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Saturday, August 24, 2019

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In New Twist On Sports Radio, iHeart Bets On ‘The Gambler.’

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One of the country’s most sports-crazed cities is getting a third sports talk station – with a unique twist that plays off the region’s embrace of legalized sports betting. Placing a bet on the City of Brotherly Love, iHeartMedia launches “Fox Sports Radio – The Gambler” on WDAS (1440) and the Philadelphia-licensed translator W273DO at 102.5.

The station features a combo of Fox Sports Radio programming along with sports betting programs, including the local “The Daily Ticket with Sean Brace,” which will anchor afternoons from 3-7pm. Fox Sports Radio’s “Straight Outta Vegas with RJ Bell” will follow from 6-7pm.

Brace, owner of phillyinfluencer.com, a well-known local sports website, will be at the forefront of “The Gambler” when it debuts with his program Monday, Aug. 26 at 3pm.

“Whether you’re heading to Atlantic City or one of our four local sports books, we’ll have what you need to keep you informed,” Senior VP of Sales Jeff Moore, said in a release. “It’ll be a great mix of national sports talk icons with the local edge to inform and entertain the gambling audience in a groundbreaking way.”

iHeartMedia’s entrance into the market’s sports talk landscape has the unique spin of capitalizing on legalized sports betting in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware and Philadelphia’s rabid sports fan base, whose sports talk options include Entercom’s WIP-FM (94.1) and Beasley Media Group’s WPEN (97.5). WIP-FM is the sports radio market leader, currently ranked fourth in the July 2019 PPMs with a 5.9. Beasley’s “97.5 The Fanatic” posted a 2.3.

In addition to the AM and FM signals for “The Gambler,” listeners can also pick up the station on the HD2 channel of WDAS-FM (105.3) and on the iHeart streaming app.

WDAS was previously airing “Breakthrough Radio,” a joint effort between iHeartMedia and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that launched in October 2017.

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Bubba Finds New Radio Home On JVC Media’s ‘Florida Man Radio.’

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Bubba the Love Sponge will be back on the air in Florida as JVC Media plans to launch “Florida Man Radio” on WDYZ Orlando (660) and its corresponding translator, the Oviedo, FL-licensed W288CJ at 105.5.

JVC Media is in the process of buying the station and translator from Salem Media Group and is aiming for an early September launch of the station, which will also include Shannon Burke in afternoons. Burke, a former Bubba show member, was most recently at the now defunct “Talk 106.7” WYAY Atlanta. “Florida Man Radio” will also include radio veteran Scott Ledger in middays and attorney Justin Clark from 6-7pm.

“This will be a personality-driven talk station focused on Central Florida,” Director of Programming Len Shackelford said in a release. “There will be no topics off limits, including topics specifically about our on-air staff. Think sports, politics, pop culture... if you talk about it in your life or on social media, Florida Man Radio 660 AM and 105.5 FM will talk about it.”

JVC CEO John Caracciolo added, “The vision of a locally based talk station that isn’t afraid to confront the big topics while not taking it too seriously, screams the mantra of JVC. We aren’t afraid to buck the norms – keeping live and local radio working for our clients and listeners, providing great results for clients, and continuing to invest in great programming. I’m thrilled for the future of our stations across the country.”

Bubba the Love Sponge, once the king of Tampa radio, now counts more lawsuits than affiliates. He lost his sole Tampa station in May, Genesis Communications “1040 The Team” WHBO. The Tampa Bay Times reported at the time that his studio and racetrack are under foreclosure proceedings.

Responding to the Times story, and the comments that accompanied it, Bubba posted, “Yes, I've made plenty of mistakes, most of which I'm paying for dearly. I will not give up. I will not quit. I will walk into whatever I have left for a studio and do a show that is better than anything that's currently available in most places.”

His lawsuits included a ratings tampering case, brought by Nielsen, which was settled in July 2018, and lawsuits Bubba filed against his one-time employer Cox Media Group and former show member Mike Calta, who wound up replacing Bubba at CMG’s “102.5 The Bone” WHPT. Bubba was also involved in the highly publicized Hulk Hogan sex tape controversy that ultimately shuttered Gawker.com.

Bubba the Love Sponge also airs in mornings on “98 Rock” WYBB Charleston.

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All-Female ‘The Gray And Green Show’ To Debut On WHTS Grand Rapids.

