Multistate Deal -- Townsquare Media has filed an $18,709,500 all-cash deal to buy Cherry Creek Broadcasting. The deal includes 35 stations nine markets: Butte, MT; Great Falls, MT; Missoula, MT; Montrose, CO; Sierra Vista, AZ; St. George-Cedar City, UT; Tri-Cities, WA; Wenatchee, WA; and Williston, ND. In order to comply with FCC ownership limits, Townsquare will also place two Tri-Cities, WA stations -- regional Mexican “La Super 92.5” KZHR and CHR “97.5 Kiss FM” KOLW -- into a divestiture trust for sale.
Townsquare will also spin off six stations in Missoula, a mix of stations it already owns and stations it is pulling in from Cherry Creek. Anderson Broadcasting will buy CHR “New 106.7” KXDR, rhythmic CHR “107.5 Zoo FM” KENR, “Fox Sports Radio 1450” KYLT, and news-talk KLYQ (1240) in a deal valued at $150,000.
Townsquare will also sell buy adult hits “Max 98.7” KHKM to Legacy Broadcasting for $60,000. And Townsquare will donate modern rock “Alt 101.5” KAMM-FM to Missoula Community Radio. Because it will no longer be allowed to operate a low-power station, MCR will relinquish the license of variety KFGM-LP Missoula, (105.5) when the deal closes.
Townsquare has also filed to spin to the Allen Blum-led Tri-Cities Divestiture Trust regional Mexican “La Super 92.5” KZHR and CHR “97.5 Kiss-FM” KOLW in the Tri-Cities, WA market.
Townsquare is holding onto the intellectual property, logos, programming and trademarks for the divestitures. The deal will bring Townsquare Media to 356 stations in 74 markets. Broker: Kalil
Wichita, KS -- Steckline Communications has filed a $1.4 million deal to buy regional Mexican “La Raza 99.7” KHLT-FM from Alan Hsu and Hong Zhang. Steckline Communications will operate the station under a local marketing agreement until closing. It already owns “Sports Radio 1410” KGSO and “The Big Talker 1480” KQAM in the Wichita market.
Oklahoma City, OK -- In a pair of deals valued at $1,113,500, WPA Radio is exiting radio ownership. In the first deal, WPA Radio is also selling religious “Oklahoma Catholic Radio” KKNG (97.3) to Mark Whitten for $1 million. Whitten, who owns the Oklahoma City based Commercial Telecom Systems, does not own any other radio stations.
In the second deal, Tyler Broadcasting has filed a $113,500 deal to buy talk KTLR (890) from WPA Radio. Tyler Broadcasting already owns seven stations in the market, including country “93.3 Jake FM” KJKE, AC “Magic 104.1” KMGL, classic hits KOMA (92.5), sports “The Franchise 107.7” KRXO, regional Mexican “La Z 106.7” KTUZ, talk KOKC (1520), and sports “The Franchise 1560” KEBC.
Fayetteville, AR -- Pearson Broadcasting of Goshen has filed a $900,000 deal to buy sports KAKS (99.5) from Rox Radio Group. The deal also includes the Johnson, AR-licensed translator K237GR at 95.3 FM. Pearson Broadcasting will operate KAKS under a time brokerage agreement until closing. It already owns sports “ESPN Arkansas” KERX/KTTG/KBCN (95.3/96.3/104.3) in Northwest Arkansas. Once the sale closes, Rox Radio Group will still own country “Red Dirty 96.7” KXRD, classic hits KBVA (106.5), the currently-silent KFFK (1390), the silent KREB (1190) in the Fayetteville market.
Washington -- Walla Walla University has filed a $750,000 deal to buy Spanish CHR “Urbana 104.5” KXXP , White Salmon, WA from A. Wray Fitch’s Jackman Holding Company. Walla Walla University already owns contemporary Christian “Positive Life Radio’ KGTS, College Place, WA (91.3) and several translators. Jackman is currently negotiating to buy the Portland, OR-licensed translator K283BL at 104.5 FM and if it does strike that deal, it tells the FCC it is negotiating to relay programming from an HD channel of Way Media’s contemporary Christian KKWA (96.3). Broker: Jody McCoy
Utah -- Doug and Marianne Barton’s Sanpete County Broadcasting has filed a $170,000 deal to buy oldies “96.7 Utah’s Goat” KQMB, Levan, UT and adult hits “1400 K-Star” KSRR, Provo, UT from Frank Mueller. The deal also includes the Saratoga Springs, UT-licensed K244DH at 96.7 FM. Sanpete County Broadcasting already owns five stations in the area, including country “93.7 The Wolf” KKUT, classic hits “94.5 The Eagle” KLGL, classic rock “95.7 The Boss” KUTC, adult standards “Classy FM 99.1” KMGR, and “650 Country” KMTI.
