SALES – STATIONS
New York & Georgia – Educational Media Foundation files a $1.4 million deal to buy four full-power stations and one FM translator from Family Stations. The deal includes religious WFBF (89.9) in the Buffalo, NY market where EMF doesn’t currently own any stations. It also buys WFRH, Kingston, NY (91.7) and its Catskill, NY-licensed translator W282BI at 104.3 FM. EMF also buys WFRC (90.5) in the Columbus, GA market and WFRP, Americus, GA (88.7).
Toledo, OH – Taylor University Broadcasting files a $500,000 deal to buy religious WTPG (88.9) from Penfold Communications. Taylor University Broadcasting already owns contemporary Christian WBCJ (88.1) in the Lima, OH market and the Findlay, OH-licensed translator W258CE at 99.5 FM.
South Dakota – Loren and Pace Maier’s 4 Paws Broadcasting files a $405,000 deal to buy oldies “Solid Gold 98” KDSJ, Deadwood, SD from Goldrush Broadcasting. This is the first station for 4 Paws Broadcasting.
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY – Area Independent Radio files a $75,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WPTR (1240) from Empire Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Ballston Spa, NY-licensed translator W246DS at 97.1 FM. Empire Broadcasting currently has just closed a $100,000 deal to sell classic hits “Star Radio” WSSV (1160) to Saratoga Radio. That leaves it with just the currently-silent WABY (900) in the market.
Detroit – Beasley Media Group has closed a $13.5 million cash deal to buy urban AC “105.9 Kiss FM” WDMK from Urban One. The deal also includes three FM translators, including the Detroit-licensed W228CJ at 93.5 FM; the Detroit-licensed W252BX at 98.3 FM; and the Detroit-licensed W228CU at 93.5 FM. The trio of translators forms the gospel “Detroit Praise Network” relayed off WDMK’s HD2 sub channel. They join a cluster that already includes classic hip-hop “105.1 The Bounce” WMGC-FM, classic rock WCSX (94.7), and rock WRIF (101.1). For Urban One it’s another foot out of Detroit. Last year it sold WDKL (102.7) to Educational Media Foundation for $12.7 million. And two years ago, it sold WMUZ (1200) to Crawford Broadcasting for $2 million. The sale of the urban AC leaves Urban One with only urban “Hot 107.5” WGPR in the Motor City, which it operates under a local marketing agreement with the International Free & Accepted Modern Masons, which owns the FM. The LMA expires at the end of the 2019. Broker: Michael Bergner
Honolulu – Pacific Media Group enters the Honolulu market as it closes a $5.5 million deal to buy four FMs from Ohana Media Group. The stations including rhythmic CHR “102.7 Da Bomb” KDDB, alternative “Alt 105.9” KPOI-FM, rhythmic AC KUMU-FM (94.7), and ethnic Hawaiian “93.1 Da Pa`ina” KQMQ-FM. Pacific Media Group also owns stations on Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii.
Dayton, OH – Antioch College has closed a deal to turn over control of news/adult alternative WYSO (91.3) to an independent, newly-created not-for-profit organization called Miami Valley Public Media in a deal valued at $3.5 million. Antioch College had owned the NPR affiliate since 1958. The station will remain on campus and students and faculty will continue to play a role at the station. Antioch College president Tom Manley says independence was part of the plan for WYSO when it was launched as a student-run station more than 60 years ago. No programming changes are planned.
South Dakota & Minnesota – Prairie Winds Broadcasting closes a $1.5 million deal to buy five full-power stations and three FM translators from Armada Media. The stations include adult hits “99.5 Jack FM” KJKQ, Sisseton, SD; country “Pheasant Country 103” KBWS-FM, Sisseton, SD (102.9); classic rock “Power 106.3” KPHR, Ortonville, MN; classic hits KMSD, Milbank, SD (1510); classic country KDIO, Ortonville, MN (1350). The FM translators include the Milbank, SD-licensed K252FB at 98.3 FM; the Milbank, SD-licensed K236CU at 95.1 FM; and the Ortonville, MN-licensed K233DL at 94.5 FM. Prairie Winds Broadcasting also owns a six-station cluster in the Aberdeen, SD market.
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY – Saratoga Radio closes a $100,000 deal to buy classic hits “Star Radio” WSSV (1160) from Empire Broadcasting. The deal also includes a construction permit for the Saratoga Springs, NY-licensed translator W227DW at 93.3 FM. Saratoga Radio is a 50-50 partnership between two companies that already own stations in New York: Aaron and Jessica Ishmael’s A&J Radio, who operates stations in the Burlington-Plattsburgh, NY-VT market, and Ricki Lee Shorthose and Hanna Maria Kaleta’s Border Media, which owns stations in the Adirondacks. Empire Broadcasting has just struck a deal to sell sister WPTR (see above). It also owns just the currently-silent WABY (900) in the market.
Kentucky – Mark Ford’s Eastern Broadcasting Company closes on a $110,000 deal to buy AC WHLN, Harlan, KY (1410) from Radio Harlan. Eastern Broadcasting Company already owns “Wild Country 105.1” WTUK and “970 Gospel” WFSR in the area.
Indiana – Sandy Biddinger and Kathy Verseman’s Two Black Cadillacs closes a $60,000 deal to buy religious WTRE-FM, Greenburg, IN (89.9) from Martin Hensley’s Indiana Community Radio.
Brunswick, GA – iHeartMedia closes a deal to reclaim “107.7 The Fox” WHFX from the Sun and Snow Station Trust. Earlier this year the FCC approved a city of license change for urban AC “V-101.5” WSOL-FM from Brunswick, GA to Yulee, FL. That took it out of the Brunswick market into what’s technically considered the Jacksonville, FL market. The move allowed iHeartMedia to file to reclaim WHFX from the Trust and still comply with the five station ownership cap in Brunswick, market No. 261. If the FCC approves, WHFX will rejoin an iHeart cluster that also includes country WYNR (102.5), CHR “103-Q” WQGA, news-talk “Real Radio 1440” WGIG, gospel “Hallelujah 96.3” WBGA (1490). One station is still in the Sun and Snow Station Trust is “Cat Country 100.3 FM” KSNR Grand Forks, ND-MN.
Minnesota – Refuge Media Group closes on the donation of its three full-power FMs in Minnesota and 13 FM translators in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa to fellow religious broadcaster University of Northwestern-St. Paul. The stations include WJRF, Duluth, MN (89.5); KRGM, Marshall, MN (89.9); and KRFG, Nashwauk, MN (102.9). The translators include the Mankato, MN-licensed K206DI at 89.1 FM; the Fairmont, MN-licensed K208FJ at 89.5 FM; the Hutchinson, MN-licensed K215DU at 90.9 FM; the Grand Marias, MN-licensed K220BI at 91.9 FM; the Grand Rapids, MN-licensed K256CW at 99.1 FM; the New Ulm, MN-licensed K270DZ at 101.9 FM; the Pennock, MN-licensed K277CC at 103.3 FM; the Sioux Falls, SD-licensed K288GA at 105.5 FM; the Brandon, SD-licensed K208EX at 89.5 FM; the Watertown, SD-licensed K220IT at 91.9 FM; the Brookings, SD-licensed K288EV at 105.5 FM; the Spirit Lake, IA-licensed K210CG at 89.9 FM; and the Spencer, IA-licensed K220HY at 91.9 FM. Refuge Media Group still owns two construction permits: KRGO, Alton, IA (91.5) and KRFW, Watertown, SD (91.9). However the donation brought its “Refuge Radio” format to an end after 37-years.