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Cumulus Media CHR “105.3 Hot FM” WHTS Grand Rapids debuts a new all-female morning program, “The Gray and Green Show,” with Rachael Gray and Jackie Green. The new show will launch Monday, Aug. 26, with Green moving from afternoons to join Gray for wakeups. Ken Evans was previously paired with Gray in mornings.

“The Gray and Green Show” is being marketed as the only morning radio show in West Michigan presented by two female hosts. “We are so excited to present this one-of-a-kind show to the West Michigan audience,” OM/PD Lori Bennett said in a release. “Rachael and Jackie are two of the most dynamic personalities I’ve ever worked with and their emotional connection as part of the West Michigan community is unmatched. Sure, they’re about ‘girl power,’ but actually, it’s ‘people power.’”

Gray, who has been heard in mornings at “105.3 Hot FM” for the past seven years, added, “I have never been more thrilled in my entire career. It’s an exciting time for our industry, and I feel beyond grateful that I get to sit ‘across the board’ from one of my closest friends, who also happens to be an amazing woman.”

Green, who started her radio career at Townsquare Media crosstown rock WGRD-FM (97.9), previously hosted “On the Scene with Jackie Green” on the local Fox TV affiliate. She returned to radio in 2016, hosting afternoons at “105.3 Hot FM.”

“Since I began in radio, my dream was to be part of a morning show,” Green remarked. “I’m so happy to make the move to work with Rachael, who’s not only an incredible talent but a great friend.”

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Neal Boortz ‘Fully Retired” After Filing Last Commentary On WSB.

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Neal Boortz, who retired from his daily syndicated talk show in 2013, and has been doing daily commentaries on Cox Media Group’s WSB-WSBB-FM Atlanta (750/95.5), filed his final audio segment Friday, Aug. 23.

Boortz opened the piece by recalling his move from being a full-time lawyer to talk show host back in the early 90s, which he says was made to decrease the stress level he was experiencing at the time. “Well, it’s back in spades,” he said in “The Last Commentary.” “I cannot believe what is happening to this country,” he continued. “I can’t watch the news anymore.”

Blaming what he described as “America headed toward a disaster” due to children “knowing more about LGBTQ history than they know about the history of the United States,” Boortz said he decided to hang up the headphones for good.

“I’m going to just enjoy my friends, my family and my travels while the rest of you see if you can pull this country back from the brink,” he said. “I want to be fully retired because I don’t want to pay that much attention to the news… because the news is so depressing and I don’t want to be depressed.” Boortz thanked listeners “for a great career at WSB and for six years at these commentaries.” Listen to his last WSB commentary HERE.

His earlier radio program was on the air on WSB beginning in 1993, with syndication starting in 1999. He stepped down from the program in January 2013 with 200 affiliates and an estimated weekly audience of six million.

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ESPN Launches New Flagship College Football Podcast.

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ESPN debuts “ESPN College Football Podcast- Herbie & Pollack,” a new flagship college football podcast. The program features lead analysts Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack and is hosted by SportsCenter’s Kevin Negandhi.

The new podcast debuted Friday, Aug. 23 and will publish three times a week through the collegiate football season. Negandhi will be joined by Herbstreit on Mondays, while Pollack will co-host Wednesdays and Fridays.

The series will feature many of ESPN’s well-known college football personalities, with weekly segments devoted to the CFP Rankings, the ESPN CFB 150 Initiative – which celebrates the 150th anniversary of college football – along with predictions and analysis of upcoming games.

The new podcast joins “CFB 150: Down & Distance,” hosted by Ivan Maisel and an audio version of the “Packer and Durham” morning show that airs on the ACC Network as new entries into ESPN’s new podcast lineup. ESPN’s weekday “College Football Live” is also now available as a podcast.

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Following Devastating Fires, ‘Radio Malibu’ Now Running On Solar Power.

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“Radio Malibu” KBUU-LP (99.1) is now operating using solar power, the first phase of the station setting up emergency communications for Malibu High School and Malibu City Hall.

During the Woolsey Fire that devastated the area in November, “Radio Malibu” broadcast information for the local community until it was knocked off the air when power lines were lost in the wildfire.

The installation of solar panels comes courtesy of a grant from the Malibu Foundation and relieves the station of counting on gas-powered generators in case of another power outage.

“We’ve burned about 3,200 gallons of gas to stay on the air since Nov. 16,” General Manager Hans Laetz told The Malibu Times. “Nothing will be better than getting off the grid and going solar.”

