United States

Station Sales:

Joel Hanson sells Washington Interstate Broadcasting Company and its Classic Hits “Hometeam 100.71490 KLOG/100.7 K264CU Kelso WA, “Cookin Country 105.5” KUKN Longview and Rock “101.5 The Blitz” K268BN Eufaula/KUKN-HD2 to John and Nicole Paul for $2.2 million. John Paul has served as General Manager of the stations since 2014 after a long run in programming with stints at WYRK and WBUF Buffalo NY, KUPL Portland, and Westwood One. He had began his career at KLOG and KUKN from 1987 to 1995.

Anthony Bucher’s Hitmaker Music Group is selling 1230 WGGG/92.1 W221DX Gainesville and 900 WMOP Ocala FL to William Johnson’s Urban One Broadcasting Network for $225,000. The deal comes one month after UOBN’s application for review at the FCC protesting the 2020 sale of those stations from Florida Sportstalk LLC to Hitmaker for $260,000 was rejected. UOBN claimed it had entered into an LMA with an option to buy the stations which was not executed due to racial discrimination, but Florida Sportstalk said there was no executed contract. WGGG and WMOP have continued to air Christmas music.

Brian McGlynn’s Genesee Media will purchase Oldies 850 WYLF/93.9 W230CZ Penn Yan NY from Tim Stratton’s Stratton Radio Broadcast Company for $260,000. Genesee Media owns stations in nearby Dansville and Brockport NY, while Stratton retains 1310 WOKR/95.5 W238DG Canandaigua, which he purchased from Genesee in 2019.
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/224701/station-sales-week-of-4-29/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-04-29)

United States

Omar Romero’s FC New Orleans Inc. has begun operating GAP Broadcasting’s 640 KTIB Thibodaux LA via Time Brokerage Agreeement leading to a simulcast of his Spanish CHR “97.9 La Calle” K250BA New Orleans.
KTIB is also now serving as the originator of K250BA’s programming replacing iHeartMedia’s 104.1 KVDU-HD3 Houma. The Time Brokerage Agreement term is for 24 months that took effect on April 15. KTIB’s current translator 103.7 K279CU Thibodaux can be transferred to another parent station at any time as it is not bound to the lease of KTIB.
KTIB had featured a mix of Hot AC and Conservative Talk branded as “Lagniappe 103.7“. The station featured the Kidd Kraddick morning show, two local talk shows hosted by Gene Richard and Joey Sanders, Westwood One’s Dan Bongino, Chris Plante, and Mark Levin, and jockless music at night.
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/224071/ktib-joins-la-calle-in-time-brokerage-deal/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-04-20)

United States

Ricki Lee and Aaron Ishmael’s Loud Media is growing their Knoxville TN cluster with the acquisition of Sports 850 WKVL/100.9 W265DR and Classic Country “Pure Country1400 WGAP/105.9 W290DJ Maryville from Blount Broadcasting Corp for $175,000.
WKVL and WGAP will join a Loud Media cluster that includes Classic Hits “104.9 Lake-FM” WPLA La Follette, Rock 106.1 WVLZ Oliver Springs, and Oldies “Mid Century Radio” 1180 WKCE/105.1 W286DT Knoxville. The company also operates stations in Fort Collins CO and Upstate New York.
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/223737/loud-media-expands-in-knoxville/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-04-16)

United States

Lightner Communications has expanded to Johnstown PA with the purchase of 101.3 W267CM Johnstown from Ted Schober’s ZIP2 LLC. While terms of that sale were not included in the sale filing, it does note that the translator’s facilities will be modified to fit within the contours of Lightner’s 1400 WYUP Loretto PA. WYUP serves as the originating station for Variety Hits “107.1 Jack-FM” W296ED Altoona, while is also simulcast on 1260 WPHB Phillipsburg/104.3 W282CV State College.
In the interim before the translator facility move, W267CM and current parent 850 WKGE Johnstown have dropped their former Classic Hits format and are now simulcasting WYUP/WPHB stretching the “Jack-FM” brand across all three markets.
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/223684/wkge-flips-to-jack-as-part-of-translator-sale/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-04-14)

United States

Petition to construct new towers for 1070 WFNI Indianapolis vetoed by Zoning Board.
The Zionsville IN Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously voted 5-0 to reject both of the petitions filed by Blessed Beginnings Broadcasting that would have been required to construct the new six tower array for WFNI.
More on the story here
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/223143/fort-wayne-operator-looks-to-resurrect-emmis-1070-wfni-indianapolis/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-04-07)

