December 30, 2018 at 7:28 pm #40595
KCKX 1460AM Stayton has had La Estación de la Familia on and off for the past year or so…mostly just nothing now or carrier on also with no top of hour ID’s…looks like Bustos or Edward C. Distell needs assistance? Can’t tell if KWBY Woodburn has it’s new TX installed to 10kw days…if so the Gospel is getting out a lot further 🙂April 7, 2019 at 10:05 am #41404
A check of the Newport KiwiSDR (http://kiwisdr.smeter.net:8073/) this morning shows KWBY Woodburn still relaying La Estación de la Familia out of Seattle but no legal IDs. At the top of the hour a list of several La Familia AM/FM outlets is ID’ed . Given the Newport signal strength I don’t think the 10 kw has been fired up yet. Oh yes, La Familia is quite a growing network. ….
(No sign of AM 1460 other than perhaps a faint dead carrier down Newport way).
Remote receivers are fun.
ChessyduckApril 7, 2019 at 10:25 am #41405
Assuming that you’re in Portland, if KWBY were running 10KW, you’d know it!May 8, 2019 at 1:41 pm #41650
Bustos Media is in buying mode – This time KFNY in Centralia for $3 million. They made an apparently advantageous deal grabbing from the Oceans Trust II (iHeart Media divestiture pool) this station whose prime contour runs from downtown Seattle to Longview. I bet it will quickly shift to Spanish.. Not sure where KELA will end up as the purchase did not include it….
Headline: Bustos Media Buys Centralia-Based Radio Station For $3 Million By Will Rubin / firstname.lastname@example.org May 7, 2019
A former flagship radio station of Centralia is on the verge of being sold to a Portland-based company with more than two dozen stations across four states.
Bustos Media, LLC has agreed to purchase 102.9 KFNY-FM Centralia-Tacoma from Ocean Station Trust II, LLC for $3 million, according to radioinsight.com and a filing with the Federal Communications Commission.
The station has featured jazz music for the past two years as it sat in the Ocean Station trust, an offshoot of iHeartMedia, awaiting a buyer. FCC rules limiting the number of local radio stations an entity can own in a single footprint required iHeartMedia to place KFNY along with a number of other stations into a divestiture trust as a result of its acquisition of Entercom-owned stations in the Seattle area.
The station is licensed to the city of Centralia, which does not operate it. The transmitters are located in the Capital State Forest near Olympia and in Eatonville, according to FCC filings, creating a footprint stretching from the Seattle area to the Columbia River.
“The price seemed pretty respective to me as to what it’s worth,” said Matt Shannon, station manager and program director for Live 95.1 FM in Centralia. Shannon and Live 95.1 are not tied to the pending sale. “I’m not surprised by the sale amount. The radio industry is on track to make more money in 2019 than in any prior year, and to have more listeners. It made sense to me when I heard about it.”
Representatives of iHeartMedia and Bustos Media did not respond to requests for comment prior to press time. Kevin Huffer, promotions director for 1470 KELA-AM in Centralia explained that when a company puts a station into a trust and on the market, it has to maintain some sort of service on the airwaves, hence the looping smooth jazz tracks of the past few years.
Huffer and KELA are also not tied to the sale. He and Shannon spoke with The Chronicle to provide a general background and insight into transactions involving radio stations.
“I think they got it for a bargain,” Huffer said. “It’s a huge frequency that can cover from Portland all the way up to Canada. I would bet there was a bidding war going on, because I don’t know what iHeartMedia bought it for, but I would bet it was a lot more than $3 million.”
The frequency was home to KELA from September 1980 to February 1983, when it adopted the KMNT callsign currently in use as a country music station at 104.3-FM. It was most recently home to Alt 102.9 KFOO-FM before being swapped out for KFNY.
“(Bustos Media) won’t have to have a studio here, but they’ll probably have to do some sort of local programing on it,” Huffer said. “The FCC will determine how much local programming is required, same as with us. Bustos Media operates 99.3 KDDS-FM as well, so they will undoubtedly be directed to have some sort of local programming for Centralia and Tacoma.”
Most of Bustos Media’s stations, including KDDS based out of Elma, KMIA 1210-AM in Auburn and KZXR 101.7-FM in Prosser, play a heavy rotation of Spanish-language music. Brothers Amador and John Bustos founded their namesake media company in 2003 out of Sacramento, California. Their company amassed more than $100 million in private equity funding from three firms in 2004, according to Hispanic Business Magazine and the Sacramento Business Journal.
There is little to no local Spanish language programming currently on the Centralia airwaves, though that seems likely to change in the near future.
“It’s definitely an underserved demographic in our market, and it’s what Bustos Media is known for doing,” Shannon said. “I think it’s going to be a good thing.”
—————————May 18, 2019 at 10:51 am #41696
Bustos Media buying again…
I saw this story in RBR and elsewhere about Bustos Media’s buying spree. Given that the “La Campesina” network has other stations out they want to unload I suspect Bustos or others may end up with additional Chávez properties.
