WWRL-A/New York Sold; Lots More Translators Change Hands
February 1, 2016 at 10:51 AM (PT)
In a deal yet to be filed at the FCC, ACCESS.1 COMMUNICATIONS is selling Regional Mexican WWRL-A (LA INVASORA)/NEW YORK to Dr. NIMISHA SHUKLA’s NJ BROADCASTING, LLC for an undisclosed price. The buyer, a pediatrician in EDISON, NJ, will take over in an LMA TODAY (2/1) and flip the station to South Asian programming. MEDIA SERVICES GROUP’s GEORGE REED and TOM MCKINLEY represented ACCESS.1 in the deal.
Yet Another Wave Of FM Translator Sales Hits FCC Database For AM Revitalization
Meanwhile, the AM Revitalization FM translator 250-mile moving window prompted yet another flood of applications for translator sales at the FCC in MONDAY's database release.
On the launch of the translator application window, FCC Commissioner AJIT PAI said, "The FCC's AM Radio Revitalization Initiative is off to an incredibly strong start. Last FRIDAY, we opened a window for Class C and Class D AM stations to obtain FM translators and move them up to 250 miles. And in the first day alone, we received over 400 applications from AM stations. This means that almost one in ten AM stations in the country applied for an FM translator during the first 24 hours of the modification window. These FM translators will help struggling AM broadcasters increase their audience and advertising revenue. They will also be a short-term bridge as we address the AM band’s long-term technical problems.
"Given the strong demand for FM translators, the Media Bureau’s Audio Division has a lot of work ahead of it processing these applications. But I am confident that our talented staff will complete this task with their characteristic skill and professionalism."
Among the deals, INDIANA COMMUNITY RADIO CORP. is selling W279AM/RUSHVILLE, IN and W274BS/PRINCETON, IN to T.C.W. BROADCASTING, INC. for $3,500 each. The buyer intends to move the translators and rebroadcast Sports WTCW-A/WHITESBURG. KY and Classic Country WFTG-A (THE WOLF)/LONDON, KY, respectively.
ARMIDA A. SAILLE is selling K228FC/KINGSVILLE, TX to ROYAL FLUSH, LLC for $50,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Country KTAE-A/AUSTIN.
COLONIAL RADIO GROUP, INC. is selling W256BQ/OLEAN, NY to CC BROADCASTING, LLC for $75,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Oldies-Variety WGPA-A (SUNNY 1100)/BETHLEHEM, PA. COLONIAL is also selling W237CS/SMETHPORT, PA to WOLF RADIO, INC. for $75,000; the buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Classic Hits WMBO-A (THE DINOSAUR)/AUBURN, NY.
COUNTRYSIDE BROADCASTING, INC. is selling W300CQ/TAYLORVILLE, IL and W300CP/PANA, IL to POLNET COMMUNICATIONS, LTD. for $90,000. The translators will rebroadcast Polish WNVR-A (POLSKIE RADIO)/VERNON HILLS-CHICAGO, IL and Ethnic-Talk WKTA-A/EVANSTON-CHICAGO, IL, respectively.
TED W. AUSTIN, JR. is selling K224EO/IDAHO FALLS, ID to INSPIRATIONAL FAMILY RADIO, INC. for $50,000 credited towards the seller's SNAKE RIVER RADIO's separate purchase from the buyer of Religion KRTK-A/CHUBBUCK, ID. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Religion KSPD-A/BOISE.
WRVM, INC. is selling W286CR/PLYMOUTH, WI to POLNET COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.for $35,000. The translator will rebroadcast Spanish Variety WPJX-A (LA CAMPEONA 1500)/ZION, IL.
LIGHT OF LIFE MINISTRIES, INC. is selling W250BB/HOULTON, ME to MOUNTAIN VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC. for $50,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Religion-News-Talk WKTQ-A (FAMILY RADIO)/SOUTH PARIS-PORTLAND, ME.
EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION is selling W265CZ/MERIDIAN, MS to ALPHA MEDIA LICENSEE LLC for $35,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Oldies WJQS-A/JACKSON, MS. EMF is also selling K284BZ/DES MOINES, IA to SANTAMARIA BROADCASTING, INC.for $40,000; the buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Regional Mexican KMNV-A (LA RAZA)/ST. PAUL, MN, on which it brokers substantially all the air time. And EMF is selling W271CA/NOBLESVILLE, IN to L & D BROADCASTERS, INC. for $60,000 to rebroadcast Southern Gospel WGNZ-A (GOOD NEWS 1110)/FAIRBORN-DAYTON, OH.
BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC. is selling W226BR/GREENVILLE, MS to COVENANT NETWORK for $35,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Religion WCKW-A/GARYVILLE, LA.
CALVARY CHAPEL CHURCH, INC. is selling W239BZ/SANDY, FL to GILLEN BROADCASTING CORPORATION for $35,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Silent WAJD-A/GAINESVILLE, FL. CALVARY CHAPEL CHURCH is also selling W269CU/PALM BAY, FL to RADIO WORLD, INC. for $35,000 to move across the state for rebroadcasting News-Talk-Brokered WTAN-A (TAN TALK)/CLEARWATER, FL.
HELEN M. BEDNARCZYK and her Y-TOWN BROADCASTING are selling W234CH/GIRARD, OH. Silent WASN-A/YOUNGSTOWN, OH, and Urban WGFT-A/CAMPBELL, OH to LHTC MEDIA, INC. (LAUREL HIGHLAND TOTAL COMMUNICATIONS) for $315,000. The buyer plans to move the translator, which has been simulcasting WGFT, to rebroadcast News-Talk WCNS-A/LATROBE, PA.
JVC MEDIA, LLC is selling W271BZ/TIANA, NY to WGBB-AM, INC. for $75,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Brokered Ethnic-Talk WGBB-A/FREEPORT, NY.
SEVEN RANGES RADIO COMPANY, INC. is selling W226BO/PARKERSBURG, WV to ALPHA MEDIA LICENSEE LLC for $35,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Country WKEZ-A (ROOSTER COUNTRY 1240)/BLUEFIELD, WV.
REACH COMMUNICATIONS, INC. is selling W239AL/FERNANDINA BEACH, FL to THOMAS B. DANIELS for $35,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Spanish Variety WZJY-A (EL ZOL)/CHARLESTON, SC. REACH is also selling W251BF/PUNTA GORDA, FL to SUN BROADCASTING INC. for $35,000 to rebroadcast Sports WFWN-A (1240 THE FAN)/FORT MYERS.
GROWING CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION is selling K232EP/CHELAN, WA to TWO HEARTS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC for $3,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast News-Talk KGDC-A/WALLA WALLA, WA.
INDIANA COMMUNITY RADIO CORPORATION is selling W287BC/ANDERSON, IN to WPGW, INC. for $25,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast AC WPGW-A/PORTLAND, IN.
PAUL H. PASSINK is selling W294BO/CONCORD, VA to DELMARVA EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION for $65,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Religion WLES (TRUTH RADIO)/BON AIR-RICHMOND, VA. PASSINK is also selling W258AK/FARMVILLE, VA to the same buyer for $65,000 to rebroadcast Silent WREJ-A/RICHMOND.
AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION is selling K226BZ/TALLULAH, LA to ALPHA MEDIA LICENSEE LLC for $35,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Sports WXBD-A (1490 THE CHAMP)/BILOXI.
REFUGE MEDIA GROUP is selling W269DA/IRONWOOD, MI to MID-MINNESOTA MEDIA, LLC for $40,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Variety KLFD-A/LITCHFIELD, MN. REFUGE is also selling K204DS/GLENCOE, MN to JACOBSON BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC. for $40,000 to rebroadcast News-Talk KILR-A/ESTHERVILLE, IA. And REFUGE is selling K201HD/CLARA CITY, MN to COMMUNITY FIRST BROADCASTING, LLC for $40,000 to rebroadcast Oldies KSOU-A/SIOUX CENTER, IA.
