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Connecticut AM Pair To Go Dark & Be Sold

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 07:48 AM PST

Sacred Heart University is turning off 1350 WNLK Norwalk and 1400 WSTC
Stamford CT and putting them up for sale. The two stations were part of the
Universitys Public News/Talk network that was also heard on 1260 WSHU
Westport CT, 1340 WYBC New Haven CT, 89.9 WSUF Noyack NY and 103.3 WQQQ
Sharon CT. The network claims that the WSTC/WNLK duo had less than 900
listeners combined. The Fairfield County region served by the stations will
still be served by WSHUs Talk/Classical service thats heard on 91.1 WSHU-FM
Fairfield and 90.1 W211AI Stamford. Sacred Heart intends to place the two
stations on the market for sale. The University purchased them in 2011 from
Cox Radio for $500,000. The WSHU Public Radio Group has announced that as
of Monday, Jan. 25, it will no longer broadcast on WSTC (1400 AM, Stamford)
and WNLK (1350 AM, Norwalk). These two AM stations are currently up for
sale. The Group will continue to broadcast the WSTC-WNLK program schedule
on Westport WSHU AM (1260) and New Haven-based WYBC AM (1340). Programming
on the Groups other 10 stations and translators in Connecticut and on Long
Island is not affected. WSTC and WNLK are among the smallest stations
within the Group’s holdings, and the most recently acquired. “This was a
strategic decision,” said WSHU General Manager George Lombardi. “We are a
non-profit organization and a community resource. We have a responsibility
to our supporters to make smart business decisions, and we have found that
it is not financially viable to operate these stations at this time.” WSHU
acquired WSTC and WNLK in early 2013, planning to use them as an
opportunity to offer local listeners the highly regarded public radio
programs the Group is known for, but with the added benefit of Fairfield
County-specific feature stories, weather, and traffic. Lombardi continued,
“We operate in highly competitive markets, and unfortunately, on average,
only about 900 listeners tune in to the combined AM stations. We haven’t
been able to grow listenership—or listener support—at the rate we had
hoped.” The Group has chosen to discontinue broadcasting on the AM stations
now, instead of waiting for the official sale, because on-air fundraising
is set to begin at the end of the month. “We never want to be in a position
where we ask listeners to contribute toward something that won’t be there
for them in the long term,” explained Lombardi. Tom Kuser, WSHU’s Program
Director and local host of the acclaimed newsmagazine Morning Edition, said
that there will be little impact on the amount of programs that the Group
provides the community. “Listeners can still enjoy all the in-depth local
coverage, NPR News, and highly regarded programs like Marketplace, Fresh
Air, and The Takeaway either via online streaming, or traditional radio
frequencies.” A complete list is available at

Shila Nathan Joins WNSH New York For Middays

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 07:06 AM PST

Cumulus Country Nash-FM 94.7 WNSH Newark NJ/New York has appointed Shila
Nathan as their new midday host. Nathan joins WNSH from Chicago where she
was most recently hosting afternoons at CBS Radios US 99.5 WUSN and takes
hole created by Kelly Fords move to the syndicated Americas Morning Show at
the beginning of the year. Before Chicago, Nathan spent the bulk of her
career in her native Pennsylvania including morning cohost positions at
94.1 WYSP and 96.5 WRDW-FM Philadelphia. She will begin at WNSH on Monday,
February 8. Cumulus Media announces that popular radio personality Shila
Nathan will sign on as host of Middays on WNSH/NASH 94.7 New York. Shila
debuts on NASH FM 94.7 New York on Monday, February 8, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00
p.m. She replaces Kelly Ford, who recently moved to Nashville as Co-Host of
America’s Morning Show. Shila comes to New York from Chicago, where she was
Afternoon Drive personality for CBS Chicago’s WUSN-FM/US99.5. Prior to
that, she held on-air posts at KWRZ-FM and WGGY-FM in Scranton, PA, and was
co-host of morning shows on WRDW-FM and on WYSP-FM in Philadelphia, where
she was a weekly TV contributor for Fox 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia”. She
began her career in 2005 at WKRZ-FM in Scranton, PA, as a producer and
on-air sidekick. Chad Lopez, Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus
Media New York said: “Shila is a tremendous talent. Her enthusiasm for the
Country format and listener is exactly what the NASH brand in New York
represents.*Were excited about the impact shes going to make in the
community and in the building!” John Foxx, Program Director for NASH FM
94.7 said: “Shila brings the energy, passion, and connection to Country
Music and the Lifestyle.*She is the perfect fit for NASH FM 94.7 NY!* Shila
is engaging and entertaining, has built relationships with the artists, and
the Tri State is going to fall in love with her.*Im beyond excited to have
her on the dial and in the hallways.” Shila said: “What an exciting and
unexpected opportunity at NASH FM 94.7 in New York City! Im so grateful
that I found an opportunity that brings me close to home and my family and
allows me to pursue my passion of radio on the worlds biggest platform. I
owe a big thanks to Mike McVay, Chad Lopez, John Foxx and to the entire
NASH FM crew! What a great time tobe in Country music!”

