Minneapolis – Educational Media Foundation has filed a $2.45 million deal to buy rhythmic CHR “Go 95.3” KZGO and modern rock “Go 96.3” KQGO from the Pohlad Companies. EMF already owns KMKL (90.3) in Minneapolis which airs its contemporary Christian “K-Love” national feed. The Pohlad Companies will exit radio. Founded in 1950 by Carl R. Pohlad, the company owns the Minnesota Twins and more than 30 businesses the Twin Cities. Broker: Kalil
Houston – iHeartMedia has filed a $1.4 million deal to buy ethnic KXYZ (1320) from Arthur Liu’s Multicultural Radio Broadcasting. The filing says the tower site is not included in the sale and iHeart will have until February 26, 2021 to strike a deal with its owner. If not, it will be able to operate KXYZ from the tower used by soon-to-be talk sister KPRC (950) in the interim. In addition to KPRC, iHeartMedia already owns AC “Sunny 99.1” KODA, alternative “94.5 The Buzz” KTBZ-FM, R&B “93.7 The Beat” KQBT, “News Radio 740” KTRH and “Sports Talk 790” KBME in the Houston market. It is expected KXYZ will carry the growing Black Information Network. Once the sale closes, Multicultural Radio Broadcasting will still own ethnic KCHN (1050) in the Houston market.
Dallas – iHeartMedia has filed a $950,000 deal to buy gospel “Heaven 970” KHVN and gospel/religious KKGM (1630) from Mortenson Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Fort Worth, TX-licensed translator K237HD at 95.3 FM that simulcasts KHVN. And a construction permit for the Fort Worth, TX-licensed translator K221GV at 92.1 FM that will relay KKGM. Mortenson Broadcasting bought the stations last year for $1.5 million. iHeartMedia will begin operating the stations under a local marketing agreement on January 2, 2021. It is expected one or both of the new AMs will carry iHeart’s new Black Information Network programming. The company already owns six stations in the market, including AC “Star 102” KDGE, hot AC “102.9 Now” KDMX, CHR “106.1 Kiss FM” KHKS, classic rock “Lone Star 92.5” KZPS, rock “97.1 The Eagle” KEGL, and “Talk Radio 1190” KFXR. Once the sale closes, Jack Mortenson will still own the gospel/religious daytimer KGGR (1040) in the Dallas market.
Washington & Oregon --Noemy Rodriguez’s Alcon Media has filed a $736,000 deal to buy regional Mexican “La Que Manda 100.1” KQFO, Pasco, WA from Alexandra Communications. The deal also includes the Kennewick, WA-licensed translator K295AV at 106.9 FM. The purchase price allocates $650,000 to KQFO and $86,000 to the translator. The deal includes $240,000 in cash and a $496,000 promissory note. Alcon Media will operate the stations under a local marketing agreement until closing. Once the sale closes, Alexandra Communications will still own KZIU-FM in the area.
In a separate but related deal, Rodriguez’s Alcon Media has also filed a $225,000 deal to buy regional Mexican “La Raza 99.5” KZLY in nearby Ione, OR from Tom Hodgins’ Xana Oregon. Alcon Media will also operate KZLY under a local marketing agreement until closing.
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL – DRC Broadcasting has filed a $550,000 deal to buy Spanish CHR “Ritmo” WQXM (1460) from Florida Broadcasting Media. The deal also includes the Bartow, FL-licensed translator at 99.9 FM. The purchase price includes a cash payment of $150,000; a $50,000 time brokerage agreement credit; assumption of debt totaling $103,850; and a promissory note of $246,150.
Miami – Beasley Media Group has filed a $362,500 deal to sell the currently-silent WHSR (980) to Sam Rogatinsky. The deal also includes the Boca Raton, FL-licensed translator W280DU at 103.9 FM. WHSR has been off the air after Beasley sold the land used by WHSR and sister WSBR (740). Earlier this year Rogatinsky entered the Orlando market with an $185,000 deal to buy WNDO (1520) from Salem Media Group. He also owns WTPA (1590) in the Tampa market and WPBR (1340) in the West Palm Beach, FL market. All three stations air the ethnic “Radio Nouvelle Lumiere” format targeting Florida’s growing Haitian community. Once the sale closes, Beasley will still own business talk WWNN (1470) in the Miami market. Broker: Eddie Esserman
Tyler-Longview, TX – La Promesa Foundation has filed a $125,000 deal to buy gospel KEES (1430) from Darrell Martin’s Salt of the Earth Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Longview, TX-licensed translator K243CU at 96.5 FM. Broker: John Saunders
Houston – Community Radio has filed a $90,000 deal to buy religious KQLC (90.7) from L.C. Orrick Outreach. Community Radio already owns “Christian Country Radio” KJIC (90.5) in the Houston market.
Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, NC – Richard Miller’s Twin Cities Broadcasting has filed an $85,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WWBG (1470) from TBLC Media. Miller is already the majority owner of classic hits “The Big 980” WTOB in the Greensboro-Winston market. Once the sale closes, TBLC Media will still own Spanish-language religious “Radio Adoracion” WSGH (1040) and the silent WWNT (1380) in the market. Brokers: Fowler Media Consulting, Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage
Oklahoma – William Wachter’s One Media has filed a $10,000 deal to buy classic hits KBZI, Mooreland, OK (106.1) from Robert Young. Wachter currently owns “Classic Hits 105.7” KRDR, Alva, OK which is simulcasting on KBZI.
Arizona – Educational Media Foundation files to swap contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate KLKI, Dolan Springs, AZ (91.9) to CSN International in exchange for religious KVIR, Bullhead City, AZ (89.9). No cash will change hands as part of the deal.
Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz, CA – California Ortiz & 2 Media has closed a $900,000 deal to buy regional Mexican “La Buena 103.5” KRAY-FM and regional Mexican “Radio Lobo 106.3” KMJV from Hector Villalobos’ Wolfhouse Radio Group. The deal also includes the Watsonville, CA-licensed translator K277AH at 103.3 FM which simulcasts KRAY-FM. California Ortiz & 2 Media is a partnership of Daisy Ortiz, Eduardo Leon and Vanessa Diaz. Ortiz is a two-decade veteran of Hispanic media, most recently working as a sales manager for Entravision’s Estrella Media in Los Angeles and as a sales manager for LBI Media in Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas. Leon is a former VP of Programming at LBI Media and founder of Radio Ideas, a Los Angeles-based consulting and marketing firm. Wolfhouse Radio Group still owns regional Mexican “Radio Tigre” KTGE (1570) in the market.
Long Island, NY – Eli Madrigal and Roberto Paredes’ Metro Mex USA has closed a $700,000 deal to buy ethnic “Radio Zindagi” WBWD (540) from the Principle Broadcasting Network. The deal includes a $450,000 promissory note.
Michigan – Good News Media has closed a $350,000 deal to buy WSRJ, Honor, MI (105.5) from Northern Broadcasting. The filing says $205,000 will be paid in cash while $145,00 will be paid in the form of a “gift receipt.” Good News Media already owns five noncommercial religious stations in northern Michigan. Northern Broadcasting sold off its other stations in the Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac, MI market for a combined $1,372,000. Since February WSRJ has relayed Interlochen Public Radio’s classical format after its WIAA (88.7) suffered an antenna failure. Broker: Greg Guy, Patrick Communications
Louisville – Word Broadcasting Network has closed a $310,000 deal to buy sports “The Big X” WXVW (1450) from Ryan Media. The deal also includes the Jeffersonville, IN-licensed translator W241CK at 96.1 FM. The deal includes a $210,000 promissory note.
South Bend, IN – Ignacio Zepeda’s I.B. Communications has closed a $101,750 deal to buy regional Mexican “La Raza” WHLY (1580) from Times Communications. I.B. Communications has been operating the station under a time brokerage agreement since 2013. It also owns regional Mexican “La Raza” WKAM, Goshen, IN (1460).
Portland, OR – Louis Risewick has closed a $50,000 deal to buy classic hits KBZY (1490) from the estate of owner Leroy Dittman, who died in February 2019. Risewick does not own any other stations.
Ohio – Mark Boyer’s Soaring Eagle Promotions has closed a $43,500 deal to buy adult alternative WHEI, Tiffin, OH (88.9) from Heidelberg University. Soaring Eagle Promotions already owns contemporary Christian “Shine FM” outlets WSOH, Zanesfield, OH (88.9) and WKEN, Kenton, OH (88.5). Heidelberg University has moved WHEI’s programming to an online-only station.
New Haven, CT – Clark Smidt has closed a deal to buy the currently-silent WATX (1220) from Quinnipiac University. Smidt will pay only the legal expenses to cover the transfer up to $3,000. He doesn’t own any other stations. Smidt is a radio consultant and Boston market radio veteran. Quinnipiac University stills own adult alternative WQAQ (98.1) in the New Haven market.
Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz, CA – Saul Levine’s Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters has closed a deal to donate the currently-silent KNRY (1240) to Hanford Youth Services. The transfer also includes the Monterey, CA-licensed translator K240EV at 95.9 FM. Levine still owns the silent KIDD (630) in the market. He earlier filed to donate both stations to The Balanced Radio Foundation but that deal never closed . Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters also owns two Los Angeles market stations.