Price For KUHA/Houston Sale $10 Million; KSBJ To Flip Station To NGEN Format
February 25, 2016 at 11:10 AM (PT)
The contract filed for the sale by HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA of Classical KUHA/HOUSTON and translator K217GB/HOUSTON to KSBJ EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION reveals that the price for the sale, announced yesterday (NET NEWS 2/24), is $10 million. As ALL ACCESS reported YESTERDAY, KSBJ, which operates Contemporary Christian KSBJ/HUMBLE-HOUSTON with three translators and two full-power repeaters, will put its Christian Rock-Christian Hip Hop NGEN format on KUHA, the former RICE UNIVERSITY student station KTRU.
KSBJ Pres. TIM MCDERMOTT commented, "This is a significant milestone for KSBJ. For 34 years, we have dreamed of having a full-power FM station covering all of HOUSTON that reaches young people. We are so excited about having this and the impact for good it will have on our city."
Currently KUHA is licensed to UHS and operates as HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA’s (HPM) Classical 91.7. Last AUGUST the Board of Regents of UHS approved the transition of its continuous classical music programming to all-digital distribution in recognition of the superior broadcast quality and greater efficiency of digital broadcasting.
HPM Assistant VP/GM LISA SHUMATE said, "Our commitment to multi-platform arts and culture coverage is stronger than ever before as we are now incorporating online video and television programming in addition to classical music for the HOUSTON community. We’re happy that the ownership of KUHA will stay in local hands with an experienced broadcaster and look forward to working with KSBJ on a smooth transition."
In Other FCC Filings....
SYNERGY BROADCAST NORTH DAKOTA, LLC is selling Silent KQLZ/NEW ENGLAND, ND to DICKINSON-BELFIELD BROADCASTING CORP. for $70,000 plus an LMA before closing. KQLZ has a construction permit to swap communities of license with SYNERGY's Silent KLTQ/BEULAH, ND, but the application indicates that the swap was never consummated and the parties intend to keep the stations where they were.
MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO is selling K237FO/BLUE EARTH, MN to WRPX, INC. for $32,500. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Oldies WDGY-A/HUDSON, WI.
HI-LINE RADIO FELLOWSHIP, INC. is selling K234CP (formerly K235BO)/COLUMBUS, MT to KGHL RADIO LLC for $50,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Classic Country KGHL-A/BILLINGS.
BRADLEY D. WILSON has requested a Silent STA for KXRP/BISMARCK, ND due to interference with AT&T and a pending move to alleviate the interference.
KEVIN J. YOUNGERS has closed on the sale of K277CV/TUCSON, AZ to KZLZ, LLC for $100,000.
KTLU/KWRW, INC. has closed on the sale of Classic Hits KTLU-A (CLASSIC HITS 103.9)/RUSK, TX to CHEROKEEAN HERALD KTLU LLC for $50,000; ROBERTO R. and TERRIE W. GONZALEZ have closed on the sale of K280CL/RUSK, TX to the same buyer for $50,000; and the buyer, owned by LEWIS COUNTY PRESS, LLC and COATES CONSULTING, LLC, has closed on the purchase of the CHEROKEEAN HERALD newspaper from E.W. WHITEHEAD ENTERPRISES, INC. The three deals were contingent upon one another's closing.
And KIRKLAND WIRELESS BROADCASTERS, INC. has closed on the sale of Oldies WKCE-A/MARYVILLE, TN to MID-CENTURY RADIO LLC for $25,000.