A Phoenix AM Heads Into Receivership … Again


For the second time in nearly six years, the license for an AM radio station in the Phoenix market is heading to a court-appointed receiver.

It’s the latest chapter in a hard luck story involving an operation that in April 2017 claimed a full-power FM’s interference claims against its first-adjacent FM translator were “invalid” and, in February 2019 shut down due to the loss of a tower lease.

On April 11, 2019, Jacob Barker-controlled Gabrielle Broadcasting filed a Notification of Suspended Operations and request for a silent STA with the FCC for KXEG-AM 1280 in Phoenix.

With 1 tower along U.S. 60 to the northwest of Central Phoenix, KXEG is licensed for 2.5kw during daytime hours and 49 watts at night. It’s been silent for 11 months, and Barker says it is the result of the sale of the property where the station’s tower is located. At the time, Barker said he was exploring options for the relocation of the station’s tower site.

Those plans didn’t pan out.

On Tuesday (1/7), the Superior Court of the State of Arizona appointed Media Services Group Director Stephan Sloan the receiver for Gabrielle Broadcasting and its two related LLCs.

As a result, the Providence, R.I.-based Sloan is now overseeing the operations of KXEG and FM translator K241CS at 96.1 MHz in Phoenix, ahead of their eventual sale to a new owner.

Interested buyers are asked to contact Sloan at [email protected].

Losing control of KXEG and the FM translator comes following the April 2017 efforts by Barker to get the FCC to consider his belief that an FM translator’s alleged interference of an FM signal is “invalid” and entitled to no consideration.

Barker’s request was based on his assertion that the station making the complaints — Barna Broadcasting‘s Class C3 KSWG-FM 96.3 in Wickenburg, Ariz. — was operating with unauthorized facilities.

As RBR+TVBR reported in November 2016, Gabrielle Broadcasting Licensee I LLC and Sewanee Phoenix Licensee collectively acquired what is now K241CS from Fred Hannel of Scottsdale, Ariz.

The situation for KXEG has been less than positive for years. Six years ago, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado appointed Robert Maccini and Media Services Group as the Chief Transition Officer of Communicom Broadcasting.

This led to the May 31, 2014 auction of its stations, which included KXEG.