Tidewater Disney deal details emerge


A question was answered about the deal in which Radio Disney is returning WHKT-AM Portsmouth to Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting, who it bought it from back in 2002. WHKT is one of the relatively new expanded band AM stations, licensed north of 1600 kHz, formerly the uppermost extremity of the AM band. It operates on 1650.

The question involved the fate of WRJR-AM, the 1010 kHz AM station upon which the existence of WHKT was premised. It is also one of the few old-band AM stations that has been allowed to continue beyond the five year side-by-side operation plan that was part of the AM band expansion program.

Chesapeake-Portsmouth has been running WRJR in an LMA all along. And according to the contract, it will take over the license, ending the LMA via acquisition.

Also, according to the filing, the only other station in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News market considered part of this cluster is WTJZ-AM.

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