Less ‘KLove’ Brings BBN To Lumberton

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In April 2018, a historically African American institute of higher learning sold its 50kw Class C2 facility serving the eastern portion of the Triangle region of North Carolina, in addition to three FM translators.


The buyer was Educational Media Foundation. Now, it is spinning one of those translators to another major broadcast ministry.

EMF in 2018 obtained WSHA-FM 88.9, licensed to Raleigh, as well as W271BT, in Rocky Mount; W280EP, in Lumberton; and W272DD, in Fayetteville, N.C.

But, it already has a full-power FM in Lumberton in WFVL-FM 102.3.

This gave EMF an opportunity to spin W280EP at 103.9 MHz.

Enter Bible Broadcasting Network Inc., which is buying the translator for an undisclosed price.

This will allow BBN to use it to rebroadcast Class A WYBH-FM 91.1 in Fayetteville.

Serving as BBN’s legal counsel is Gary Smithwick of Smithwick & Belendiuk.

Signing off on the deal for EMF is new CEO Jon Reeves.

As has been the case in most EMF deals in recent memory, Wilkinson Barker Knauer partner David Oxenford served as its legal counsel in this transaction.