Cape Cod Translator Trio Grabbed By Garabedian


In September 1987, a veteran air personality took to the airwaves with a Saturday night all-request program at WXKS-FM “Kiss 108” in Boston. Named Open House Party, the show became a smash hit for the then 45-year-old talent who in 1971 was Program Director of Top 40 WMEX in Boston.

While this gave John Garabedian newfound life as a nationally known DJ, from 1969 he had also been a radio station owner. In the late 1970s, he added a second station — in Nantucket.

Some 40 years later, Garabedian is grabbing FM signals again — this time through his company CodComm.

According to an Asset Purchase Agreement filed Tuesday (2/5) with the FCC, Hyannis, Mass.-based CodComm, for which Garabedian serves as President, is acquiring three FM translators from Nantucket Public Radio.

The facilities are:

  • W300BE, at 107.9 MHz, in Vineyard Haven
  • W230AW, at 93.9 MHz, in Hyannis
  • W263CU, at 100.5 MHz, in Hyannis

W230AW rebroadcasts WFRQ-FM 93.5 in Harwich Point, bringing “Cape Cod’s Greatest Hits” on “Frank FM” to the western portion of the region.

W263CW and W300BE rebroadcast Class A WKFY-FM 98.7 in East Harwich, widening the coverage area of Oldies “Koffee.”

The feeds are taken from HD signals assigned to WPXC-FM 102.9, CodComm’s Class B1 Rock station in Hyannis, Mass.

How much is Garabedian paying for ownership of the translators, which he is already using?

It’s a bargain at $11,250.

Serving as the legal counsel in this transaction, representing Garabedian, is Melodie Virtue of Garvey Schubert Barer.

Garabedian took on ownership of WPXC and WFRQ in May 2012, grabbing them in an auction of the former Nassau Broadcasting‘s assets. WFKY debuted in August 2013.