Now that the station can rely on solar panels, the next phase of keeping the community connected during times of emergency is the installation of a new microwave data link from Santa Monica High School to Malibu High School (MHS).

“MHS, like the rest of Malibu, is vulnerable to loss of phones and internet when Southern California Edison turns off the power in Santa Anas,” Laetz continued. “Radio Malibu” will provide a microwave relay site at their transmitter, which sits 825 feet above sea level. “We hope to have a 100mbs signal pathway set up between MHS and Santa Monica High in 30 days—powered with solar panels and batteries,” he said. “Santa Monica High School will connect that to the outside internet.”

Plans are in motion to extend the microwave data link to Malibu City Hall, which will give the city emergency services access to the internet during power outages, such as last fall’s wildfires. “It’s critical that City Hall has a solar/battery connection to the outside world in case a blackout or downed power pole takes out their internet and internet-based phone system,” Laetz said. The connection will also be provided to Malibu’s elementary schools.

KBUU is also planning to install boosters to extend the signal reach of the low power station to eastern Malibu and the far western parts of the city.

“The Malibu Foundation is underwriting the substantial construction projects and paying for the contract engineers and electricians, plus our legal fees at the FCC,” Laetz continued. “They’re supporting ways to harden the entire fire-ravaged area—not just Malibu—against the effects of global warming.”

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News Bites: KXTG, KDKA, Westwood One, WGAN.

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News Bites for August 23...

...Alpha Media sports “The Game” KXTG Portland (750) is dropping its FM simulcast on the Gresham, OR-licensed translator K275CH at 102.9. Speculation has Alpha placing rhythmic CHR programming currently on KWEE as “We 96.3” on the 102.9 translator signal with the imminent sale of KWEE to Way Media. Alpha currently operates KWEE under a local marketing agreement with 3 Horizons Media.

...Lineup tweaks at Entercom “NewsRadio 1020” KDKA Pittsburgh, effective Sept. 3: Larry Richert and John Shumway move from 6-10am to 5-9am; Marty Griffin transfers from afternoons with Wendy Bell to 9am-12pm solo; Lynne Hayes-Freeland shifts from 10am-2pm to 12-3pm; Bell continues in PM drive (3-6pm) solo. Evenings will have Robert Mangino 6-7pm and 8-10pm Wednesday through Friday. Rob Pratte will handle Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6-10pm.

...Westwood One announces additional Labor Day Weekend radio specials. Singer/actress Sabrina Carpenter will host “Last Big Weekend of Summer,” playing pop hits of the summer with a look forward to fall concerts, movies and events. The four-hour CHR special is available to air from Saturday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept 2. The “Last Official Weekend of Summer” rock special is hosted by Brandon Boyd of Incubus, who will look back at the biggest summer festivals and ahead to concerts this fall. The special is also available to air over Labor Day Weekend. Westwood One previously announced its “Workin’ Hard Country” hosted by Dierks Bentley for country stations.

...Saga Communications news/talk WGAN Portland, ME (560) is simulcasting on the Portland-licensed translator W253DA at 98.5. The station had been airing on the Portland-licensed translator W288CU at 105.5. A new format is expected to debut on the 98.5 signal in the near future.

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Tune-In Time: Commuters Spend 8.8B Hours A Year Stuck In Traffic.

The good news: There’s plenty of time for commuters to tune in to AM/FM radio during the morning commute. Less good: That’s because traffic congestion continues to clog the nation’s highways. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute links an improvement in the economy to the worsening gridlock, with the average auto commuter in 2017 adding about 12 minutes per day to their time stuck in traffic.

Average commute times have increased to nearly 27 minutes one way from about 24 minutes in 2001, according to a story in The Wall Street Journal, quoting U.S. Census data. For those who drive to work, the average commute was almost 26 minutes in 2017, up from about 23 in 2001.

That additional 12 minutes a day equates to a grueling 54 hours a year—roughly the time it would take to binge-watch five seasons of a TV show, the Journal says. The study finds that in most cities, more Americans at work means more cars on the road at peak times. “The economy-congestion linkage is as dependable as gravity,” the Texas A&M report says.

Nationwide, congestion rose steadily from the 1980s through the middle of the last decade, before stalling briefly during the recession, according to the data. Since 2009, it has grown by 26%, as measured by the number of hours commuters are delayed by traffic. That is equivalent to roughly an extra hour every year.

