Deal Digest: Public Radio Deal-Making in Pennsylvania; Carter buys translators from Kansas City. | story


Michigan — BTC USA Holdings Management has filed a $1.3M deal to buy hot AC “Mix 93.5” WKMJ-FM and speak WMPL (920) in Hancock, MI; and classic rock “99.7 The Storm” WIMI and classic country WJMS (590) in Ironwood, MI. The deal also includes Hancock, MI licensed translator W297CD at 107.3 FM simulcasting WMPL. And Ironwood, MI licensed translator W221EH at 92.1 FM simulcasting WJMS. BTC USA Holdings Management also has a pending deal Buy stations in Alaska. Broker: Clifton Gardiner & Company

Iowa – On the Go Media by Shawn Dietz has a $1.25 million deal to buy AC KQCR-FM, Parkersburg, IA (98.9) and Country KLMJ, Hampton, IA (104.9) from Craig and Submitted to Kathleen Donnelly’s CD Broadcasting. The deal includes a $375,000 promissory note.

North Carolina – Pathway Christian Academy has filed a $215,000 deal to purchase planning permission for a Class A signal at 88.3 FM licensed by Down East Communications to Vanceboro, NC. The deal includes a $152,500 promissory note. Pathway Christian is expected to put his gospel “Go Mix Radio Network” on the signal. Broker: Chad Hunter

New Jersey – The Bridge of Hope has filed a $125,000 deal to purchase WNJB, Bridgeton, NJ (89.3) from Philadelphia-based public broadcaster WHYY (90.9). It transferred its news-talk format to WNJB. The signal gives The Bridge of Hope its second stop in southern New Jersey where it already owns contemporary Christian “88.7 The Bridge” WNJH in the Atlantic City-Cape May, NJ market. It also owns stations in Delaware and Maryland. Upon completion of the sale, WHYY will still own four New Jersey FMs, including WNJM, Manahawkin, NJ (89.9); WNJZ, Cape May Courthouse, NJ (90.3); WNJN-FM, Atlantic City, NJ (89.7); and WNJS, Berlin, NJ (88.1), all broadcasting WHYY simultaneously.

Pittsburgh – Martz Communications has requested that WAMO (660) be donated to Pittsburgh Public Media. According to an FCC filing, Martz Communications will receive a tax credit for the station’s donation for an amount to be determined through an appraisal by the end of the year. Pittsburgh Public Media operates “The Pittsburgh Jazz Channel” which airs on WZUM-FM & AM (88.1/1550/) and Braddock licensed translator W266CV on 101.1. WAMO was since March under the control of Audacy when the company completed an LMA to acquire the intellectual rights of the Urban Contemporary station and its companion translator, the Pittsburgh-licensed W297BU at 107.3 FM. The format will now come from the HD2 channel of Audacy’s country “Y-108” WDSY.

California – The Animal Authority rescue team has applied to donate planning permission to Copper Mountain Rescue Radio for a Joshua Tree, California-licensed Class A transmitter at 91.9 FM. An alternative adult format is planned for the station, with Copper Mountain telling the FCC, “We believe that arts over contemporary, commercial or traditional radio formats is of paramount importance in maintaining artistic integrity.”

Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College filed a deal to donate KLCZ, Lewiston, ID (88.9) to Boise State Public Radio. KLCZ has retired its adult alternative format and now airs news from Boise State Public Radio and NPR. The adult alternative format, run by students, will continue and become an online station. In a separate deal, Boise State Public Radio has already filed a deal to acquire the University of Utah’s Pocatello, ID-licensed translator K298BE from 107.5 FM. UT is Translator’s donation to Boise State. The translator had just simulcast KUER from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City (90.1). It now broadcasts a classical music format on weekdays and a varied music program in the evenings and at weekends.


Kansas City – The Carter Broadcast Group has filed a $500,000 deal to purchase the Kansas City, KS licensed K295CH translator from 106.9 FM from Alpine Broadcasting. The filing states that Carter Broadcast Group will carry “Hot 103 Jamz” KPRS on the translator, or more likely, the R&B oldies format that will air on their HD2 channel.


Michigan – Todd Mohr’s Aurora Media has closed a $200,000 deal to purchase Classic Rock WRPP, Manistique, MI (92.7) from Todd Stuart Noordyk’s Great Lakes Radio. The deal also includes Escanaba’s MI-licensed W254AG translator for 98.7 FM. Great Lakes Radio still owns oldies WQXO, Munising, MI (1400).

Birmingham, AL – The Donald Jennings Evangelistic Association has closed a $175,000 deal to purchase Gospel WURL (760) from the Bill Davison Evangelical Association. Jennings does not own any other stations.

Laredo, TX — Maritza Alfaro’s Iglesia Cristinia Restauracion y Vida has struck a $100,000 deal to buy Carlos Lopez’s Spanish Christian KLNT (1490). Iglesia Cristinia Restauracion y Vida has been operating the station since February under a local marketing agreement.

Dothan, AL Brian Baker and Anthony Donelson’s Good Guys Broadcasting have struck a $32,500 deal to purchase R&B “Vibe” WARB (700) from Alarado Media. The deal also includes the Dothan, AL licensed translator W290DG at 105.9 FM. Good Guys Broadcasting has operated the channels under a local marketing agreement since January.

Utah – Western Indian Ministries has closed a $70,000 deal to purchase KPGX, Navajo Mountain, UT (103.5) from Desert Explorer Communications. Western Indian Ministries already owns Gospel KTBA, Tuba City, AZ (760) and Contemporary Christian KWIM, Window Rock, AZ (104.9) in the region, but neither overlaps with KPGX.

Mobile, AL — Dave Minard’s UM Enterprises has struck a $100 deal to purchase the currently dormant WTOF (1110) and WMOB (1360) from the Buddy Tucker Association. The deal also includes the mobile AL-licensed translator W239CW at 95.7 FM. Minard owns no other stations.