Louisiana -- Holland Broadcasting has filed a $135,000 deal to buy AC “Mix 96.7” KWCL-FM, Oak Grove, LA from Irene Robinson. Holland Broadcasting does not own any other stations.
Connecticut -- Jonathan Wilcox and Gideon Fountain’s Greenwich E-Radio has filed a $25,000 deal to buy “News Talk 1490” WGCH, Greenwich, CT from Forte Family Broadcasting. Greenwich E-Radio will operate the station under a time brokerage agreement until closing.
Iowa -- In a deal that will make Iowa Public Radio independent, the public broadcaster has filed a one-dollar deal to buy all 17 of its stations from the University of Iowa. Under the terms of the deal, if IPR sells any of the stations in the next ten years, the proceeds would go to the University. It also agrees to support opportunities for students at the stations.
Pennsylvania -- Michael Radio Group has filed a $125,000 deal to buy the Williamsport, PA-licensed W271BP at 102.1 FM from Montrose Broadcasting. Vic Michael will use the signal to simulcast WMLP, Sunbury-Selinsgrove-Lewisburg, PA (1380) on the FM dial.
Maryland -- Colonia Radio Group of Williamsport has filed a $20,000 deal to buy the Wye Mills, MD-licensed translator W241AO at 96.1 FM from Hope Christian Church of Marlton. The signal will simulcast CHR WKHZ, Easton, MD (1460).
New York -- Black River Valley Gospel Radio has filed to donate two FM translators to Mars Hill Broadcasting. The deal includes the Lyons Falls, NY-licensed W213AR at 90.5 FM and the Lowville, NY-licensed W220BO at 91.9 FM. Both signals already carry its religious Mars Hill Network.
Dallas-Ft. Worth -- Jon Garrett has closed a $1.05 million deal to buy classic country KBEC (1390) from James and Ann Phillips. The deal also includes the Waxahachie, TX-licensed translator K256DE at 99.1 FM. Garrett does not own any other stations. Broker: Dave Manchee
Pennsylvania – North of Pittsburgh, Educational Media Foundation has closed a $192,000 deal to buy AC “Mix 96.3” WKQW and “1120 Fox Sports” WKQW in Oil City, PA from Robert Lowe’s Twilight Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Oil City, PA-licensed translator W281CA at 104.1 FM. The purchase allows EMF to fill in its coverage area with “K-Love” affiliates to the east – WJKB (105.1) in the Warren, PA area, and to the west – WLVX (107.1) in the Youngstown-Warren, OH-PA region. Twilight Broadcasting still owns stations in Reading, Philipsburg, and Smethport, PA.
Pennsylvania -- Radigan Broadcasting Group has closed a $110,000 deal to buy classic hits “95.3 The Bridge” WTTC-FM and “Golden Oldies 1550” WTTC in Towanda, PA from Cantroair Communications. The deal also includes the Towanda, PA-licensed translator W299CM at 107.7 FM that simulcasts WTTC. Dave Radigan already owns classic hits WATS (960) and AC WEBO (1330) in the region.
Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA -- Kristin Cantrell’s Seven Mountains Media has closed a $50,000 deal to buy classic country “Big Foot Legends” WARM (590) from Major Keystone. Seven Mountains Media already owns hot AC WSBG (93.5), classic country “Big Foot Legends 107.7” WLGD, and “Bigfoot Country” WVPO (840) in the Wilkes Barre-Scranton market. It also has a pending $450,000 deal to buy classic hits WHLM (930) and classic hits WBWX (1280) from Columbia Broadcasting. Under the terms of the deal, Seven Mounts will allow Keystone to lease the HD-3 side channel of AC WZWW, Bellefonte, PA (95.3) for the next five years in order to feed an FM translator.
Knoxville, TN -- Charles Lynn’s Radio Loudon has closed a $37,811 deal to buy classic country WLOD (1140) from Blount Broadcasting Corporation. The deal also includes the Loudon, TN-licensed translator W284DC at 104.7 FM. Blount Broadcasting will still air the format on WGAP (1400).