NORTHEAST GOSPEL BROADCASTING, INC. is selling W278AN/TUPPER LAKE, NY; W244BG/LANESBOROUGH, MA, W234AL/NORTH ADAMS, MA; and W254AM/BERLIN, NY to GOIS BROADCASTING OF CONNECTICUT, LLC for $65,000 each ($260,000 total). The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Spanish Variety WNEZ-A (AMOR 1230)/MANCHESTER, CT; Tropical WLLH-A (MEGA 1400)/LOWELL, MA; and Urban Oldies WKND-A (POWER 1480)/WINDSOR, CT, respectively.
EDGEWATER BROADCASTING, INC. is selling K233BQ/CHILDRESS, TX to STILLWATER BROADCASTING, LLC for $35,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Sports KSPI-A (SPORTS 780)/STILLWATER, OK. EDGEWATER is also selling K280FY/DUBUQUE, IA to VAZQUEZ DEVELOPMENT, LLC for $35,000 to rebroadcast News-Talk WJOB-A/HAMMOND, IN; is selling W224CE/TITUSVILLE, FL to RADIO WORLD, INC. to rebroadcast WZHR-A/ZEPHYRHILLS, FL; and is selling W286BE/DAWSON, GA and W226AK/SYLVESTER, GA to PMB BROADCASTING, LLC for $45,000 each to rebroadcast Sports WBOJ-A (FOX SPORTS 1270) and Gospel WRCG-A/COLUMBUS, GA, respectively.
APPALSHOP, INC. is selling W248BY/MOUNTAIN LAKE, VA to GRAY BROADCASTING, LLC for $22,500. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast News-Talk WBAG-A/BURLINGTON-GRAHAM, NC.
FIRST VENTURES CAPITAL PARTNERS, INC. is selling K262BJ/MACON, MO to KTTR-KZNN, INC. (RESULTS RADIO) for $35,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast News-Talk KTTR-A/ROLLA, MO.
CONNER MEDIA CORP. is swapping W224CX/WILMINGTON, NC plus $10 to FRIENDS OF PUBLIC RADIO, INC. for W237EC/MYRTLE BEACH, SC plus $25,000.
BEACON BROADCASTING CORP. is selling W257BW/NEW TRIPOLI, PA to WIN RADIO BROADCASTING CORP. for $75,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Brokered South Asian WCTN-A (RADIO ZINDAGI)/POTOMAC-CABIN JOHN, MD-WASHINGTON, DC.
POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC. is selling W298BP/WISE, VA to SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF CHARLOTTESVILLE, LLC for $100,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Sports WVAX-A (ESPN 1450)/CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.
COMMUNITY BROADCASTERS, LLC is selling W255BD/DARLINGTON, SC to 2B PRODUCTIONS, LLC for $90,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Adult Standards WTIX-A/CONCORD, NC.
CORNELL MEDIA GUILD, INC. is selling W288AS/ITHACA, NY to WOLF RADIO, INC. for $75,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Sports WOLF-A (FOX SPORTS 1490)/SYRACUSE.
LIGHT OF LIFE MINISTRIES, INC. is selling W230BJ/ISLAND FALLS, ME to WINNIPESAUKEE RADIO STATION, LLC for $35,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast News-Talk WASR-A/WOLFEBORO, NH. LIGHT OF LIFE is also selling W264BG/BENEDICTA, ME to SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF NEW ENGLAND, LLC for $50,000 to rebroadcast News-Talk WBAE-A/PORTLAND, ME, and is selling W254BR/LINCOLN, ME to SALEM MEDIA OF MASSACHUSETTS, LLC for $100,000 to rebroadcast Religion WROL-A/BOSTON.
MENTOR PARTNERS, INC. is selling W243BA/BIG RAPIDS, MI to JACKSON RADIO WORKS, INC. for $35,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Sports WIBM-A (ESPN 101.9 FM AND 1450 AM)/JACKSON, MI, which presently also airs on W270CJ/JACKSON. MENTOR is also selling W236BR/REED CITY, MI to LAKEFRONT COMMUNICATIONS, LLC for $50,000 to move to rebroadcast Contemporary Christian WJYI-A (JOY 1340)/MILWAUKEE.
EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY is selling W298BY/HARLAN, KY and W232CX/BARBOURVILLE, KY to FAMILY FIRST for $60,000. The buyer plans to move the translators to rebroadcast Religon WBAJ-A/BLYTHEWOOD, SC and News-Talk WTCG-A/MOUNT HOLLY-CHARLOTTE, NC, respectively.
