United States

Chisolm Trail Communications sells Silent 1400 KEBE/104.7 K284CT Jacksonville and 1580 KTLU/103.9 K280CL Rusk TX to Dick Witkovski’s North Texas Radio Group for $125,000 minus the $11,000 owed to the buyer by previous owner Paul Coates. The deal includes the tower site for KEBE. The stations ceased broadcasting in July ahead of a pending deal.

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-09-30)

United States

James Harold Heathcock Jr.’s Heathcock Communications will acquire Classic Hits 105.5 WABO-FM and 990 WABO Waynesboro MS from Martin Broadcasting for $300,000. The deal was originally agreed to when Heathcock began operated WABO/WABO-FM in June 2019 via Time Brokerage Agreement.

Zee Ferrufino’s Latino Communications is selling 1480 KAVA/107.5 K298CG Pueblo CO to Dave Moore’s Kix Broadcasting for $159,000. Moore, who previously owned and programmed “KIQ’N Country” 106.9 KIQN, will begin operating KAVA via Time Brokerage Agreement on October 1. We reported on the future branding for the station in our 9/16 Domain Insight report. Latino will retain Regional Mexican “Que Bueno 1280KBNO/97.7 K249EX Denver, which currently simulcasts on KAVA.

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-09-23)

United States

Sage Weil and Mike Crute’s Civic Media continues its rapid expansion across Wisconsin with the purchase of Oldies 1590 WGBW Denmark/97.9 W250CV Green Bay and 1530 WLAK/93.9 W230DA New Holstein WI.

Mark Heller’s MetroWest Communications will receive $937,000 for the pair. The deal continues Civic Media’s rapid expansion across the state of Wisconsin. Upon closing of all of its pending deals, the company will own eleven stations with its shareholders also holding stakes in two others.

News From The Center 1450 107.7 WRCE WRCO Richland Center

Civic Media has also expanded its flagship Liberal Talk format to two more of its stations. Upon the close of its purchase of Fruit Broadcasting’s Standards 1450 WRCO/107.7 W299CD and Country 100.9 WRCO-FM Richland Center last week, the company relaunched WRCO/W299CD as “News From The Center” under new WRCE call letters.

The Time Brokerage Agreement of Silent 1260 WXCE Amery ahead of the purchase of it, Country “Thunder 95.7” WDMO Baldwin and 910 WCBN Hayward sees that station relaunch as “Lake Air Radio“.

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-09-23)

United States

Nashville Public Radio is selling one of its three signals in its home market.
Tony Richards’ Kensington Digital Media will acquire “WPLN International1430 WPLN Madison TN for $1.3 million. The deal includes the real estate associated with the station’s four tower array for its 15kW day/1kW night signal, but not the current call letters. The station currently runs the BBC World Service around the clock.
Kensington will add WPLN to its holdings in the Nashville area that include Hot AC 1010 WHIN/100.7 W264CR/107.9 W300EA Gallatin on the east side of the market and Classic Hits “94.5 Hippie Radio” WHPY-FM Bellevue rimshotting the city from the west.

Nashville Public Radio retains Public News/Talk 90.3 WPLN-FM and AAA 91.1 WNXP Nashville .

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-09-20)

United Kingdom

 According to
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/august-2022 (20 September 2022), a ten year renewal has been granted to the following analogue commercial radio station:

Area Service name Current licensee
Greater London Lyca Gold Lyca Media II Limited
[1035 kHz, stream at https://www.lycagold.com]

According to licence details at
On air from: 19-02-2005
now to: 31-08-2032

Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2022-09-20)

United States

Station Sales of the Week.
Chris Murray’s P.B. Broadcasting of Georgia will purchase Ploener Radio Group for $10. The deal involves Classic Hits “Fox-FM1090 WBAF/104.9 W285FK Barnesville and 1370 WFDR Manchester GA, and Hip Hop “Streetz 94.5” WFDR-FM Woodbury GA which is leased to Steve Hegwood’s Core Communicators. Murray, who also owns four and operates other stations across Georgia, already serves as General Manager of Ploener Radio Group whose owner Paul Ploener passed away earlier this year.

