San Jose -- Educational Media Foundation has filed a $3.138 million deal to buy “Hot Country” KRTY (95.3) from Empire Broadcasting. The deal includes FM boosters in Scotts Valley and New Almaden. It does not include KRTY’s intellectual property. The sale follows the 2020 death of longtime owner Bob Kieve, who first bought KRTY in 1992 for $3 million. Empire Broadcasting earlier sold sister KLIV (1590) to Pham Radio Communications. Educational Media Foundation currently owns contemporary Christian “K-Love” affiliate KJLV (97.7) in the San Jose market, along with several FM translators. It is expected to replace the country format on KRTY with religious programming.
Tucson, AZ -- Bustos Media has filed a $1.4 million deal to buy regional Mexican “La Poderosa” KZLZ (105.3) from Todd Robinson. The deal includes a $900,000 promissory note. KZLZ has been a Spanish station since 1993 and was one of the first affiliates of Bustos Media’s previous Z-Spanish Radio Network. Bustos Media will take over operations of KZLZ under a time brokerage agreement. It joins a Bustos cluster that already includes R&B oldies “106.3 The Groove” KTGV and news-talk “The Voice 1030 AM” KVOI as well as the HD/translator format “Urbana 92.5” that airs on the HD2 channel of KZLZ and the Tucson-licensed translator K223CI.
Dallas-Ft. Worth -- Charles Kim’s Pacific Star Media has filed a $450,000 deal to buy “Big D Talk” KBDT (1160) from Dan Patrick. Pacific Star Media does not own any other stations. Once the sale closes, Patrick will still own talk KSEV (700) in the Houston market. Patrick is the Lieutenant Governor of Texas.
Nebraska -- Michael and Kimberly Burge have filed a $374,626 deal to buy AC KVSH, Valentine, NE (940) from Dave and Deborah Otradovsky’s Heart City Radio Company. Michael and Kimberly Burge do not own any other stations.
Mississippi -- Matthew Wesolowski’s SSR Communications files a $30,000 deal to buy the construction permit for a new station at 101.5 FM licensed to New Albany, MS from Kennedy Broadcasting. SSR Communications already owns talk WYAB (103.9) in the Jackson, MS market. It plans to move the CP to Bruce, MS but it will still not overlap with WYAB.
Idaho -- Carl Watkins has filed to take control of the currently-silent KWIK, Pocatello, ID (1240) from Rich Mecham’s Rich Broadcasting. The transfer settles an outstanding legal judgement against Mecham who failed to pay the lease fees for his 2012 agreements for two Watkins-old FM translators.
Michigan -- Cano’s Broadcasting has filed a $100 deal to buy the Grand Rapids, MI-licensed translator W227CG at 93.3 FM from World Radio Link. Cano’s Broadcasting already uses the translator to simulcast regional Mexican “La Poderosa Radio” WMJH (810).
Texas -- Roberto Vasquez Jr. has filed to donate the Weslasco, TX-licensed translator K243BI at 96.5 FM to Christian Ministries of the Valley. The signal covers part of the McAllen-Brownsville, TX metro area. Christian Ministries of the Valley already simulcast Spanish religion “Radio Vida” KBIC, Raymondville, TX (105.7) on the translator.
Kansas – My Town Media has closed a $2,567,659 deal to buy the eight stations owned by Southwind Broadcasting. The deal includes country “Q-97” KKJQ, Garden City, KS; CHR “Z-98” KSKZ, Copeland, KS; rock KWKR, Leoti, KS (99.9); AC “Mix 94” KSKL, Scott City, KS; regional Mexican “Ke Buena 105.9” KSSA, Ingalls, KS; adult hits KHGN, Hugoton, KS (106.7); talk KBUF, Holcomb, KS (1030) and “Real Country 1420” KULY Ulysses, KS. Also included in the deal is the Holcomb, KS-licensed translator K296HO at 107.1 FM which simulcasts KBUF. And the Ulysses, KS-licensed translator K249FI at 97.7 FM. The stations were put into a receivership run by Ron Metzinger in March 2020 and My Town Media emerged as the high bigger during a court auction. It currently owns eleven stations in Kansas. Southwind Broadcasting bought the stations for $2.4 million deal in 2018.
Williamsport, PA – Montrose Broadcasting has closed a $475,000 deal to buy religious WJSA (96.3) from Covenant Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Williamsport, PA-licensed translator W263AG at 100.5 FM. Montrose Broadcasting owns five other full-power stations in Pennsylvania, but none overlaps with WJSA.
St. Louis – Zobrist Media has closed a $450,000 deal to buy sport “590 The Fan” KFNS from Markel Entertainment. Dave Zobrist is the station’s billing manger and events coordinator. He does not own any other stations.