Texas Deal Sees Eagle Flight, To God’s Delight


At 92.3 MHz on the dial, a Class C2 FM serving the Lake Livingston area to the north of the Houston metropolitan area had been pumping out Classic Rock tunes as “The Eagle.”

That changed one week ago, thanks to a pair of transactions that have just been finalized. One sees this big FM becoming part of a highly successful Christian Contemporary Music FM made famous by its “God Listens” marketing campaign. The other sees the longtime GM of The Eagle agree to acquire an AM with an FM translator — facilities where The Eagle has flown to.

In the first deal, which sees Greg Guy and Jason James of Patrick Communications serve as the broker, KSBJ Educational Foundation is purchasing KETX-FM in Livingston, Tex., from Telecom Supply Inc. for $385,000.

KSBJ is a Houston-based CCM leader led by President/CEO Joe Paulo. The station’s programming can be heard on Class A KWUP-FM 92.5 in Navasota, serving the Bryan-College Station, Tex., market; and on Class C0 100kw KXBJ-FM 96.9 in El Campo, which covers much of the Victoria, Tex., market area.

With KETX, the KSBJ brand effectively extends to Lufkin, as the station’s signal reaches this Texas community.

Class C1 KSBJ-FM cannot reach beyond the southern edge of Lake Livingston.

A $50,000 escrow deposit is being held by Fletcher Heald & Hildreth on behalf of Telecom Supply, a Bedford, NH-based licensee led by Deborah Rand.

In addition to KSBJ, the Foundation since fall 2010 has operated a Christian Hip-Hop network under the “NGEN” branding, airing on stations including KXNG-FM 91.7 in Humble, Tex., serving Beaumont-Port Arthur.

While an LMA put KSBJ on KETX starting June 7, “The Eagle” shifted to KETX-AM 1440. With this move, Livingston Communications is selling its interest in the Class D facility, which uses 1 tower for 5kw during daylight hours and 91 watts at night, to Ken Luck.

Luck has been the KETX Station Manager since 2002.

“It has always been my dream to own and operate the local Livingston radio station,” Luck said. “This agreement is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication. Throughout the years, LivCom has supported me in growing The Eagle and has been critical in providing the resources to make this station great. Along with the support from my sponsors, we have been able to provide everything from local sports broadcasting to fantastic events. Now, LivCom has given me the opportunity to utilize an FCC permit that will allow me to take The Eagle’s classic rock content and get it back on the FM.”

How so? It sees the FCC’s OK to launch an FM translator at 102.3 MHz.

“For now, listeners can find us on AM 1440 until we make the switch back to FM,” Luck confirmed.

LivCom GM Jeff Wolf added, “Ken and LivCom have always been great business partners. Ken understands our commitment to the community and we are thrilled that all of our efforts can result in Ken’s new adventure.”