Deal Digest Antenna

STATION SALES

Indiana -- Kelly Trask’s Diamond Shores Broadcasting has filed a $337,000 deal to buy classic country WKLO, Hardinsburg, IN (96.9) from Hembree Communications. Diamond Shores has already operated WKLO under a time brokerage agreement since Jan. 1, 2021 and $50,000 in paid fees will be credited toward the purchase price. Diamond Shores Broadcasting already owns four other stations in the region, including country “92.1 Nash Icon” WXKU, AC “Mix 95.3” WUME, soft AC “The Buzz 1390” WZZB, and oldies WSEZ (1560). Once the sale closes, Larry Hembree will still own classic rock “94.5 The Razor” WRZR, Loogootee, IN and noncommercial classic hits “Jasper Public Radio” WJPR, Jasper, IN (91.7).

North Carolina -- Don Wendelken’s Icon Broadcasting has filed a $160,000 deal to buy country “99.3 The Bull” WQDK, Gatesville, NC from Joe W. Hartmann’s JWH Broadcasting. The sale comes less than a year after JWH Broadcasting bought WQDK for $185,000. Icon Broadcasting will operate the station under a time brokerage agreement until closing.

Hawaii -- On the island of Kauai, Educational Media Foundation has filed to acquire the construction permit for a new Class A station licensed to Hanapepe, HI at 90.7 FM from Community Service Broadcasting Foundation. No cash will change hands, but as part of the agreement EMF agrees to abandon its pending application to build a new Class A FM licensed to Lihune, HI at 88.1 FM in order for Community Service to go forward its competing application to build a Class A FM at 88.1 FM licensed to Anahola, HI.

CLOSINGS

Long Island, NY -- Family Stations has closed a $9 million deal to buy Spanish AC “Que Buena 92.7” WQBU from Univision Radio. Family Stations already owns WFRS (88.9) on Long Island’s east end and the addition of WQBU will give it coverage of the western end of the Nassau-Suffolk market as well as parts of Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx in the New York market. Family Stations also owns WFME (106.3) in Westchester County, NY. Family Stations will use the familiar WFME call letters on the station. It previously used the call letters on what is today classic hip-hop “94.7 The Block” WXBK before it sold the signal to for $40 million in 2013. Univision still own Tropical “X-96.3” WXNY and Spanish news/talk WADO (1280) in the New York metro. Broker: Kalil

Cedar Rapids, IA – Ecker Broadcasting has closed a $700,000 deal to buy classic hits KMRY (1450) from Sellers Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Cedar Rapids, IA-licensed translator K226BO at 93.1 FM. The deal includes a $585,000 promissory note. Jim Ecker is currently the Sports Director at KMRY and is the President and Editor of the MetroSportsReport.com, a website covering local sports. He previously spent 27 years as a sportswriter at The Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Burlington-Plattsburgh, VT-NY – Great Eastern Radio has closed a $99,999 deal to buy adult hits “The Penguin” WSNO (97.9) from Randy Michaels’ Radioactive. Great Eastern Radio already owns country “Froggy 104.3/100.9” WJKS/WWFY and classic rock “107.1 Frank FM” WWFK in the market.