For more than a year, a New Freedom, Pa.-based company led by Robert Lowe has gained notice for its purchase of radio stations in locales across Pennsylvania. This includes deals involving Connoisseur Media and Jeff Andrulonis, as well as a forlorn AM that had been left for dead by its bankrupt newspaper publishing parent.
Now, Lowe’s company is getting another property: A Class D serving a community due west of Penn State University.
For $95,000, Bob Lowe and his Twilight Broadcasting are set to become the new owners of WPHB-AM 1260 in Phillipsburg, Pa.
The station is being sold by Magnum Broadcasting, headed by Michael Stapleford.
WPHB uses 1 tower for 5kw during daylight hours and 34 watts at night.
The deal includes an unbuilt FM translator, W281CB at 104.1 MHz.
A 10% escrow deposit is being held by the seller.
There is no broker or finder associated with the deal.
Lowe’s legal counsel in this transaction is Scott Cinnamon.
Lowe recently made headlines for saving a heritage AM radio station in Reading, Pa.
On June 20, 2019, Twilight effectively became the white knight that saved WEEU-AM from eternal darkness. The Reading Eagle Company sold WEEU for an undisclosed price, thanks to an auction held for interested parties conducted by the company’s bankruptcy trustee.
The Eagle Company was acquired by MediaNews Group for a minimum bid of $5 million, following a Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing. However, MediaNews did not want the radio station. Its very existence was threatened.
Twilight also owns WKQW-AM & FM and FM translator W281CA in Oil City, Pa., to the southeast of Erie, and in November 2019 agreed to purchase WXMT-FM 106.3 in Smethport, Pa., and its booster serving the community of Bradford, Pa., from Andrulonis’ Colonial Media + Entertainment for $90,000.
This followed a September 2019 deal that saw Class B WBYN-AM 1160, licensed to Lehighton, Pa., go to Twilight from Connoisseur for $50,000.