INDIANA COMMUNITY RADIO CORPORATION is selling W273CG/NEW HARMONY, IN to DIAMOND SHORES BROADCASTING, LLC for $40,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Oldies WSEZ-A/PAOLI, IN. ICRC is also selling W277CG/FT. BRANCH, IN to MIDNIGHT HOUR BROADCASTING, LLC for $40,000 to rebroadcast AC WZZB-A/SEYMOUR, IN, and is selling W287BR/CARTHAGE, IN to BAS BROADCASTING, INC. for $27,000 to rebroadcast Oldies WMVO-A/MOUNT VERNON, OH.
MANUEL E. ARROYO is selling W268BW/GAINESVILLE, FL to FLORIDA BROADCASTERS PARTNERSHIP for $100. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Gospel WRMQ-A (REJOICE 103.7)/ORLANDO, which presently simulcasts on W237CO/EATONVILLE, FL.
E-STRING WIRELESS, LTD is selling K260CE/GILMER, TX (for $56,800); K279CI/LONGVIEW, TX (for $58,700); K248CC/TYLER, TX (for $73,000); K285GL/TOPEKA, KS (for $108,900); and K257FJ/HOT SPRINGS, AR (for $25,000) to ALPHA MEDIA LICENSEE LLC. The buyer plans to move the translators to rebroadcast KYKX-HD2/LONGVIEW, TX; KYKX-HD3/LONGVIEW, TX; Country KYKX/LONGVIEW, TX; News-Talk WIBW-A/TOPEKA, KS; and Gospel KOKA-A/SHREVEPORT, LA, respectively.
COMMUNITY PUBLIC RADIO, INC. is selling K254BZ/FAIRBANKS, TX to HISPANIC FAMILY CHRISTIAN NETWORK, INC. for $85,000. The primary station is listed as iHEARTMEDIA AC KODA (SUNNY 99.1)/HOUSTON.
COMMUNITY MEDIA ASSISTANCE PROJECT is selling K234CD/BIGGS, OR to KSRV, INC. for $20,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Sports KTIX-A/PENDLETON, OR. CMAP is also selling W270CI/LAWRENCEVILLE, OH to TUSCARAWAS BROADCASTING COMPANY for $20,000 to rebroadcast News-Talk WBTC-A/URICHSVILLE, OH.
BAY BROADCASTING, INC. is selling W246BJ/POCOMOKE CITY, MD to ROTHSCHILD BROADCASTING LLC for $30,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast News-Talk WICO-A/SALISBURY, MD.
PAUL SCOTT ALEXANDER, JR. is selling W270AO/WINONA, MS to MARBLE CITY MEDIA, LLC for $40,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Southern Gospel WBNM-A/ALEXANDER CITY, AL, which has been simulcasting on W257DL/ALEXANDER CITY.
LIVING PROOF INC. is selling K267AQ/CONWAY SUMMIT, CA to LOTUS RADIO CORP. for $40,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Spanish Sports KHIT-A (ESPN DEPORTES 1450)/RENO, NV.
In closings, TEAM ONE MEDIA, LLC has closed on the sale of WIRA-A/FORT PIERCE, FL to CARIBBEAN MEDIA GROUP, INC. for $350,000.
And SMITH AND FITZGERALD, PARTNERSHIP has closed on the sale of W284CM/SAYRE, PA to EUROPA COMMUNICATIONS, INC. for $20,000; KEVIN M. FITZGERALD, who owns 50% of both buyer and seller, passed his share from the buyer to the seller, and BENJAMIN P. SMITH, 50% owner of the seller, was paid $10,000 in cash.
Also, in a deal yet to be filed with the FCC, COLONIAL MEDIA AND ENTERTAIMNENT has agreed to buy Adult Hits WAVL-A (THE MOUNTAIN)/APOLLO. PA from EVANGEL HEIGHTS ASSEMBLY OF GOD for an undisclosed price and has filed to move W230BO/OLEAN, NY to simulcast the new acquisition. COLONIAL has been operating the station under an LMA since DECEMBER.