On April 30, Carl Lamm officially said goodbye to the radio industry. That's when an agreement was struck that saw his Lamm Media Group sell a Class D daytimer and its FM translator -- a move that came one month after Lamm retired, concluding an incredible career in radio.
A pair of closings in the American Southwest have transpired, each involving FMs. One deal involves an Arizona FM in which Kalil & Co. served as the broker of record -- a deal in its hometown. The other involves a 23.5kw facility known to listeners as the "Red Dirt Rebel."
Where I-75, I-10, U.S. Highway 41 and U.S. 90 all converge is Lake City, Fla., a small community due west of Jacksonville and north of Gainesville. Here, a silent 5kw FM put into receivership is set to come back to life, under new ownership.
To the southwest of the Rose City, a Class B AM serving Yamhill County, Ore., is "redefining AM radio" with syndicated morning hosts Bob & Sheri and a mix of local programs across the day. Now, it is being purchased by an Indiana-based individual.
Who knew that there was a town in Alabama due west of Fort Rucker and Enterprise, within the Dothan DMA, called Opp? Here, a Class A FM that happens to share its call sign with a television station in Miami is trading hands.
For more than a year, a New Freedom, Pa.-based company has gained notice for its purchase of radio stations in locales across Pennsylvania. This includes deals involving Connoisseur Media and Jeff Andrulonis. Now, this licensee is getting another property: A Class D serving a community due west of Penn State University.
Since 1950, Furniture City Broadcasting Corp. has served the Michigan city of Grand Rapids with Christian-themed programming. Doing so involves a heritage AM, and a Class B FM at 102.9 MHz. The FM has just been sold, to a much bigger non-secular operator.
On Nov. 6, 2019, Salem Media Group made two revelations. First, the company focused on Christian-themed and conservative talk radio programming said it had to delay the release of its Q3 2019 earnings. Second, it said it was selling an AM radio station in a suburb of Orlando, Fla. Salem on Monday completed the sale of that Central Florida facility.
FM translators in Houston have value, in particular to the South Asian community. In December 2019, Masala Radio agreed to pay over $1 million for K254BZ, covering towns some 18 miles to the southwest of Houston’s downtown core. Now, another translator serving this area of the metropolitan area is trading hands, and targeting South Asians is the likely plan.
In April 2015, RBR+TVBR reported on the sale of a full-power TV station serving Fresno valued at $3 million. It saw the station, in a deal brokered by Kalil & Co., transfer to Aperio Communications. Now, the company has decided to sell the station, putting MyNetwork TV affiliation in California's Central Valley in question. The price was made public on Aug. 12.
When it comes to independent radio broadcasters in major U.S. markets, Saul Levine is one of the last men standing. His Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters continues to own and operate properties in Los Angeles, and until now his station roster included a silent AM serving the Monterey Bay area. Levine is now donating the facility.
In late May, a recently formed entity forged in Upstate New York between Ricki Lee and Aaron Ishmael, agreed to acquire a pair of FM radio stations in the Knoxville market. The deal has now closed, and formally transfers to the business partners assets that once belonged to a man also known for his ownership of the last big-watt "B/EZ" FM station in a top 100 market
In recent years, tuning to Channel 32 in Columbus, Ohio, would have yielded the Movies! affiliate, with the Weigel diginet siblings Heroes & Icons and Start TV networks on its DT signals. Now, the low-power TV station is being sold to a religious broadcaster that's held a Time Brokerage Agreement for the facility since 2019.
Since December 1994, New Mexico's largest market has been home to a commercially licensed FM offering bible teaching and modern worship over its Class C2 signal licensed to the town of Armijo. Soon, the programming on this station will change, but it will remain committed to serving a Christian audience. And, it will do so under BBN ownership.
On Sept. 25, 2017, a new AM radio station licensed for broadcast at 1490 MHz in Santa Clara, Utah — and an associated FM translator it sought in the FCC’s recent Auction 99 — traded hands. Now, those properties and a second FM translator are heading to a new owner.