Increasingly, commuters are also sharing the road with trucks moving goods to satisfy the increased consumer demand, said Bill Eisele, senior research engineer at the institute. “If we eat anything or buy anything, that’s going to take a truck to get it to you,” he said.

The top 10 metros with the most egregious congestion in 2017, measured in minutes the average commuter spends in traffic per day, are: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, New York, San Jose, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Houston and Chicago. In fact, drivers in Los Angeles spent 119 hours a year in traffic in 2017, almost half an hour every workday, on average. And drivers in Fresno, CA., spent 40 hours in traffic in 2017, up 67% since 2009, the fastest growth rate since the recession. Those in Bakersfield, Calif., saw their annual traffic time grow by 60% to 24 hours on average.

Congestion nationwide consumes a total of 8.8 billion hours a year, the report found, and wastes 3.3 billion gallons of fuel. Combined, that costs the economy $166 billion a year, according to the report.

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Bonneville-Seattle Appoints Four Directors In Organizational Restructure.

Bonneville has made a sweeping restructure of its three-station Seattle cluster, with a slew of new organizational appointments intended, in part, to grow its digital business. Effective Monday, Aug. 26, the company has appointed four new directors while giving expanded responsibilities to a trio of managers.

  • Mike Salk moves from Program Director of sports “710 ESPN” KIRO to Director of Programming, overseeing news/talk KIRO-FM (97.3) and talk “AM 770” KTTH in addition to the sports station.
  • Tina Sorensen advances from Sales Manager of KIRO-FM and KTTH to Director of Digital, managing both content and revenue for the cluster’s digital properties, which include the MyNorthwest web portal.
  • Cathy Cangiano expands from “710 ESPN” Sales Manager to Director of Sales for all three stations, plus Seattle Mariners Radio. “710 ESPN” is the Mariners network flagship.
  • Alison Lichtbach upgrades from Controller to Director of Finance, managing the Business and Operations Departments.

Marin Brustuen continues to serve as the fifth director in her Human Resources Business Partner role.

Calling the five directors “proven leaders,” VP/Market Manager Dave Pridemore says they’re ready for their new assignments. “They are innovative and prepared to provide guidance as we look to the future of our dynamic and far reaching audio and digital products,” Pridemore said in a news release. “This new structure ensures our success in 2020 and beyond and elevates our daily focus on our digital business which is imperative, as Bonneville Seattle is well positioned in this space to generate significant audience growth and to deliver solid ROI to our clients.”

In addition, Bonneville has given expanded responsibilities to three of the cluster’s managers:

  • Bryan Buckalew as the Program Director of KIRO-FM
  • Colleen O’Brien as the Managing Editor of KIRO-FM, leading its news department
  • Ethan Kelly as Sales Manager for KIRO-FM and KTTH

As part of the restructure, the company has eliminated the position of Director of News and Programming at KIRO-FM.

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Former Pandora Investors Accuse SiriusXM Of ‘Below-Board Tactics.’

During SiriusXM’s first-quarter 2019 earnings call in April, CEO Jim Meyer called its integration with Pandora Media “one of the funnest puzzles we’ve worked on,” adding that the potential synergies between the companies have created a platform that he believes will allow the company to dominate audio listening.

It appears some former Pandora investors disagree; they have filed a lawsuit alleging that the buyout is “invalid and void.” The suit alleges that SiriusXM’s $3.5 billion buyout of Pandora, which closed Feb. 1, 2019 was “invalid and void” because of earlier agreements made between the two companies, as well as “below-board tactics” used by Sirius XM-backed Pandora board members.

After buying into Pandora in 2017, SiriusXM execs voiced an interest in purchasing the company outright. Pandora shareholders then voted to accept the $3.5 billion offer submitted by SiriusXM. The lawsuit claims that SiriusXM violated the terms of the 2017 deal, Digital Music News reports, which required SiriusXM to wait one year before purchasing a larger portion of Pandora. While the actual buyout came after the one-year mark, the investors’ lawyers say that the planning itself came within the prohibited window, and therefore violated the agreement. According to court papers sited in multiple news reports, the legal argument’s basis is rooted in a Delaware law that imposes a three-year delay on buyouts from individuals and companies that own 15% or more of businesses.

