For a generation of rock and roll lovers, the call letters KMET still bring back loving memories of an Album-Oriented Rock station that signed off the air on Feb. 14, 1987. The call letters made their way to an AM with 1kw in the Inland Empire of California. It also has an FM translator. Now, this KMET is being spun as part of a family deal involving Monte and Doris Miller.
On April 20, a Class D daytimer in the Charlotte market and its FM translator at 101.5 MHz left the airwaves permanently. The silence of this religious broadcast facility came more than seven years after the 2013 passing of its owner, with a trustee appointed to handle his estate. Why? The trustee has found a buyer for the properties, including a second FM translator.
A group of radio stations serving the Albany, Ga., market has been transferred to a West Virginia LLC led jointly by Rick Lambert and Charles Spencer III. The deal will see the departure from the market of a company that famously parted ways with such storied stations as WRQX-FM in Washington, D.C.; WPLJ in New York and KLOS in Los Angeles in recent months.
In January 2019, WBSJ-FM -- the Ball State University-owned noncomm serving a small section of east-central Indiana -- signed off the air. The move was the result of a transmitter failure, and the school's decision to not make the repairs. Now, WBSJ is set to receive a new lease on life.
Travel south of Pueblo, Colo., and you'll reach Colorado City, where a Class C1 FM has been airing a Country format. Now, the future of this station will soon be in the hands of a new owner.
All's quiet on the transactions front. There were no new deals posted on the FCC database Friday. But, there is a request for a silent STA extension -- and a new STA application -- both worth noting. Each of the requests involve Cumulus Media.
All is forgiven, financially speaking, for a broadcast ministry that owed another religiously minded entity a few thousand dollars. The outstanding loan has been erased. But, this results in an asset exchange agreement involving a Southern New Jersey property.
Take a drive along U.S. 74 in North Carolina, and you may just spot a two-tower array while stopping at Pelican's SnoBalls for some "original New Orleans shaved ice." The towers are tied to a Class B AM serving Gaston County since the 1950s. Now, this non-secular operation is trading hands.
In April 2018, a historically African American institute of higher learning sold its Class C2 FM serving the eastern portion of the Triangle region of North Carolina, in addition to three FM translators, to Educational Media Foundation. Now, EMF has closed on the spin of one of those translators to another major non-commercial religious broadcasting entity.
Troy, Ala., is the home of Troy University. It's also one of three main municipalities where a daytime-only AM radio station offering Urban Contemporary hits -- mainly via its FM translator -- can be tuned to. The facilities have just been sold.
Idaho non-profit religious radio operation Edgewater Broadcasting has largely been selling off its assets, primarily many of its FM translators across the country. Now, it is engaging in an asset swap. It makes perfect sense. The station Edgewater is getting airs programming it produces and supplies from its Twin Falls headquarters.
Tune to 97.9 MHz in the city of Raleigh, N.C., and you'll hear hip-hop music. It's an FM translator tied to a 500-watt daytime-only AM station that barely reaches the Durham portion of the market. Now, the AM and the FM translator are being sold by the university that has owned them to the entity that's been operating the facilities.
Travel to the northwest of Lansing, and you'll reach the city of Hubbardston. Here, a Class A FM recently signed on the air. Now, it is trading hands, some nine months after an agreement had initially been reached.
A decade ago, a limited liability company was formed to serve as a consulting firm in the acquisition and sales of radio and TV stations. This led to the purchase of a television station in Springfield, Mo. Today, this company is expanding by grabbing a MeTV affiliated LPTV station serving The Ozarks region.
Travel to the east of Findlay, Ohio, and you'll find the small city of Tiffin. It is home to two universities, a glass museum that pays homage to Tiffin's past, and the historic Ritz Theater. It's also home to a Class D AM with a FM translator offering Oldies programming, which officially has a new owner — some five years after the sale process began.