Pirkle Picks Up A Silent Stick In Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE — Along Strawberry Plains Pike on the east side of the Holston River sits a dormant 10kw Class D daytimer that until recently was the home of a Sports format powered by SB Nation Radio.


It is one step closer to returning to the air, as the station is being traded to an entity wholly controlled by John Pirkle. 

Pirkle is the owner of Oak Ridge FM Inc., licensee of FM translators in the Tennessee towns of Rockford and Seymour.

Pirkle is also the licensee of Class A Alternative WNFZ-FM “94Z” in Powell, Tenn., which serves the Knoxville market.

Now, Pirkle — a Knoxville radio veteran who acquired WNFZ in 1974 and enjoyed successful on-air stints at then-Top 40 WNOX-AM 990 and WOKI-FM “I-100” — is acquiring WVLZ-AM 1180 in Knoxville from Kirkland Wireless Broadcasters.

The purchase price is $30,000, with a $5,000 deposit paid in early February; while the asset purchase agreement is dated Feb. 1, a Form 314 filing with the Commission did not take place until Thursday (3/29).

There is no broker associated with this transaction.