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.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-04-14)
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.
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Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-04-07)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-03-25)
Audacy has announced it will acquire the the intellectual property of Hip Hop “WAMO 107.3” 660 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.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-03-22)
Joe Reilly’s Columbia FM is selling its Full Service Oldies “WHLM” network to Seven Mountains Media for $450,000.
The deal includes two AMs and four translators all running the same programming: 930 WHLM Bloomsburg, 1280 WBWX Berwick, 94.7 W234BH West Hazleton, 96.3 W242BY Berwick, 104.3 W282CO Bloomsburg, and 105.5 W288DF Danville. As part of the acquisition, Columbia FM owner Joe Reilly signed a five year non-compete agreement to own or manage a station within 60 miles.
The stations are considered part of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre market which they serve the western portion of.
Seven Mountains already owns Hot AC 93.5 WSBG and Country “Bigfoot 103.1” 840 WVPO/103.1 W276DG Stroudsburg covering portions of the market and Classic Country “Bigfoot Legends 107.7” WLGD Dallas and 590 WARM Scranton in the center of the market all of which count towards the local ownership cap. The company also owns Classic Hits “Hanna 92.3” WHNA Riverside/97.5 W248DK Bloomsburg and Country “Bigfoot Country” 106.5 WCFT-FM Bloomsburg counting towards the adjacent Sunbury/Selinsgrove market.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-03-14)
John Fredericks’ Disruptor Radio has closed on its $500,000 purchase of Christian 740 WVCH/103.3 W277CL Chester PA from the Estate of Alice Moffit’s WVCH Communications Inc. and has launched Conservative Talk “Liberty Radio“. The station will also be heard on Broadcast Learning Center’s 95.3 W237EH Pennsauken NJ.
More here https://radioinsight.com/headlines/219985/liberty-radio-debuts-in-philadelphia/
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-03-03)
Lightner Communications is preparing to launch a new brand in State College PA.
1260 WPHB/104.1 W281CB Phillipsburg PA are currently running a loop redirecting listeners to sister Classic Hits “Classic Favorites” 1340 WTRN/100.7 W264BZ Tyrone and 96.9 W245CZ Altoona. The loop also promotes the move of the 104.1 translator to 104.3 State College on Wednesday, March 2 at which time WPHB will debut a new format.
Lightner purchased WPHB/W281CB last year from Twilight Broadcasting for $77,500. WPHB had been simulcasting WTRN since the closing of the deal last fall.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-02-28)