‘Red Dirt Rebel’ Ditches Original FM Facility


A Class C2 facility serving the Lubbock, Tex., market, has gained notoriety for its programming focused on the “red dirt” genre of Country music, featuring acts such as Cody Johnson, Rob Baird, Jason Boland and Aaron Watson.

Now, music fans that gained a new over-the-air home for their favorite tunes in 2013 will no longer have a simulcast.

According to a broker announcement distributed Monday (2/11) ahead of an asset purchase agreement filing with the FCC, KJDL-FM 105.3, a 23.5kw facility licensed to Levelland, Tex., is being spun by Walker Broadcasting & Communications.

That’s the company led by David Walker, which in June 2013 purchased KRBL-FM 105.7 in  is licensed to Idalou, Tex., for $300,000.

At the time, KRBL was a Class A and had a primary contour reaching only the eastern half of the Lubbock market.

Nearly six years later, KRBL is a 25kw Class C3 facility with a city-grade signal over most of Lubbock.

With the upgrade came the official shift of “Red Dirt Rebel” from KJDL to KRBL, and as such KJDL is no longer needed, it appears.

Walker is selling the facility to Christian Ministries of the Valley Inc., and a plan to convert KJDL to noncommercial status is likely in the works.

The price Walker is selling KJDL for is $312,500.

Jason James of Patrick Communications served as the exclusive broker in this transaction.

The “Red Dirt Rebel” Texas Country format dates to 2009.