Aloha To Four, With Translator Six-Pack In Return


The Aloha Station Trust, formed by iHeartMedia more than a decade ago when predecessor Clear Channel Communications went private with Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital Partners, is sending a quartet of full-power FMs to Educational Media Foundation.

In return, the trust is getting six FM translators in a swap arrangement submitted via a Form 345 filing with the Commission on Monday (3/4).

There is no cash being traded.

Going to EMF are:

  • WEKL-FM 102.3 in Augusta, GA
  • WLRX-FM 107.1, serving the Huntington-Ashland, W. Va., market
  • WSFF-FM & WSNZ-FM in the Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va., market

In exchange, iHeart’s Trust is earning translators in several large markets.

In Pittsburgh, W292DH at 106.3 MHz will simulcast ESPN Radio affiliate WBGG-AM 970.

Oklahoma City-licensed K253BV is at 98.5 MHz, while iHeart-operated W248BQ at 97.5 MHz now falls under the O&O category.

In Shoreview, Minn., W277BF at 103.3 FM serves the Minneapolis market.

Meanwhile, Memphis-based W221CR at 92.1 MHz is now going to iHeart, as is Carmel Valley, Calif.-based K266BD at 101.1 MHz, serving Monterey, Calif.


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