New Life Ahead For ‘Nueva Vida’ In Idaho

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In Idaho’s Treasure Valley sits the town of Ontario, and it is home to a Class D AM that scrapes the Boise, Idaho metropolitan area, located to the south.


The AM has an FM translator that serves Ontario, and both are being sold to an entity that owns the former Adelante Media Group properties in the Boise market.

It’s the key deal of the day for RBR+TVBR‘s TRANSACTIONS TODAY.

RANCHO EXPANDS WITH KWEI

The Ontario, Idaho radio station trading hands is KWEI-AM 1260, licensed to Weiser, and its FM translator at 99.9 MHz, K260CU. 

The seller is a company known more for buying stations in recent months than for its divesting: Educational Media Foundation.

EMF has used the facilities for its Spanish-language religious “Radio Nueva Vida” noncommercial network. Whether that network remains on the stations is now up to Radio Rancho LLC, the entity led by Montana-based broadcaster Kevin Terry.

Radio Rancho is paying $20,000 for KWEI-AM and K260CU, and will “assign and convey to EMF a specific Harris HT-30 transmitter as already inspected by the seller.” Radio Rancho is responsible for the costs associated with delivering the transmitter to a site to be determined by EMF.

KWEI-AM and the 99.9 MHz translator will join KDBI-AM & FM in Homedale-Boise, and KPDA-FM in Mountain Home.

KDBI-FM is regional Mexican as “La Gran D,” and was known as KQTA under prior owner Adelante and, before that, Bustos Media. KPDA is also regional Mexican, as “La Poderosa,” and was sold to Terry’s JLD Media by Impact Radio Group for $200,000 in spring 2015.

 

 

In other TRANSACTIONS TODAY:

  • Nevada Public Radio has been heard in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., via FM translator K285CP at 104.9 MHz, just north of Bishop. The translator is being sold by Greg Bowles to Gerren Philbrook for $25,000. A $1,000 deposit has been made to Bowles. Then, a payment of $1,800 will be made to Steve Register. The remaining payment will be made to Charles Contreras.
  • Class B WJAY-AM 1280 in Mullins, S.C., is being sold by The Greater Highway Church of Christ Association to Door of Hope Christian Church for $60,000. A 10% earnest money deposit has been made to the seller. The transaction includes the land and building associated with the station, and its license, inventory, music library and contracts.
  • In a Form 314 filing with no written agreement submitted, Martin Hensley’s Hoosier Public Radio Corp. is transferring the licenses of WTRE-FM 89.9 in Greensburg, Ind., and WHUZ-FM 88.5 in Cole, Ind., to New Beginnings Movement Inc. Hensley is a 25% member of New Beginnings. There is no cash consideration involved in this license transfer.