Northwest Arkansas is a growing Hispanic hub: the Latino population in the Nielsen Audio-defined metro is 14.3%. As such, having a radio station serving Spanish-speakers here may be of value. That's the case for Edward and Leticia Vega. They've just swapped an AM with an FM translator in Tulsa for a similar operation in the heart of this fast-growing Arkansas region.
The first Monday of July 2020 arrived with no new radio or TV station transactions posted by the FCC in its CDBS. As such, the focus today is on STAs and closings, which include a Honolulu property, and a Seven Mountains Media FM translator tied to a big Southern Tier cluster realignment for the company led by Kristin Cantrell.
It may be a holiday in Canada, but things are particularly quiet at the FCC as the start of the 2021 fiscal year gets underway for many companies. July 1 saw the posting by the Commission of just two newly consummated transactions. Both deals involve noncommercial FM radio stations.
Go to the city of Pittsburg, Tex., and you'll find a Class A noncomm offering Christian-themed music. It also airs on a FM translator serving nearby Mt. Pleasant, Tex. That will soon change, however, as the translator has just been sold.
Until the end of 2019, an FM translator in Lumberton, N.C., had been relaying the programming of WHQR Public Media in Wilmington, N.C. That relationship has officially ended, thanks to the facility's sale to a different NPR Member group.
A low-power TV station in the city known for Genesee Beer and Kodak is being spun by Tri-State Christian TV. Who's the buyer?
In April, Janet and Jeff Winemiller made news by making a trade with Marquee Broadcasting that saw their Lowcountry 34 Media become the licensee of a low-power TV property in Delaware's state capital. “We are happy to add WEVD to our other LPTV stations in Myrtle Beach, and in LaGrange and Savannah, Georgia,” Jeff Winemiller said at the time. He's just sold it.
Good news and great Gospel music. That's been the brand promise of a Class B AM serving Grand Island, Neb., since a February 2008 transaction that brought the facility into The Praise Network family. Twelve years later, the AM -- now with an FM translator giving the station some "revitalization" -- are being spun.
In March 2015, a collection of low-power TV stations in Texas, Florida and South Carolina was spun by DTV America Corp. for $152,000. Fast-forward five years later, and just one of those 38 properties has fetched a price that is significantly higher than the value of that entire 2015 deal.
Across the Pacific Northwest, Alexandra Communications, under the direction of Thomas and Cheryl Hodgins, has operated a collection of AMs, FMs and FM translators in such locales as Walla Walla, Wash., and Burns, Ore., in the center of the state along U.S. 20. Now, the Hodgkins are saying goodbye to Burns. The buyer? It's another mom-and-pop shop.
On January 31, RBR+TVBR first reported on a lease-to-buy arrangement that eventually hands ownership of a Class C3 Classic Rocker serving the Duluth, Minn.-Superior, Wisc. market to one of the biggest local media companies in the U.S. On Tuesday, the wheels were put in motion to sell this station to Townsquare Media.
In February 2019, RBR+TVBR reported on the loss of NPR's lone member station in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, effectively leaving market No. 56 without a public radio property offering non-secular programming. Now, it appears a different market in the Lone Star State is getting an NPR member station of its own.
Educational Media Foundation continues to build its nationwide network of Christian music noncommercial networks. This time, it is expanding in a Wyoming town where it is formally acquiring an FM translator used for its worship music offering.
With no new transactions posted Friday by the FCC, the focus is instead on new Special Temporary Authority applications with the Commission. There are three of them, including one in the Motor City.
While the Phoenix market is famous for its South Mountain tower farm, there's another peak used by broadcast media as its transmitter home. That's Shaw Butte, a popular hiking site in north Phoenix. Here, an FM translator has been rebroadcasting a "relevant" AM's Christian-themed programming via an LMA. A lease-to-purchase conversion is now underway.