The journey of KMJK-FM and KCHZ-FM away from and back to Cumulus was mostly a matter of paperwork – they have essentially been part of a six-station Cumulus Kansas City superduopoly all along. Now they’re officially on their way back into the fold.
The stations, along with two in Texas (KFNC-FM Beaumont and KHJK-FM La Porte), were sent into a group managed by AR Broadcasting LLC, headed by Larry Patrick of Patrick Communications. It was all part of a financial restructuring plan.
Cumulus has been running the stations all along under a Management Agreement that gave the group control of most of the stations’ programming.
The price to bring the duo back into the fold will be $16.75M cash.
The resulting cluster looks like this:
* KMJK-FM: Urban Class C2 licensed to Kansas City MO on 107.3 MHz with 100 kW @ 981’
* KCHZ-FM: CHR Class C1 licensed to Ottawa KS on 95.7 MHz with 96 kW @ 981’
* KCFX-FM: Classic Rock Class C0 licensed to Harrisonville MO on 101.1 MHz with 97 kW @ 1,099’
* KCJK-FM: Jack Class C1 licensed to Garden City MO on 105.1 MHz with 72 kW @ 1,135’
* KCMO-FM: Classic Hits Class C0 licesned to Shawnee KS on 94.9 MHz with 100 kW @ 1,119’
* KCMO-AM: News-Talk Class B licensed to Kansas City MO on 710 kHz with 10 kW-D, 5 kW-N, DA2.
All of the stations have competive Kansas City signals. KCHZ also projects a signal over Topeka KS to the west.