – Sam Rogatinsky’s Gulf Coast Broadcasting closes a $165,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WRXB (1590) from Walter Kotaba’s Polnet Communications. The deal also includes the Bradenton, FL-licensed translator W243AK at 96.5 FM. The station has been mostly off the air since 2017 for what Polnet said were “financial hardship” reasons. Rogatinsky earlier this year closed a $325,000 deal to buy three silent FMs in Panama City. He also owns ethnic Haitian WPBR (1340) in the West Palm Beach, FL market. Brokers: Dick Kozacko (for Polnet) and Eddie Esserman of Media Services Group (for Gulf Coast)
Florida – Christian Radio Fellowship closes a $50,000 deal to buy contemporary Christian WKWJ, Key West, FL (91.9) from Cornerstone Broadcasting. Christian Radio Fellowship currently owns religious WAFT (101.) in the Valdosta, GA market. Cornerstone Broadcasting still owns three stations in the Daytona Beach, FL market. Broker: Fowler Media Consulting
Houston – Ken Luck closes a $25,000 deal to buy sports “The Score” KETX (1440) from Telcom Supply. The deal also includes the Livingston, TX-licensed translator K272FY at 102.3 FM. Luck is the operations manager and sports director of KETX.
Texas – RCA Broadcasting closes a $15,000 deal to buy the currently-silent KCUL-FM Marshal, TX (92.3) from Access.1 Communications. RCA Broadcasting already owns talk KZEY Marshal, TX (1410) and KFRO (1370) in the nearby Tyler-Longview, TX market. Access.1 Communications also has a still-pending deal from December 2015 to sell its last remaining station in the Atlantic City, NJ market. The Domestic Church Media Foundation has filed a $75,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WGYM (1580). The Foundation already owns religious WSMJ (91.9) in the Atlantic City market.
Montana – Munson Radio closes a deal to transfer the license for KEIN, Great Falls, MT (1310) to Wayne Farree and Creed Evans’ Tiger Butte Broadcasting as part of a legal settlement. Tiger Butte Broadcasting doesn’t own any other stations.
Montana – The Miles City Seventh-Day Adventist Church closes a deal to donate religious KQQM, Miles City, MT (88.3) to Radio 74 Internationale. KQQM will become Radio 74 Internationale’s first station in Montana.