Kicking grandpa out of the house


We can now identify to fallout from the 452.1M Clear Channel/GoodRadio.TV multimarket radio group deal. The change in ownership wiped out Clear Channel's grandfather clause, affecting some oversized clusters that were vestiges of the old contour overlap method of calculating market size. We now have a list that includes 13 orphaned stations in eight markets. Dean Goodman's group has sent the stations to a trust under the care and feeding of Matthew Leibowitz, who will be in charge of finding buyers. The prospective seller made a contractual nod to the FCC's diversity concerns, including language that stated, "GoodRadio.TV encourages the Trustee to use commercially reasonable efforts to identify new entrants…as possible third-party buyers of the Stations." Here's what has been put on the shelves:

  • Huntington WV-Ashland KY: WIRO-AM/WBKS-FM (Ironton OH), WZZW-AM (Milton WV)
  • Salisbury-Ocean City MD: WLBW-FM (Fenwick Island DE), WDKZ-FM (Salisbury MD)
  • Lima OH: WBUK-FM (Ottawa OH)
  • Minot ND: KRRZ-AM (Minot ND)
  • Bismarck ND: KBMR-AM (Bismarck ND)
  • Bangor ME: WFZX-FM (Searsport ME), WGUY-FM (Dexter ME)
  • Eau Claire WI: WQRB-FM (Bloomer WI), WISM-FM (Altoona WI)
  • Laurel-Hattiesburg MS: WUSW-FM (Hattiesburg MS)