Miami – Hope Media Group has filed a $1.1 million deal to by religious “Life FM 90.9” WLFE from Calvary Chapel of Kendall. Hope Media Group already owns contemporary Christian “Way FM” outlets WAYF, West Palm Beach, FL (88.1) and WAYJ Naples, FL (89.5), among other stations. Hope Media Group and Way Media merged earlier this year. Broker: Robert Branch
Wisconsin -- Sage Weil and Michael Crute’s Civic Media’s has filed a $700,000 deal to buy WXCE, Amery, WI (1260); WCBN, Hayward, WI (910); and “Thunder Country95.7” WDMO, Baldwin, WI from Mike Oberg’s Zoe Communications. The deal also includes the Amery, WI-licensed W297CU at 107.3 FM which simulcasts WXCE. All of the stations are currently off the air. WDMO is in the Minneapolis-St Paul rated market while WXCE and WCBN are not located in rated markets. The sale does not include the brand “The Cabin” which Zoe has used on classic hits WCBN. The format is now airing on the HD2 channel of “101.1 Muskee Country” WHSM, Hayward, WI. Civic Media will operate the stations under a time brokerage agreement until closing. It is the latest in a series of deals the company has struck in recent months in the state.
Arizona – Tom Troland’s Desert Explorer Communications has filed a $200,000 deal to buy country “97.7 The Cave” KAVV, Benson, AZ from Stereo 97 Inc. Desert Explorer also owns “Red Rock 103” KPGX, Navajo Mountain, UT and three FM translators in the region.
Oregon – Educational Media Foundation has filed a $95,000 deal to buy adult alternative “Jive Radio” KJYV, The Dalles, OR (101.5) from Openskyradio Corp. The sale does not include the call letters. Openskyradio also owns “Jive Radio’ KJIV-FM in the region. The acquisition allows EMF to upgrade contemporary Christian “K-Love” in the market where it already airs on The Dalles, OR-licensed translator K215CR at 90.9 FM. It also owns “Air1” affiliate KZRI (88.7) in the area. Broker: MCH Enterprises
Fort Myers-Naples, FL – Fort Myers Broadcasting Company has closed an $8 million deal to buy soft AC “Wave 101.1” WAVV from Alpine Broadcasting. The sale follows the death of longtime WAVV operator Norman Albert. Fort Myers Broadcasting already owns a radio-TV cluster in the market, including AC WINK-FM (96.9) and Spanish AC “Latino 97.7” WTLQ-FM, along with CBS affiliate WINK-TV. It also owns the Spanish tropical “Maxima” format that relays off of the HD2 channel of WINK-FM onto the Golden Gate, FL-licensed W239CL at 95.7 FM and the Pine Island Center, FL-licensed W247CR at 97.3 FM.
Washington -- Nicole and John Paul have closed a $2.2 million deal to buy “Cookin’ Country” KUKN, Longview, WA (105.5) and classic hits KLOG, Kelso, WA (1490) from Joel Hanson’s Washington Interstate Broadcasters. The deal also includes the Eufaula, WA-licensed translator K268BN at 101.5 FM which simulcasts KUKN. And the Kelso, WA-licensed K264CU at 100.7 FM which simulcast KLOG. The FCC filing says the full purchase price comes in the form of a promissory note. The closing brings an exit of Washington Interstate Broadcasters from radio ownership.
Gainesville-Ocala, FL -- William Johnson’s Urban One Broadcasting Network has closed a $225,000 deal to buy WMOP (900) and WGGG (1230) from Tony Bucher’s Hitmaker Music Group. The deal also includes the Gainesville, FL-licensed translator W221DX at 92.1 FM. The sale follows Urban One Broadcasting Network failed attempt to have Hitmaker Music Group’s 2020 deal to buy the two AMs reversed based on its allegations that it engaged in racial discrimination. Urban One Broadcasting alleged Hitmaker reneged on an agreement to sign a local marketing agreement with an option to buy the stations. The FCC rejected the petition in a March decision. WGGG has been airing Christmas music since the holiday season, while WMOP is currently silent. Urban One Broadcasting Network does not own any other stations.
North Carolina -- Norman and Teresa McCauley’s Mega Media has closed a $100,000 deal to buy classic country “Kix” WKOO, Rose Hill, NC (710) from Conner Media. The deal also includes the Rose Hill, NC-licensed translator K263DF at 100.5 FM. The deal includes a $57,307 promissory note. Mega Media has operated the station under a time brokerage agreement since July 2019 and TBA fees were applied against the purchase price, totaling $42,693.
Minnesota -- Father and son Dennis and Lucas Carpenter have closed a $3,000 deal to buy WZBY, Grand Portage, MN (92.7) from Samir Abumayyaleh’s Multi-Cultural Diversity Radio. WZBY is a construction permit for a new station.
New York – Family Life Ministries has closed a one dollar deal to buy the currently-silent WGWE, Little Valley, NY (105.9) from Paul Izard Communications. Izard turned in the license in April 2022 but has filed a petition of reconsideration of that decision requesting that the FCC reinstate the license in order to sell it to Family Life Ministries.