Forever Furthers Its First State Foray


In late May, the radio broadcasting company owned by Kirby Confer and Donald Alt and managed by President/Manager Lynn Deppen grabbed a formidable group of stations across the First State and nearby environs.

Now, it is grabbing an FM translator poised to give a little “AM revitalization” to one of those stations acquired two months ago.

In a Form 345 filing made Wednesday (7/31), Ritmo Broadcasting is agreeing to sell FM translator W245CJ at 96.9 MHz in Wilmington, Del., to Forever Media.

The translator will be used to rebroadcast Class D WFAI-AM 1510 in Salem, N.J., airing a Gospel format targeting African-American audiences. It uses 4 towers for a 2.5kw daytime-only signal that has difficulty reaching Wilmington.

Now, there will be no static concerns for “Faith” fans in Delaware’s largest city.

WFAI was sold as part of a multi-station deal involving Steinman Communications.

This deal, for W245CJ, sees Ritmo earning $275,000 for its sale of the facility.

A $10,000 deposit has been made by Forever to Ritmo.

The sale will put an end to Tropical programming, as the translator was branded as “Ritmo 96.9.” Programming was fed from the HD3 signal tied to Beasley Media Group‘s WJBR-FM 99.5 in Wilmington, Del. At closing, the time brokerage agreement allowing Ritmo to use WJBR HD-3 will cease, ending an operation that began in January 2016.

Forever is also acquiring the seller’s tower lease with Boca Raton, Fla.-based Vertical Bridge.


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