In addition, lawyers representing the unhappy investors allege that SiriusXM used board seats it gained from the 2017 investment to pressure stockholders and Pandora execs into accepting an underwhelming deal. In fact, this is not the first lawsuit cast by Pandora investors—nor are lawsuits from former investors of companies swallowed by larger entities particularly uncommon. In November, as Bloomberg reported, that very issue drew the legal ire of investor Jonathan Raul, who said the deal is unfair to the company’s shareholders because it forces them to give up their Pandora stock at a price—$10.05 per share—that doesn’t account for the company’s “positive financial trend” and its prospect for future growth.

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Former Pandora Investors Accuse SiriusXM Of ‘Below-Board Tactics.’

During SiriusXM’s first-quarter 2019 earnings call in April, CEO Jim Meyer called its integration with Pandora Media “one of the funnest puzzles we’ve worked on,” adding that the potential synergies between the companies have created a platform that he believes will allow the company to dominate audio listening.

It appears some former Pandora investors disagree; they have filed a lawsuit alleging that the buyout is “invalid and void.” The suit alleges that SiriusXM’s $3.5 billion buyout of Pandora, which closed Feb. 1, 2019 was “invalid and void” because of earlier agreements made between the two companies, as well as “below-board tactics” used by Sirius XM-backed Pandora board members.

After buying into Pandora in 2017, SiriusXM execs voiced an interest in purchasing the company outright. Pandora shareholders then voted to accept the $3.5 billion offer submitted by SiriusXM. The lawsuit claims that SiriusXM violated the terms of the 2017 deal, Digital Music News reports, which required SiriusXM to wait one year before purchasing a larger portion of Pandora. While the actual buyout came after the one-year mark, the investors’ lawyers say that the planning itself came within the prohibited window, and therefore violated the agreement. According to court papers sited in multiple news reports, the legal argument’s basis is rooted in a Delaware law that imposes a three-year delay on buyouts from individuals and companies that own 15% or more of businesses.

In addition, lawyers representing the unhappy investors allege that SiriusXM used board seats it gained from the 2017 investment to pressure stockholders and Pandora execs into accepting an underwhelming deal. In fact, this is not the first lawsuit cast by Pandora investors—nor are lawsuits from former investors of companies swallowed by larger entities particularly uncommon. In November, as Bloomberg reported, that very issue drew the legal ire of investor Jonathan Raul, who said the deal is unfair to the company’s shareholders because it forces them to give up their Pandora stock at a price—$10.05 per share—that doesn’t account for the company’s “positive financial trend” and its prospect for future growth.

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Deal Digest

Deal Digest – August 22, 2019

SALES – STATIONS

Multistate Deal – Immaculate Heart Media files an $8,731,125 deal to buy nine full-power stations and four FM translators from Salem Media Group. The deal includes Spanish religious “Radio Luz 1440” KTNO, Dallas; business news “Business 1110” KTEK, Houston; business news “Biz 1190” WAFS, Atlanta; business news “Money Talk 1690” KDMT, Denver; talk “Freedom 1160” KRDY, San Antonio; Spanish religious “Radio Luz 1150” WWDJ, Boston; talk “1380 The Answer” KXFN and gospel “Praise 1260” WSDZ in St. Louis; and religious “1220 The Word” WHKZ, Youngstown-Warren, OH. The deal also includes four FM translators including the Houston, TX-licensed K241CM at 96.1 FM; St. Louis, MO-licensed K236CS at 95.1 FM; the St. Louis, MO-licensed K287BY at 105.3 FM; and the Youngstown, OH-licensed W298CX at 107.5 FM. Once the sale closes Salem will continue to own stations in each of the markets. Immaculate Heart Media previously acquire Salem stations in Washington, Miami and Tampa. Combined, the series of deals brings the total number of stations changing hands between the two broadcasters to 14 AM stations and seven FM translators, for a combined total of $17.7 million. With its latest additions Immaculate Heart Media’s “Relevant Radio” network will be heard in all top ten markets, and 22 of the top 25 markets. Broker: Jorgenson Broadcast Brokerage

Kansas City – The University of Missouri files a $2 million deal to buy the currently-silent KWJC (91.9) from William Jewel College. The University of Missouri already owns news-talk/classical KCUR-FM (89.3) in the Kansas City market and the second FM will allow it to split its music and talk programming onto dedicated signals. Broker: Guest Technology

Pennsylvania – Seven Mountains Media files a $1.1 million deal to buy hot AC WSBG (93.5) and sports “ESPN 840” WVPO in Stroudsburg, PA from Connoisseur Media. The deal also includes the Stroudsburg, PA-licensed translator W276DG at 103.1 FM. Seven Mountains Media owns a number of other stations in Pennsylvania but none overlap with the latest additions. Connoisseur Media previously spun its stations in the nearby Allentown-Bethlehem, PA market to Cumulus Media as part of a cash-free swap.