Station Sales Week Of 1/22: Lots Of Deals Before Translator Waiver Period

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 04:30 AM PST

Translator Sales Beasley Media purchases Hope Christian Churchs CP for 97.1
W246CT Salem NJ for $25,000. Beasley plans on moving W246CT to 104.9 in
Philadelphia with 99 watts rebroadcasting Brokered Talk 860 WWDB. Priority
Radio sells two translator CPs. 104.5 W283BY Toms River NJ goes to World
India Radio for $60,000 to rebroadcast 1310 WXMC Parsippany-Troy Hills NJ.
103.7 W279BA East New Market MD is sold to TLBC Holdings for $65,000 to
rebroadcast Spanish CHR La 1320 WVNZ Richmond VA on 101.7. Eastern Shore
Radio purchases 96.1 W241BZ Berryville VA from the Sister Sherry Lynn
Foundation for $40,000. W241BZ will be paired with 1330 WESR Olney-Onancock
in the AM translator waiver period. Priority Communications, Edgewater
Broadcasting and iHeartMedia made a three-way swap of translator
Construction Permits. Prioritys 104.5 W283BU Du Bois PA will go to
Edgewater, iHearts 94.9 W235BX Colliers WV goes to Priority, while
Edgewaters 100.3 K262CN Yuma AZ heads to iHeart. Maine Public Broadcasting
Network acquires 106.1 W291CO Bangor ME from the Estate of Dan Priestly for
$130,000. W291CO will rebroadcasting the Classical programming from 90.9
WMEH-HD2 Bangor. Vision Communications acquires 100.3 K262CF Kansas City KS
from EMF for $30,000. K262CF will be moved to Springfield MO to rebroadcast
Visions Conservative Talk 1340 KICK. EMF also sells the CP for 94.5 W233BZ
Nelsonville OH to WCLT Radio for $30,000 and will rebroadcast Sports 1430
WCLT Newark OH on 98.7. Prospect Communications sells 98.7 W254BW Mount
Pleasant TN to Flinn Broadcasting for $37,500 to rebroadcast Southern
Gospel 1240 WAVN Southaven MS/Memphis TN. Refuge Media Group sells a pair
on Minnesota translators. 100.5 K263AL Madison goes to Q Media Group for
$75,000 to rebroadcast Classic Country 1250 KCUE Red Wing. 103.9 W280AA
Silver Bay is sold to KM Broadcasting for $60,000 to rebroadcast News/Talk
1460 KDWA Hastings. First Ventures Capital Partners continues its sell-off
of its translator assets with three more sale filings. La Zeta 95.7 Inc.
purchases 91.7 K219LA (CP to move to 92.1) Parsons KS for $37,500. Mid-West
Family Broadcasting gains 91.9 W220DR (CP to move to 92.1) Neillsville WI
for $37,500. Starcom purchases 95.1 K236BB Fort Dodge IA for $39,450 to
rebroadcast 1150 KASM Albany MN. David Magnum, 49% percent owner of Sister
Grace Inc., is buying out partner Christopher Londos stake in the companys
eleven translators for $3000 each. The translators are 95.7 W239CD Beloit
WI, 96.1 W241BQ Watertown WI, 98.1 W251BU Racine WI, 99.5 W258CM Madison
WI, 103.1 W276CO Fond du Lac WI, 103.5 W278BQ Manitowoc WI, 103.9 W280EN
Rockford IL, 105.1 W286CH Coleman WI, 105.1 W286CO Port Washington WI,
