Michael and Silberberg swap FMs in SD-WY border area


DealSteven Silberberg will strengthen his holdings in the South Dakota side of the state line, while Victor Michael strengthens his holdings on the Wyoming side and his bank account, too.

Silberberg’s Bad Lands Broadcasting Company will end up with two stations that get a signal into Rapid City SD, joining another already in the fold that just misses; while Michael’s Laramie Mountain Broadcasting picks up two to the east of the Cheyenne market.

One of the stations Bad Lands will get is KFMH-FM Belle Fourche, a Class C on 101.9 MHz with 100 kW @ 1,490’. According to documents filed with the transaction application, Bad Lands has had a stated intent to acquire the station since 6/27/05 and has been running the station in an LMA since 8/2/06.

The other station is KRKI-FM, which just changed its city of license to Keystone SD. It’s a Class C1 with 100 kW @ 735’ and hits Rapid City from a signal centered to the west. Silberberg already has KHAD-FM Upton WY, which has a CP to provide Class C service on 104.5 MHz with 85 kW @ 1,572. Located to the west of Rapid City, its primary contour will stop just short of the city.

In exchange, Michael will get KKAW-FM Albin WY, a Class C3 on 107.3 MHz with 9.3 kW @ 249’; and KREO-FM Pine Bluffs WY, a Class A on 105.3 MHz with 6 kW @ 249. KKAW is located to the northeast of Cheyenne, and KREO is due east. A thorough look at the overlap implications on Michael’s complete portfolio will be filed with the FCC as an amendment to the application.

Michael will also receive $100K cash.

One technical note: the license company that is cited as the seller of KRKI is not Laramie Mountain, it’s Michael Radio Group. And the licensee cited as the seller of KKAW and KREO is not Bad Lands, it’s Brahmin Broadcasting Corporation.