KGAY PSP adds a second AM in Palm Springs with the acquisition of 1400 KESQ Indio from News Press & Gazette’s Gulf-California Broadcast Company for $8500 with the deal only including the license and transmission equipment of the station. KESQ currently simulcasts Regional Mexican “La Poderosa 96.7” KUNA-FM La Quinta. The buyer owns LGBTQ+ Dance “106.5 KGAY1270 KGAY/106.5 K293CL Thousand Palms.

Great Lakes Radio Inc. sells Classic Rock 92.7 WRPP Manistique and 98.7 W254AG Escanaba MI to Aurora Media for $200,000. The Todd Mohr led company will begin operating the station via LMA as it joins a cluster that includes Soft AC 680 WDBC/94.5 W233CT Escanaba, Country “Kix 104.7” WYKX Escanaba and Silent 103.9 W280GB Escanaba.


LanceVenta, RadioInsight (2022-09-02)

United States

Cristian Vallejo’s Crisbeto Enterprises Corp will acquire Spanish Variety “Super Q1300 WQBN Temple Terrace/Tampa FL from Radio Tropical Inc. for $850,000. Crisbeto, which has operated WQBN since April 2017, will have all but $2000 of each of its $14,916.67 per month LMA fees go towards the purchase price. The seller will retain WQBN’s translator 106.7 W294CR Tampa.

Kansas Nebraska Good News Broadcasting Corporation sells Christian 1360 KNGN/98.3 K252FV McCook NE to My Bridge for $40,000.

Jodesha Broadcasting divests 1450 KBKW/103.5 K278CU Aberdeen WA to Sacred Heart Radio for $30,000. Jodesha retains its three FMs and six translators in the area. KBKW had dropped its News/Talk format for a simulcast of Classic Country “Timber Country 94.7” 94.7 K234AU Aberdeen/KSWW-HD3 Ocean Shores in January after K278CU’s tower was damaged by a falling tree.

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-08-05)

United States

Catholic network operator Relevant Radio has purchased 1590 KLFE Seattle for $500,000. Salem moved its Conservative Talk “The Answer” programming on August 1 to pending acquisition 1300 KKOL Seattle, paving the way for Relevant Radio to begin an immediate Time Brokerage Agreement. KLFE operates with 20kW day and 5kW night.

Mohan Cheema and Sukhdev Singh Dhillon’s Baaz Broadcasting will acquire Regional Mexican “La Patrona 1680KNTS Seattle for $225,000. The 10kW day/1kW night AM will two other AMs in the market held by the buyers principles: Akal Media’s 1250 KKDZ Seattle and 1560 KZIZ Pacific. Both stations operate as South Asian “Radio Punjab“.

In the sale filings, Salem requests a waiver as KNTS is the expanded band replacement for KLFE. As the FCC has yet to act for years on its long-pending plan to force operators of expanded band AMs to choose either the newer license or the original to retain while surrendering the other, Salem states that Relevant Radio “has elected not to pay an additional purchase price for a station that does not fit its business model. Rather than deactivate the operating expanded band station and turn in its license as the rule would require, Inspiration seeks to promote diversity of broadcast ownership by selling that station to a minority-controlled buyer at a below-market price. Given the limited number of remaining standard/expanded band pairs and the exceedingly modest band-improvement impact that the three decade-old expanded band plan has had as a whole, the public interest is far better served by enhancing minority ownership in broadcasting than in strict adherence to the AM expanded band rules.” Salem also states, “while KNTS is an operating station with value, Inspiration has commissioned an independent appraisal of KNTS and can certify that the $225,000 purchase price that Baaz will pay for the station is less than 50 percent of its fair market value.”

Following the divestments, Salem will retain Christian Preaching “820 The WordKGNW Burien-Seattle and has its acquisition of KKOL pending.

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-08-05)