105.3 K287BI Dumas AR and 107.9 W300CM Appleton WI. Town And Country
Broadcasting purchases 101.7 W269CM Paw Paw MI from Edgewater Broadcasting
for $32,000. W269CM will be moved to Ohio to rebroadcast either 1090 WKFI
Wilmington or 1130 WEDI Eaton. Fruit Broadcasting purchases the CP for
101.7 W269CQ Bloomer WI from David Stout for $40,000. W269CQ will
rebroadcast Standards 1450 WRCO Richland Center WI. Benne Broadcasting
acquires 102.9 K275CD Bolivar MO from Community Broadcasting for $25,000 to
rebroadcast Country 1200 KYOO Bolivar. Radio Elberton purchases Silent
105.3 W287CM (app to move to 99.7) Elberton GA from Georgia-Carolina
Radiocasting for $50,000. The buyer is in the process of acquiring 1400
WSGC and 105.3 WSGC-FM Elberton from the seller. Gradick Communications
buys 99.5 W258AM Five Points GA from Augusta Radio Fellowship for $25,000
to rebroadcast News/Talk 1330 WLBB Carrollton. Hispanic Family Christian
Network sells the CP for 104.3 K282BK Placerville CA to Edgewater
Broadcasting for $40,000. Clarke Broadcasting acquires 102.7 K274CG Sonora
CA from Discover Life Seventh Day Adventist Church for $5000. K274CG will
rebroadcast the buyers News/Talk 1450 KVML Sonora. Station Sales
Educational Media Foundation is donating 1290 WCCC West Hartford CT to
University of Northwestern St. Paul. The recipient, who owns Christian
stations in eight Upper Midwest markets, will use WCCC as a satellite of
Christian Preaching Faith Radio 900 KTIS Minneapolis. Mapleton
Communications sells Adult Standards 1050 The Key KEYF Dishpan/Spokane WA
to Thomas Reads Liberty Broadcasting System for $125,000. Mapleton will
retain the KEYF call letters and intellectual property of the station.
Liberty owns Christian 106.5 KSPO Dishman and Standards/Conservative Talk
630 KTRW Opportunity in the Spokane market. Delma Patrick Dixons Clinton
Sampson Radio Company sells Oldies/Beach 1170 WCLN Clinton NC to Karen Ann
Davis for $312,500. San Antonio based Texas Public Radio acquires Silent
1450 KCTI Gonzales TX from Gonzales Communications for $90,000. KCTI will
become a satellite of Public News/Talk 89.1 KSTX San Antonio.

Flood Rebrands Nebraska Trio

Posted: 21 Jan 2016 01:01 PM PST

Flood Communications has rebranded the three stations it acquired in
Beatrice NE last year. Oldies 1310 KGMT Fairbury and 1450 KWBE Beatrice are
now featuring a mix of local news and Classic Hits while adopting the News
Channel Nebraska identity. Flood launch its first station under that name
last October on 94.7 KNEN Norfolk NE. Like KNEN, KWBE will be paired with a
low-powered TV station as flood owns KWBE-LD Channel 21. Meanwhile sister
Country 99.5 KUTT Fairbury is now branding itself as Ol Red 99.5. No other
changes to the format were made. Flood Communications bought KGMT, KUTT and
KWBE from Siebert Broadcasting for $7 million last July.

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