Joe Paulo’s KSBJ Educational Foundation continues to add to its portfolio of stations in the Houston metro area. Its latest deal is a $1.3 million purchase of AC “Shine All 9” KSHN (99.9) from Bill Buchanan’s Trinity River Valley Broadcasting. KSBJ Educational Foundation will operate the station under a local marketing agreement until closing.
The sale marks the end to KSHN’s “Shine All 9” AC format that “mixes music with things that matter.” The station has served as a local voice for Liberty County since 1977.
After Buchanan broke the news of the sale on his “Partyline” show, stunned listeners took to the station’s Facebook page to express their disappointment. “This hurts and almost makes me sick. I don’t know how else to express it,” said Mary Anne Campbell, director of the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, as reported by Bluebonnet News. “This station has been a more than huge part of this community for so very long and has served us well. I know change has to come, but I am selfish. I love each and every one of the staff and wish the best for them. We will survive, I guess.”
Buchanan, 78, was known for providing airtime to local causes and groups, allowing them to hold on-air fundraising auctions and to promote events. The owner-operator used a split signal to highlight both Dayton and Liberty football games simultaneously.
Licensed to Liberty, KSHN’s 26,000-watt Class C2 signal is now simulcasting KSBJ (89.3), extending the Houston contemporary Christian station’s coverage west into the Beaumont market.
The KSBJ Foundation also owns Christian CHR “NGEN Radio” KXNG/KYBJ (91.7/91.1) in the Houston market. It has a pending deal to buy classic hits “92.3 The Eagle” KETX-FM from Telcom Supply.