Just a note that in West Michigan, WGVU-AM 1480 and WGVS-AM 850 are both turning off on January 7th and surrendering their licenses to the FCC. Both run an oldies format but are up against more popular FM stations in the market, making it ineffective, as is the state of AM radio these days. Perhaps listen while you can.
Chris Kadlec to I Love AM Radio fb group (2021-11-12)
HT&E buys Grant Broadcasters and will merge it with ARN network.
ARN’s parent company HT&E has announced its acquisition of Grant Broadcasters, giving advertisers the potential to reach over 90% of Australians nation-wide.
The acquisition includes radio and digital operations across 46 Grant’s stations and will combine with ARN’s existing 13 stations.
Flood Communications has announced it is purchasing Platte River Radio’s five stations in Hastings and Kearney NE.
Flood, which owns ten radio stations across the state and the statewide “NewsChannel Nebraska” and “Telemundo Nebraska” LPTV networks, will add AC “94.5 The Breeze” KLIQ Hastings, Classic Hits “Power 99” 98.9 KKPR-FM Kearney, News/Talk 1230 KHAS/104.1 K281CW Hastings, “ESPN Tri-Cities” 1460 KXPN/92.1 K221GM Kearney and 1550 KICS/92.7 K224FK Hastings serving the Hastings/Kearney/Grand Island area.
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2021-11-02)
Station Sales Week Of 10/29.
Seehafer Broadcasting sells “ESPN 92.3” WOSQ Spencer and Classic Hits 1450 WDLB/98.7 W254CLC Marshfield WI to Central Wisconsin Broadcasting for $250,000. The stations will join a cluster that includes Hot AC 92.7 WPKG, “107.5 The Rock” WCCN-FM, and Farm/Soft AC 1370 WCCN/98.5 W253CN all licensed to Neillsville.
WP Broadcasting sells “Coyote Country 92.7” KRSY-FM La Luz, Sports “103.7 ESPN” KNMZ Alamogordo, and Conservative Talk “Alamo AM” 1230 KRSY Alamogordo with CP for 101.9 K270CS Alamogordo NM to Katlyn and David Grice’s Exciter Media LLC for $24,000.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2021-10-29)
A pair of Mississippi signals have had their licenses revoked after a competitor claimed that the stations were not operating within legal parameters.
In April 2020, Delta Radio Network owner Larry Fuss submitted informal objections against the license renewals for Donald Pugh’s Eternity Media Group’s 99.5 WETX Vardaman and 1540 WKXG Greenwood MS. In his objections Fuss noted that WETX was never built, but filed for a license to cover in 2017 and a renewal in 2020, while WKXG was not utilizing the longwire antenna specified in its active STA, but rather by “taking turns” on the tower of Christian Broadcasting of Greenwood’s 1240 WGRM Greenwood or not operating at all.
After inquiries to show proof of legal operation at either station went unanswered, the FCC has cancelled both licenses for failing to operate within 365 days at legal parameters without a legal STA.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2021-10-24)
Saga Communications has surrendered the license for Oldies “Joy 1230” WJYI Norfolk VA.
WJYI has been operating via STA since September 2019 when the company demolished and rebuilt the tower that housed the AM and sister “FM 99” WNOR Norfolk. Since that time the station has been utilizing a temporary vertical whip antenna with 157 watts as opposed to its licensed 630 watts. At the time of its last extension filing in March, Saga stated that the ground radial system was damaged during the construction of the new tower pausing installation of the folded unipole skirt antenna for the AM until the ground system was repaired.
Since the STA period began, the station had been branding as “Joy FM 98.7 HD2“. Saga also swapped the station’s call letters in April, moving 1230’s WJOI calls to their “Joy 1340” in Milwaukee and bringing the WJYI calls to Norfolk.
The station had signed on as WNOR in May of 1949. It had taken the WJOI call letters when it flipped to Adult Standards in 1999. Saga retains WNOR-FM and Classic Rock “106.9 The Fox” WAFX Suffolk in the Norfolk market.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2021-10-01)
Bonneville International is taking over management of Jazz Communications Sports “The Zone Sports Network” 1280 KZNS Salt Lake City/97.5 KZNS-FM Coalville UT.
As part of the deal, Bonneville will simulcast select Utah Jazz games from KZNS/KZNS-FM on News/Talk 1160 KSL/102.7 KSL-FM. The Sports simulcast joins a Bonneville Salt Lake City cluster that also includes AC “FM 100” KSFI, Classic Rock “103.5 The Arrow” KRSP and KSL-TV.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that KZNS afternoon co-host Gordon Monson and a few producers have been let go. Monson had been with KZNS since its launch in 2001.
New Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith acquired the stations from former owner Larry H Miller Communications in April for $100.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2021-09-30)
Update 9/28: Lotus Communications has announced it has closed on its purchase of News 1000 KOMO Seattle/97.7 KOMO-FM Oakville/97.7 K249DX Redmond, Hot AC “Star 101.5” KPLZ Seattle and Conservative Talk 570 KVI Seattle from Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2021-09-28)
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.