A ‘Big’ Deal Is Done In New Mexico

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Should one turn on the radio in Clovis, N. Mex., a scan of the dial will undoubtedly land on “Big 101.5,” a 100kw facility that reaches Portales, and over the state line into Texas.


If “The High Plains Classic Rock” isn’t desired, there are two other FMs and an AM owned by Rooney Moon Broadcasting that may be of interest.

Soon, however, Rooney Moon will no longer be the owner of this quartet of radio properties.

That’s because Global One Media is agreeing to purchasing Rooney Moon Broadcasting for $1.1 million.

As such, Global One, pending FCC approval, will become the new owner of Big 101.5, licensed as KRMQ-FM; Class C1 Country KSEL-FM 105.9 in Portales, Class C1 Hot Adult Contemporary KSMX-FM 107.5 in Clovis, and Class C Classic Country KSEL-AM 1450 in Portales.

Hadden and Associates Media Brokers represented the buyer and seller on this transaction, which has yet to be filed with the Commission.

The New Mexico deal follows Global One’s recent acquisition of six Ruby Radio stations in Elko, Nev. And, it puts Rich Hudson in a second Southwest market.

For Hudson, who since February 2017 has been the President of Studio 1 Production, based in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, the ownership expansion is part of the next chapter of a lengthy career in radio that saw him serve as a Sound Design/Audio Producer/Production Director for Audacy Corp.’s Los Angeles stations.

Hudson held that role from November 2017 through May 2021.

For 19 years prior, under CBS Radio ownership, he was a production director for “93.1 JACK FM” and, before that, a KCBS-FM “Arrow 93.1” air talent; while at Arrow he allowed RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson to produce air checks, just one example of Hudson’s amiable nature to those across the radio business.

His time in L.A. came after on-air experience at radio stations in San Diego and Denver, notably “KS104” and KKHK “The Hawk” in the mid-1990s. He began his career as a programming intern in January 1986 at KOAQ “Q103” in Denver for Belo Broadcasting.

 

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