Liberman spins off Houston-area FM


There will be plenty of programming to go around for fans of Liberman Broadcasting Inc. in the Houston market after its sale of KNTE-FM El Campo TX hits the finish line. But it marks yet another instance where a station in the commercial band is going to a non-profit licensee.

The station is headed for KSBJ Educational Foundation, headed by Chairman Randy Schroeder. The Foundation has six Texas FMs and a CP for another, including three in the Houston area, broadcasting a Christian format.
The price is $2.1M cash, including a $210K escrow deposit.

LBI has numerous other stations in the area, starting with KZJL-TV. According to its website, its remaining radio properties include KJOJ AM & FM, KTJM-FM, KQQK-FM, KXGJ-FM, KIOX-FM, KQUE-AM, KEYH-AM & KSEV-AM.

The KSBJ Houston-area quartet is one of the oddest Class C groupings you will likely ever see – the buyer will have a Class C0, a C1, and C2 and a C3.

The C0 is the station being bought, KNTE-FM. It operates with 100 kW @ 1,476’, and emanates from the southwest of Houston, failing to get there with its main contour.

In fact, the only station that does get there is KSBJ-FM, the C1 coming in from city of license Humble TX on 89.3 MHz with 100 kW @ 837’.

The other two stations, like KNTE, are to the south/southwest of the city. KYBJ-FM Lake Jackson is the C3, on 91.1 MHz with 17.5 kW @ 285’, and KZBJ-FM Bay City is the C2, on 89.5 MHz with 35 kW @ 479’.