The Bois Forte Band of Chippewa have found a buyer for Variety “End of the Road Radio” 1450 WELY and 94.5 WELY-FM Ely MN months after the tribe intended to shut the stations down.
Mike Oberg’s Zoe Communications will acquire the stations for $130,000. However, the stations will go silent on Thursday, December 1 until the closing of the license transfers as the company will need to relocate the station’s studios out of the building being retained by the tribe.
The Bois Forte had intended to shut down the stations on June 1 after losing $1.7 million in the 17 years they owned them. The sign-offs were delayed to September 1 and then December 1 as they sought a buyer for the properties.
Zoe owns eleven stations in Northwestern Wisconsin with three in the process of being sold to Civic Media.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-11-29)
Family Life Broadcasting System is selling its longtime Detroit properties to Catholic network Relevant Radio for $3.1 million.
Relevant Radio will purchase 1030 WUFL Sterling Heights and its network of translators across the market: 94.1 W231CV Holly, 94.3 W232CA Detroit, 103.1 W276DB Rochester Hills, and 104.7 W284BQ Detroit. The deal includes the property that houses WUFL’s three tower array since the station’s sign-on in 1988, but not the WUFL call letters, which will be transferred to another Family Life Broadcasting owned station.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-11-23)
The long-pending license renewal of Conservative Talk “1300 The Answer” KKOL Seattle and transfer of the station from Intelli LLC to Salem Media Group have been approved be the FCC with conditions. Salem swapped KKOL to Intelli in May 2018 and then agreed to repurchase it in June 2021. The license transfers coincided with the move of the station from its former tower site in Tacoma to Bainbridge Island where it was triplexed with Salem’s 1590 KLFE and 1680 KNTS Seattle.
Since the station completed its move to operate with 50kW daytime and 3.2kw nights, the station has received multiple complaints from Bainbridge Island residents stating that the station was creating blanketing RF interference to devices ranging from internet connections, cordless landline phones, ear buds, electric car charging equipment, vehicle electronic systems, garage doors, refrigerators, invisible dog fences, generators, and septic systems. To alleviate the issues, the station has been testing at different power levels from its 3.2kW night power to its proposed 50kW and working with the residents to fix or prove whether the station’s RF was causing the issues.
As part of the renewal, Salem must operate at 35kW day until being relicensed for that power level. They will also be required to conduct community outreach, respond to blanketing interference complaints, and remediate blanketing interference to any electronic device attributable to KKOL’s operation, including, if necessary, installing RF filters, cables, or replacement devices for as long as KKOL broadcasts from the Bainbridge Island site. KKOL was also given an abbreviated four year license renewal that will expire on November 18, 2026 to ensure compliance.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-11-20)
Threshold Communications sells Oldies “The Vine” 920 KVIN Ceres CA and translators 92.3 K222BX Modesto and 107.1 K296HL Manteca including its real estate to Punjabi American Media for $800,000.
Paul Walker to irca iog (2022-11-12)
Seven Mountains Media aquires Western PA duo.
C93″ 92.7 WCCR-FM and Country “94.1 The Goat” 1300 WWCH/94.1 W231DR Clarion PA from Clarion County Broadcasting Corp.
Both stations have been owned by members of the Hearst family (unrelated to the national television operator and former newspaper baron) since sign-on, with WWCH launching in 1960 and the FM added in 1985. Bill Hearst acquired the company from his parents in 1978.
The sale terms were missing from the FCC filing. WCCR-FM and WWCH will join Seven Mountains’ 101.3 WKFT Strattanville in serving the Clarion area along Interstate 80. WKFT simulcasts “Bigfoot Country” 102.1 WIFT Du Bois.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-11-07)
Riverfront Broadcasting will acquire Dakota Communications’ Huron SD cluster for $255,000. The deal includes Full Service Country “Dakota Country 1210” KOKK Huron, Hot AC “Tiger 95.3” 1340 KIJV/95.3 K237EL Huron, and Classic Rock “Big Jim 93.3” KJRV Wessington Springs. An associated company, Becker Enterprises, LLC will acquire the studio building and the tower site of KIJV for $345,000.
Michael Crute transfers Liberal Talk 540 WAUK Jackson/101.1 W266DR Waukesha WI to Civic Media for $775,668. Crute holds a 10% stake in the buyer.
Kurt Jackson’s Hampden Communications acquires 700 WPVQ Orange-Athol MA from Saga Communications for $2000 and removal of equipment from the former auxiliary site of Saga’s 93.9 WRSI Turners Falls. WPVQ previously served as the originating signal of Classic Country “92.3 The Outlaw” W222CH Greenfield, which is now fed by 95.3 WPVQ-HD3 Greenfield.
Hughey Communications purchases 1130 WALQ Carrville/Montgomery AL from the Augustus Foundation for $25,000. Hughey operates Classic Hits 580 WACQ/98.5 W253CZ Tuskeegee via LMA.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-11-04)
Relevant Radio is selling in St. Louis and buying in Tucson.
Relevant Radio sells 1380 KXFN/105.3 K287BY St. Louis to The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod for $570,000. The buyer owns 850 KFUO Clayton MO and holds a CP for 89.7 KFUO-FM Troy MO. KFUO applied earlier this month to move to the tower site owned by KXFN for its nighttime array.
Augusta Radio Fellowship will purchase Hot AC “Variety Hits 92.1” WBHC-FM and 1270 WHGS/96.1 W241DA Hampton SC from Bocock Communications for $350,000.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-10-28)
Excellent news that Ofcom have extended the Radio Caroline 648kHz licence for a further 5 years until 2027:
Mike Terry (2022-10-23)
Chris Murray’s Georgia Radio Alliance Atlanta is purchasing 1260 WMDG and 100.1 W261DL East Point/Atlanta from Northwest Georgia Broadcasting for $600,000. A Time Brokerage Agreement began at the end of August at which time WMDG dropped its Christian programming and became the originating station for Murray’s Classic Hits “Fox-FM” heard on Immanuel Broadcasting Network’s 102.1 W271CV Atlanta and stations in Barnesville, Manchester, and Macon. W271CV had been fed by iHeartMedia’s 96.1 WWPW-HD4 Atlanta.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-10-21)
After announcing the $5 million purchase of 990 WMYM/98.7 W254DT Kendall/Miami FL from Actualidad Media Group on Monday, Salem Media Group continues its return to the Miami market with the acquisition of Fenix Broadcasting Corp’s Spanish Talk “La Poderosa 670” WWFE/103.1 W276DV Miami and co-owned WRHC Broadcasting Corporation’s Spanish Variety “Cadena Azul” 1550 WRHC Coral Gables/98.7 W254DV Miramar FL for $5 million.
The deal follows the passing of WWFE and WRHC owner Jorge Rodriguez Sr. as Salem returns to the Miami market after the company sold its four stations off between 2017 and 2020.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-10-18)