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CBS Radio, Entercom Enter Into Merger Amendment
In an 8K filing with the SEC, Entercom Communications, CBS Corp. and CBS Radio Inc. entered into an amendment to its merger plan announced last February. Under the merger agreement, CBS Radio and Entercom were to request the registration statement More

FCC Denies Stolz Petition in ETM Sacramento Renewal
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The Media Bureau has denied a Petition for Reconsideration filed on February 17, 2017, by Edward Stolz II seeking reconsideration of the Bureau's Letter Decision denying Stolz's informal objections and granting Entercom Communications license More

Great Western Radio to Acquire KWRP/Pueblo CO
Great Western Radio Ltd., led by longtime Pueblo, CO, native Mike Hernandez (aka Buzz Corona) has agreed to purchase 250W Oldies KWRP-FM (690) Pueblo, Colorado along with two translators at K262BB (100.3 FM) Boone, CO and K230BZ (93.9 FM) Fowler, More

FCC Postpones 2017 Biennial Filing Window Opening
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The FCC's Media Bureau has postponed the opening of the 2017 biennial filing window for the submission of broadcast ownership reports on FCC Forms 323 and 323-E until December 1, 2017,and extends the filing deadline to March 2, 2018. Under the Commission's rules, licensees of commercial AM, FM, TV, Class A and Low Power Television (LPTV) More

Aerostar to Acquire KEGH-FM/Salt Lake for $1.1M
Aerostar Communications has agreed to acquire KEGH-FM Salt Lake City (licensed to Woodruff, UT) along with associated booster stations KEGH-FM1 (Ogden, UT), KEGH-FM2 (Bountiful, UT), KEGH-FM3 (Salt Lake City), KEGH-FM4 (Provo, UT) from SLC Divestiture Trust II for $1.1 million in cash. KEGH-FM has been in trust for 6 years. It More

MI Outlet Designated for Hearing Surrenders License
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Last week, the FCC adopted a Hearing Designation Order regarding the pending license renewal application of WRAX-FM in Lake Isabella, MI. The station had only operated one day each year since it was initially licensed seven years ago. Apparently in response to the order, the station's licensee Radioactive LLC has surrendered More

Carr, Rosenworcel Sworn In as FCC Commissioners
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Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel have been officially sworn in as FCC Commissioners. Carr, a former aide to Chairman Ajit Pai, fills an open Republican slot. Before becoming general counsel in January, Carr was FCC Chairman Pai's legal advisor for wireless, public safety and international issues. Prior to joining the FCC, More

Senate Confirms Brendan Carr, Jessica Rosenworcel
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Brendan Carr, Jessica Rosenworcel
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel as FCC Commissioners. Carr, a former aide to Chairman Ajit Pai, fills an open Republican slot, while former commissioner Rosenworcel, who left the FCC at the end of last year after her tenure expired, takes the open Democratic slot. Now that the Senate has More

FCC Issues Hearing Designation for Michigan Outlet
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The FCC has adopted a hearing designation order pertaining to WRAX-FM in Lake Isabella, Michigan. In 2010, Radioactive LLC was licensed to operate WRAX, and in 2012, the broadcaster filed a renewal application for the station. According to Commission records submitted by Radioactive, the station has only operated one day a year More

Times-Shamrock to Sell Four Reno NV Outlets
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Times-Shamrock Communications has agreed to sell four stations in Reno, NV, to Lazer Broadcasting and Big Horn Media. Lazer will acquire 100kW CHR KWNZ-FM (106.3), 100kW News/Talk KNEZ-FM (107.3) and 100kw Rock KZTI-FM (105.3), while Big Horn (whose principal is John Burkavage) will purchase 51kW Alternative KRZQ-FM (105.9). More

Great Eastern Radio Closes Sale of Three NH Outlets
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Great Eastern Radio has closed on its sales of three FM's in New Hampshire to Lakes Media. Included in the deal are WLKZ-FM (The Hawk 104.9)/Wolfeboro, WZEI-FM (Sportsradio 101.5)/Meredith and WTPL-FM (The Pulse 107.7)/Hillsboro, NH. Lakes Media, owned by longtime New Hampshire broadcaster/engineer Dirk Nadon, will assume More

Jon Kelly Buys Controlling Intrest in SummitMedia
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SummitMedia announces that shareholder and private investor Jon Kelly has reached an agreement to purchase the controlling interest held by Highpoint Holdings in the company. SummitMedia Chairman/CEO Carl Parmer stated, "Jon has been our largest individual shareholder since inception and we are delighted he will become our More

FCC Issues $66K Proposed Fine to Alaska Broadcaster
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The FCC has issued a proposed fine for $66,000 against FM radio station licensee Kenai Educational Media in Seward, AK, for numerous apparent violations of FCC rules, including actions that undermine the effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). KEM, which operates KIBH-FM, was notified on multiple occasions by the More

Emmis Fiscal Q1 Revs Down, Earnings Swing to Loss
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Emmis Communications reported radio net revenues for the first fiscal quarter of $38.7 million, down from $42.7 million in the prior year. Excluding KPWR in Los Angeles, Emmis' radio revenues per Miller Kaplan (which excludes stations in Terre Haute, IN, sold in the prior fiscal year), were down 6.7% in markets that were down More

FM Stations Affected by 2017 TV Band Repacking
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NAB has commissioned a study to determine which FM radio stations are likely to need to coordinate with TV stations making adjustments following the incentive auction. This analysis identifies 678 FM stations that may need to reduce power, shut down or operate from an auxiliary facility as work is being done on a neighboring TV More

NAB Welcomes FCC's Plan to Eliminate Outdated Regs
In comments filed with the FCC, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) welcomed the Commission's initiation of a proceeding to eliminate or modify radio and television broadcasters regulations that its says are "outdated, unnecessary or unduly burdensome." Concurrently, the NAB said that broadcasters are not seeking More

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