Major Keystone acquires four Pennsylvania stations from Cumulus. and will pay $179,500 for 590 WARM Scranton, 1240 WIOV/98.5 W253CK Reading, 1320 WTKZ Allentown, and 1440 WGLD/107.1 W296EA Manchester Township/York PA.
All four stations currently air Sports programming with WARM, WGLD and WIOV running CBS Sports Radio network programming and WTKZ simulcasting “Fox Sports Lehigh Valley” 1230 WEEX Easton/94.7 W234AX Allentown.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2021-09-24)
St. Barnabas Broadcasting, which entered the radio industry with the purchase of Conservative Talk 1320 WJAS/99.1 W256DE Pittsburgh last year, is acquiring two more stations in Western Pennsylvania.
St. Barnabas Broadcasting will acquire Conservative Talk simulcast “Beaver County Radio” 1230 WBVP/99.3 W257EA Beaver Falls and 1460 WMBA Ambridge (with CP for 95.7 W239CR Beaver Falls) from Mark Peterson’s Sound Ideas Media for $2.33 million. Both stations serve the northwest suburbs of Pittsburgh.
A subsidiary of non-profit nursing home operator St. Barnabas Health System, the buyer intends to retain the programming of the station and all of its employees including Peterson.
NIA Broadcasting has agreed to sell 1470 WMGG Egypt Lake/101.9 W270DU Tampa to Daniel de la Rosa’s DRC Broadcasting for $600,000.
DRC began operating the station via Time Brokerage Agreement on August 31 flipping the station to Spanish Tropical “Ritmo 101.9“. WMGG had been simulcasting NIA’s Regional Mexican “Caliente 96.1” WTMP-FM Dade City.
The deal includes a five year Time Brokerage Agreement with a nonrefundable $250,000 upfront payment that will go towards the purchase price. DRC will also pay $1000 per month to lease the transmitter site for five years.
The buyers owns similarly formatted “Ritmo 99.9” 1460 WQXM/99.9 W260DA Bartow/Lakeland FL.
WBAA 920 AM IN sold to WFYI.
Have no actual data but heard a snippet on the news that WBAA has been sold. The first and oldest radio station licensed in Indiana. Was owned by Purdue University and had been an early NPR affiliate. Have no details but evidently Purdue wanted out of the business after all these years and the station has been taken over by WFYI, a PBS TV station and NPR radio station located in Indianapolis.
Have no idea if the studios will be moved elsewhere or not but some employees have been let go though it was stressed that most of the programs on the station now would continue to be available. As I said, it was just a snippet on the news. It was affectionately known as “the sheep station” both because of being owned by Purdue and the call letters. Don’t know if the call letters will change or not. Several years ago a group known as Friends of WBAA started up a HD version of the transmissions possibly on FM but I don’t have any HD radios so never checked it out. Have no idea if this is included in the sale or not.
John Carver, Mid-North Indiana to WOR iog (2021-07-19)
1400 WINC gets new operator & calls.
Following the closing of the sale of Hot AC “WINC 105” 105.5 WINC-FM Berryville/104.9 WZFC Strasburg VA to Metro Radio LLC, Centennial Broadcasting has found a new operator for Conservative Talk 1400 WINC Winchester VA.
Todd Bartley’s Colonial Radio Group has begun operating WINC via LMA ahead of a $25,000 sale. The station is now operating under the WZFC call letters as Metro Radio gained exclusive rights to WINC in the purchase of the FMs. To facilitate the call letter change, 104.9 WZFC is now WKDV-FM.
Public broadcasting welcomed another station into its fold when Purdue University agreed to have its student station operated by a nonprofit media company.
On July 1 Purdue announced that it signed a letter of intent to enter an agreement for WBAA radio [920 kHz] to be acquired by Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Media (MIPM). The nonprofit currently operates WFYI (TV) public broadcasting in central Indiana. The goal, Purdue said in a statement, is to enhance WBAA’s public service while preserving WBAA’s local heritage.
It’s a station with a storied history. WBAA(AM) is Indiana’s longest continuously operating radio station after receiving its broadcast license in1922 followed by WBAA(FM) in 1993. The AM station was one of several that went on the air by land-grant schools in the early days of radio.
Under the agreement, WBAA will maintain its call letters, its physical presence in greater Lafayette, as well as the mainstay of programming including local news and reporting, NPR and global news and classical music.
Salem Media Group has agreed to purchase 1300 KKOL Seattle from Tron Din Doh’s Intelli LLC for $500,000.
The deal marks a reacquisition of the station, which Salem had traded to Intelli in 2018 for what is now Conservative Talk “860 The Answer” KPAM Troutdale/Portland OR. Salem began reoperating KKOL via Time Brokerage Agreement on June 7. It becomes the fourth station in Salem’s Seattle cluster joining Christian Preaching “820 The Word” KGNW Burien-Seattle, Conservative Talk “1590 The Answer” KLFE Seattle and Regional Mexican “La Patrona 1680” KNTS Seattle.
KKOL has been operating mostly under STA since acquired by Intelli. The station began Program Testing Authority in 2019 triplexed with Salem’s 1590 KLFE and 1680 KNTS, but it is currently operating with its 3.2kW nighttime power all day due to interference being caused by its licensed 50kW daytime operation.
Adrián Pontes has begun operating Multicultural Broadcasting’s 1210 WNMA Miami Springs FL launching Spanish Christian “Oasis 1210“.
Currently running jockless, the station will begin staffed programming on July 1 including Pontes’ afternoon show that previously aired in the market on “Almavision Miami” 87.7 WEYS-LP.
WNMA most recently was leased out to former Salem Media Miami Market Manager Tony Calatayud as Sports/Hot Talk “1210 The Man“. Some of that station’s programming has continued to operate online only.
WJEH Surrenders License Rather Than Proceed With Revocation Hearing.
Vandalia Media Partners 2 has surrendered the license of 990 WJEH Gallipolis OH.
The FCC has held an initial status conference on April 28 for WJEH’s license renewal hearing brought on by WJEH being silent or operating via STA for all but 28 days since Vandalia took control of the station in December 2019. A sale of WJEH to Zack Media South for $4,000 had been pending.
Renewal of nationwide licences at a nominal amount.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-april-2021 of 11 May 2021:
„Ofcom has set the financial terms for the renewal of each of the three Independent National Radio licences at a nominal cash bid of £10,000 per annum with a 0% PQR (percentage of qualifying revenue).
Classic FM and Absolute Radio [main frequency 1215 kHz] have accepted these terms, and their licences have been renewed for a further ten-year period commencing 1 May 2021. talkSPORT [main frequencies 1053/1089 kHz]has until 31 December 2021 to accept or reject the new financial terms. If the terms are accepted, its licence will be renewed for a further ten-year period commencing 1 January 2022.“
It ist worth while to consult the relevant paper on the „Renewal of the Independent National Radio licences Methodology for a review of financial terms“ at https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/209563/inr-licence-renewal-methodology.pdf, page 13:„2.61 The table shows that over time the PQR and Cash Bid associated with the INR licences have reduced, and that each licensee has been making nominal financial payments since the 2010 reviews. This reflects the fact that the profits associated with the right to broadcast nationally on analogue have reduced over time as digital listening has increased and that, in more recent reviews, entry costs for a new entrant were considered likely to outweigh the potential analogue profits available. Consequently, recent reviews concluded that a new entrant would not be prepared to bid for the licence under our methodology and the incumbents could retain their licences in a hypothetical auction for a nominal amount.“
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2021-05-11)