United States

Saga Communications closed on its acquisition of Standards 1520 WIZZ/100.5 W263DE Greenfield MA on Wednesday and flipped the station to a simulcast of its “Pure Oldies 96.9” W245BK Amherst/WLZX-HD3 Northampton.
Saga agreed to purchase WIZZ from Phil Drumheller’s P&M Radio last July for $61,800. The closing of the sale marked the end of Drumheller’s 70 year radio career as the closing took place following his final morning show on the station. Drumheller began his radio career in high school in 1953 and has spent it all in Central Massachusetts. He had owned WIZZ since 2003.
WIZZ becomes Saga’s sixth signal in Greenfield joining “Bear Country 95.3” WPVQ-FM, AC 98.3 WHAI, Soft AC “EZ 107.5” W298CA/WPVQ-HD2, Classic Country “Outlaw 92.3” 700 WPVQ/W222CH, and Liberal Talk 1240 WHMQ (simulcasting 1400 WHMP Northampton).

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-04-07)

United States

The Zionsville IN Board of Zoning Appeals will meet tonight to vote on an application by Brian Walsh’s Blessed Beginnings Broadcasting to construct a new six tower array for what is now Emmis’ silent 1070 WFNI Indianapolis, which he would acquire.
The application requests special exemption and new variance on behalf of BBB to rezone the land from agricultural use to commercial in order to construct the towers. Walsh tells the Lebanon Reporter that should it be granted, he intends to have the station operating from the new facility by next year and plans on replicating the Oldies format currently heard on his 1450 WIOE/104.3 W282CH Fort Wayne and 101.1 WIOE-FM Warsaw IN. Its morning show will be simulcast on WFNI, while the remainder of the programming will originate from Indianapolis including local news and sports coverage.
In addition to WIOE, Walsh owns Talk 1250 WGL/105.5 W288EI Fort Wayne.

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-04-06)

Mexico

Licence/Frequency Auctions

Public Tender for the concession of the use, development and commercial exploitation of 234
Frequencies in the 88 to 106 MHz segment of the FM band and 85 frequencies in the 535 to 1605
kHz segment of the AM band, for the provision of Public Service of Sound Broadcasting.
http://www.ift.org.mx/industria/espectro-radioelectrico/radiodifusion/2021/licitacion-ift-8-
radiodifusion-am-y-fm

The IFT-8 auction got underway today (March 29th), and bids were received on 94 of the 319 lots
up for auction — 81 FM and 13 AM.
The AM options with most interest are: 1250kHz Querétaro; 1470kHz Pozo de Parras–Irapuato
Gto.; 610kHz Fresnillo–Zacatecas; and 1360kHz Atotonilco de Tula Hgo.
Considering that the auction made available 234 FM and 85 AM frequencies, there are not many
bids. 34 percent of the FM lots have had bids placed so far in the auction, while on the AM side just
15 percent of lots attracted at least one bid today. This tracks with the notably decreased interest
compared to IFT-4 five years ago.

Raymie Humbert in Medium Wave News April via WOR iog (2022-04-04)

United States

Townsquare Media has submitted its $18.75 million acquisition of Cherry Creek Media to the FCC revealing which stations it will divest in Missoula MT and Kennewick/Richland/Pasco WA.
Anderson Radio Broadcasting will acquire the licenses of CHR “Now 106.7” KXDR Pinesdale and Sports 1340 KYLT Missoula from Cherry Creek and CHR “107.5 Zoo-FM” KENR Superior and News/Talk 1240 KLYQ Hamilton MT from Townsquare. Anderson will add those stations to their AC “99.3 The River” KQEZ St. Regis.
More on the story here
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/221973/townsquare-sets-missoula-and-tri-cities-spinoffs/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-03-25)

United States

Audacy has announced it will acquire the the intellectual property of Hip Hop “WAMO 107.3660 WAMO Wilkinsburg/107.3 W297BU Pittsburgh from Martz Communications Group while operating the stations via LMA starting Monday, April 4.
Audacy had previously begun operating Martz’ 100.1 W261DU Pittsburgh via LMA in October 2020 to rebroadcast News/Talk 1020 KDKA. At that time WAMO’s Hip Hop programming moved from W261DU to W297BU.
The WAMO brand has much heritage in Pittsburgh first on 860 and 105.9 and then 106.7 from 1956 until their 2010 sale to Catholic operator Saint Joseph Missions. Martz would resurrect the call letters and format the following year on 660 and then adding the translators.
WAMO will join an Audacy Pittsburgh cluster that includes KDKA, Sports “93.7 The Fan” KDKA-FM, Hot AC “100.7 Star” WBZZ, and Country “Y108” 107.9 WDSY.
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/221654/audacy-to-acquire-wamo/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-03-22)