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The five station cluster that Reier Broadcasting Company shut down in June 2018 will soon return to full-time operations under new ownership.

Cam Maxwell’s Desert Mountain Broadcasting has agreed to purchase the former Oldies 93.7 KOBB-FM Bozeman, Classic Rock 97.5 KOZB Livingston, Country 99.9 KBOZ-FM Bozeman, Talk 1090 KBOZ Bozeman, and Sports “ESPN 1230” KOBB Bozeman from receiver Richard Samson for $300,000. The stations have operated minimally since just to keep their licenses alive. The stations were involuntarily transferred to Samson for divestment in 2019 following Bill Reier’s death and a 2020 sale to Ted Austin’s SW Montana Media failed to close.

Desert Mountain Broadcasting was formed by Maxwell in 2019 when he purchased the Connoisseur Media cluster in Billings that he had led as General Manager since 2015. It first entered Bozeman with the purchase of 1490 KYWL/104.1 K281CX Bozeman from Chaparral Broadcasting for $50,000 last October and launched Rock “104.1 The Zone” in March.

An LMA to begin restoring the stations to operation began earlier this month.

Radio Insight (2021-08-19)