More than meets the eye in KKAT deal


The recently filed transaction sending Salt Lake City-serving KKAT-FM Orem UT from a Citadel Broadcasting trust to Educational Media Foundation comes with a construction permit that will move the station’s transmitter 30 miles north from Lake Mountain, down near Orem, to a site at Farnsworth Peak.

From the new site, KKAT will operate as a full Class C facility with a signal equivalent to the market’s leading stations. “Farnsworth is the primo site for SLC’s FM & TV stations, and is vastly superior to Lake Mountain,” said Hoffman Schutz Media Capital’s David Schutz.

The power of the station will drop from 45 kW to 22 kW, but the HAAT will increase dramatically, from 2,851′ to 4,078′, according to the FCC’s technical database.  But due to normal factors involved in calculating HAAT, the station’s antenna will actually be 5,000′ above downtown Salt Lake City.

EMF is getting the station from Wasatch Radio LLC as Trustee tended by Scott Knoblauch on behalf of Citadel. The price is $5.75M, with an EMF opportunity to enjoy a $250K discount if it pays the entire amount in cash at closing.

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