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KBVM Buys KDPM Cottage Grove/Eugene

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  • Started 3 years ago by Craig_Adams
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  1. This from All Access:

    In other deals filed with the FCC, DIAMOND PEAK INVESTMENTS LLC is selling Top 40/Rhythmic KDPM (94.9 JAMZ)/COTTAGE GROVE-EUGENE, OR and FM translator K235BF/EUGENE, OR to CATHOLIC BROADCASTING NORTHWEST, INC. for $700,000.
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    Catholic Broadcasting Northwest, Inc. owns KBVM 88.3 Portland. KDPM Cottage Grove is 100.5MHz with 10.5kw. K235BF Eugene is 94.9MHz with 99 watts.

    Posted on January 24, 2011 - 08:40 AM #
  2. This news makes me want to vomit. I would much rather have seen Cumulus buy KDPM. Broadcasters like CBN attract very few listeners, and are not operating in the radio industry's best interest.

    Posted on January 24, 2011 - 02:09 PM #
  3. jay_zie

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    I have the same opinion as the radio guy for all of the christian stations.

    Posted on January 24, 2011 - 03:01 PM #
  4. Broadway

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    Members of the Catholic Community in the Eugene-Springfield area have been wanting/pursuing radio for many years...this is the fulfillment of many years of effort/dollars. I would guess the station will sound a lot like KBVM.
    >>Broadcasters like CBN attract very few listeners, and are not operating in the radio industry's best interest.
    CBN is a TV broadcaster/produces the 700 club daily TV show.

    Posted on January 24, 2011 - 03:28 PM #
  5. Are you serious? Cumulus? They cannot run the cluster they have now with any kind of effectiveness...sloppy on-air work, a management staff that apparently just seems to care more about protecting their rear-ends than putting together programming that actually will attract listeners, and it's reflective in the ratings. (Just look over the last 4 rating books to see the proof). It will be very interesting tomorrow when the numbers come out to see how well Cumulus fared in the Fall book. My guess is there should have been a huge bump for KUGN and KUJZ with the Oregon Duck programming they should have put out there, but doubt there will be... it's always the same old thing, nothing new or fresh brought to the table. You get complacent, you finish last.
    Diamond Peak was always under-funded and was doomed from the start. They never did tap into the advertising that attracted the 18-25 year old crowd.

    Posted on January 24, 2011 - 03:39 PM #
  6. Stations like KBVM don't even show up in the ratings. 94.9 would do much better with a Regional Mexican format.

    Posted on January 24, 2011 - 03:42 PM #
  7. Diamond Peak Media (KDPM) was owned by a local real estate guy, who really knew nothing about radio. 94.9 Jamz did well in the ratings, thanks to veteran CHR/Rhythmic programmer, Eric Brown.

    Posted on January 24, 2011 - 03:52 PM #
  8. Exactly my point...it's about the dollars....in a university town the station should have been solvent. Maybe it wasn't making money. Or maybe it was and the owners just wanted to cash out.

    Posted on January 24, 2011 - 04:32 PM #
  9. 94.9 Jamz was bringing in revenue, but yes, the owner wanted to cash out. He had no passion for broadcasting.

    Posted on January 24, 2011 - 05:13 PM #
  10. Notalent

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    Not to be derogatory but college students are NOT a primary demo for ad buyers.

    Even in a college town.

    Especially for a second or third station in the format with a rimshot signal.

    Posted on January 24, 2011 - 05:23 PM #
  11. semoochie

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    18-34 is still a viable demo and if you get enough 18-24s, you're going to do well there.

    Posted on January 24, 2011 - 11:34 PM #
  12. Notalent,

    94.9 Jamz was the only Rhythmic station in the market, and one of only two CHR stations. It was more than a rimshot, with the 99 watt translator on Blanton Heights. But yes, 94.9 did not have the wattage (or budget) to really compete with CHR powerhouse 104.7 KDUK. The station did well for what they had to work with.

    Posted on January 25, 2011 - 01:25 AM #
  13. Has the format changed?

    Posted on January 25, 2011 - 02:05 AM #
  14. I'm guessing the format change won't happen until the sale is finalized.

    Posted on January 25, 2011 - 03:00 AM #
  15. Notalent

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    Apparently it wasn't viable enough.

    Posted on January 25, 2011 - 10:30 AM #
  16. Its really a bad day when you sell your station that almost did a full share better than last book. 2.3 - 3.2

    Posted on January 25, 2011 - 03:31 PM #
  17. jimbo

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    Perhaps, the Catholic Church is not interested in ratings. For many of you, it is all about ratings and money. There are some that aren't interested in either. They just want a service for those in need (they believe). If you think you could have done better, and I am sure you probably could, you should have put up your money and bought it. But you didn't and someone else did that doesn't care about music formats, income, or ratings.....it appears.

    Posted on January 25, 2011 - 08:55 PM #
  18. semoochie

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    Some years ago, a top rated CHR was purchased by a religious organization and the format changed. I'm thinking it was Minneapolis. It happens.

    Posted on January 25, 2011 - 09:07 PM #
  19. Also, KCBQ San Diego, The Big 610 in SF, and WMCA and 970 in the Big Apple...although 970 is doing the conservative talk thing....

    Posted on January 25, 2011 - 09:55 PM #
  20. semoochie

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    Those are legendary stations but not like this situation, where they literally took over the top rated CHR in town and took it Religious! Thousands of people must have been scratching their heads and wondering what happened.

    Posted on January 25, 2011 - 10:44 PM #
  21. I think Master should have sold "94.9 Jamz" to an owner who wanted to preserve the heritage of the station, and even improve it. I'm sure someone else would have glady taken it for $700,000. Rhythmic CHR is not a huge money making format, but it can easily turn a profit.

    Posted on January 25, 2011 - 11:27 PM #
  22. Notalent

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    Heritage?

    Posted on January 26, 2011 - 10:07 AM #
  23. Heritage of four years, which makes "Jamz" a well established station in Eugene.

    Posted on January 27, 2011 - 06:19 AM #
  24. Broadway

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    Heritage calls to some would be originally issued pre-60's/70's call signs.

    Posted on January 28, 2011 - 08:29 PM #
  25. semoochie

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    I think of heritage calls as from the 1920s such as KXL, KEX, KGW. OK, just so no one will feel left out: KWJJ, KOIN, KBPS.

    Posted on January 28, 2011 - 09:18 PM #

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