Las Vegas – Educational Media Foundation files a $597,000 deal to buy KEKL (88.5) and KVKL (91.1) from Carl Auel. EMF had already been operating the two FMs under a local marketing agreement and they air its contemporary Christian “K-Love” network. EMF already owns contemporary Christian “Air1” affiliate KAER (89.3) in Las Vegas. Once the sale closes Auel will still own religious KKVV (1060) in the market. Broker: Rob Branch

Utah – David Barton files a $200,000 deal to buy classic country KNEU, Roosevelt, UT (1250) from Evans Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Roosevelt, UT-licensed translator K228FR at 93.5 FM. After the sale closes Joseph and Teddie Evans will still own adult hits “92.5 Jack FM” KCUA, Maeser, UT and AC “98.5 The Fox” KIFX, Naples, UT.

North Carolina – Jeffrey Jones and Glasgow Hicks’ Audiotraxx Media Partners files a $75,000 deal to buy AC “Lite Rock” WTXY, Whiteville, NC (1540) from Robert Kendall. The deal also includes the Whiteville, NC-licensed translator W280FO at 103.9 FM that gives 1,000-watt daytime-only WTXY a 24-hour signal. Audiotraxx Media Partners will operate the stations under a time brokerage agreement until closing.

Florida – Christian Radio Fellowship files 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. Once the sale closes Cornerstone Broadcasting will still own three stations in the Daytona Beach, FL market. Broker: Fowler Media Consulting

SALES – TRANSLATORS

Utah – Tri-Star Media files a $10,000 deal to buy the Greenville, UT-licensed translator K261EN at 100.1 FM in a bankruptcy court sale related to the chapter 7 liquidation of Community Translator Network. The filing says the translator will continue to simulcast Sanpete County Broadcasting’s talk/sports KMXD, Monroe, UT (100.5).

South Carolina – Edgewater Broadcasting files to donate three FM translators to fellow religious broadcaster Radio By Grace. The deal includes the Charleston, SC-licensed W285DV at 104.9 FM; the Charleston, SC-licensed at 105.1 FM; and the Aiken, SC-licensed at 104.9 FM.

CLOSINGS

Columbus, OH – Tegna has closed on its previously announced $535 million acquisition of Dispatch Broadcast Group radio and TV properties in Ohio, including sports “The Fan” WBNS-FM and sports sister “1460 ESPN” WBNS Columbus. Tegna doubles its radio portfolio with the pickup of the Columbus stations, after gaining KFMB-AM/FM (700/100.7) San Diego in 2018.

Victor Valley, CA – Entercom has closed a $1 million deal to sell classic hits “The Route 103.1” KVFG and “CBS Sports Radio 910” KMPS to El Dorado Broadcasters. Under terms of the contract, within 60 days of closing, El Dorado will list the KMPS tower site for sale. If the proceeds of the sale occurs within two years and total more than $500,000, the money will be split evenly between Entercom and El Dorado. If not, El Dorado will keep all of the profit from the land sale. El Dorado already four stations in the Victor Valley market, including hot AC “Y-102” KZXY-FM, classic rock “106.5 The Fox” KIXA, “Kat Country 100.7” KATJ-FM, and “Talk 960” KIXW. That means the Entercom additions fill out its cluster under current FCC limits.

Alabama – Jeff Kierce’s JDK Broadcasting closes a $150,000 deal to buy the currently silent WYDK (97.9) and WULA (1240) in Eufaula, AL from Sound Ideas. It also includes the Eufaula, AL-licensed translator W243EJ at 96.5 FM. The stations have been off the air since August 2018 because of an issue with their power source. JDK Broadcasting also owns “92.7 Buckaroo Country” KWNA-FM Winnemucca, NV (92.7).

Oklahoma – Blue Sky Media closes a $136,000 deal to buy “Classic Hits 1430” KALV, Alva, OK from MM & K of Alva. Blue Sky Media already owns hot AC “Pulse 105.7” KRDR in Alva.

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