Station buyer taking the slow lane to grouphood


Ortega LLC has an AM station, KIGO, in St. Anthony ID, and an FM translator in Idaho Falls. A newly-filed deal will add three stations in three different states, but licensee principal Albino Ortega will have to put them on the air himself.

None of the three CPs even have call letters yet.

The seller is RAMS III, which will transfer CPs in Billings MT and Mills WY; and RAMS II, which is transferring a CP in Providence UT. Joan K. Reynolds is principal of both permittees.

The price will be $15K. The contract calls for the full amount to be placed in escrow, to be released to the seller at closing.

Ortega noted his lack of stations in Billings, Casper WY (the Mills CP) and Salt Lake City (Providence is to the north of the city) to explain the lack of local ownership cap implications presented by the transaction.

The Billings CP is headed for 1530 kHz with 50 kW-D, 10 kW-CH and 750 W-N. Only the day signal is non-directional.

The AM in Mills will be on 1560 kHz, with 10 kW-D, 1 kW-CH and 500 W-N, and likewise is non-directional only while the sun is shining.

In Providence, the station will be found on 1090 kHz, with 5 kW-D, 250 W-N, DAN.