(Royal City is between Moses Lake and the Tri Cities. Jacobs Radio out the of Tri Cities also has a Class A station in Royal City.)
Amador Bustos Strikes Again In Washington
By Adam Jacobson – May 15, 20190
Bustos Media is on a buying spree. On Monday, broker of record Kalil & Co. announced that it is purchasing its third station since the start of May.
The company founded and led by Amador Bustos is now getting an FM serving Moses Lake, Wash., a Latino agricultural workers’ hub. The station won’t be changing its language of service, but the programming may shift slightly.
For $200,000, Bustos is acquiring Class C2 KRCW-FM 96.3, licensed to Royal City, Wash. It enjoys widespread coverage of Eastern Washington farmland, which has drawn scores of first-generation Hispanic immigrants for nearly three decades.
This includes such cities as Moses Lake, Warden, Othello and Connell. A big plus: KRCW’s signal reaches much of the Tri-Cities of Richland, Kennewick and Pasco, and on good days can even reach Yakima — a major Latino population center in the Pacific Northwest.
The purchase of KRCW gives Bustos its ninth FM in Eastern Washington. As of Wednesday (5/15), it will begin operating KRCW via an LMA, placing its La Maquina Regional Mexican network on the facility. La Maquina is one of three networks operated by Bustos Media.
Bustos now has 25 total stations in its roster, thanks to the May 3 purchase of three FMs and an FM translator serving the Chico, Calif., area for $400,000 and the May 6 addition for $3 million of Centralia, Wash.-licensed KFNY-FM 102.9 — a facility placed into the Ocean Station Trust created as a result of a swap of stations between Entercom and iHeartMedia.
Who did Bustos buy KRCW from?
The seller is the Cesar Chavez Foundation’s Farmworker Educational Radio Network — an entity making headlines over the last 12 months for some serious underwriting violations.
The Foundation is the operator of the regional Mexican “LaCampesina” network, and in 2018 forked over a hefty check to the U.S. Treasury as part of a Consent Decree with the FCC to resolve the violations, tied to a noncommercial FM serving Phoenix sold in September 2018 to VCY America
As RBR+TVBR reported in February 2018, KCCF-FM 88.3 — then using the KNAI call letters — and noncommercial KUFW-FM 90.5 in Woodlake, Calif., serving the Visalia-Tulare-Hanford market, were the subject of a complainant who alleged that the Foundation violated the FCC’s underwriting laws by airing announcements promoting products and services from August 2016 to March 2017.
Specifically, the stations’ messages contained qualitative descriptions and comparative language, pricing information, and calls to action — strictly prohibited for a noncomm. Some promotional announcements — including one for the Bill Luke Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram car dealership in Phoenix — included comparisons between the underwriter’s product or service to those of its competitors.
Cesar Chavez Foundation settled the matter by entering into a Consent Decree with the FCC, an action that absolves the licensee of any transgressions. That came after the network, which uses the brand name “La Campesina” to offer regional Mexican programming and shows targeting immigrants, in March 2017 grabbed KMVP-AM “Gospel 860” in Phoenix from Bonneville International Corp. for $800,000. In July 2017, for an undisclosed price, it added K270BZ at 101.9 MHz from Riviera Broadcasting as a simulcast partner. With those stations, Bill Luke or any other former underwriter can serve as an advertising client.June 25, 2019 at 8:39 pm #41901
I noticed KWBY AM 940 Woodburn is off the air. (Could it be they’re preparing for the 10 kw upgrade?) Meanwhile La Estación de la Familia (which owns AM 1230 Gresham) has resolved their audio issues and now can be heard again on AM 1460 KCKX in Stayton…July 19, 2019 at 9:15 pm #42066
Bustos Media of Portland has added more content to their corporate website: https://bustosmedia.com/
The radio group now shows four different formats:
* La Gran D (7 stations)
* La Zeta (6 stations + HD2)
* La Pantera (2 stations)
* La Máquina (1 station)
Their Icecast-2 direct audio is available at:
(The audio feeds include Bustos’ KXET-1130 in Mt Angel, currently running Russian-language programming)July 21, 2019 at 9:49 am #42071
KWBY AM 940 Woodburn is back on the air but not sure if it’s now full-power 10 kw or still running 250 watts. I am monitoring it via the Newport-based KiwiSDR receiver (http://kiwisdr.smeter.net:8073/)
No surprises though, KWBY is running Bustos Media’s “La Pantera” format, the same as KSND in Monmouth.July 25, 2019 at 2:50 pm #42103
Univision Sports Radio just rebranded as Tú Deportes Network Radio or TUDN Radio.. With ESPN Deportes upcoming demise TUDN may be another option for affiliates It. Is a project of Univision and Televisa (Mx)July 26, 2019 at 10:24 pm #42107
On 20 July, Univision Deportes, carried on Comcast Portland, switched to the TUDN branding. Televisa Deportes in Mexico also switched to the TUDN name as well, with an on air green and white color scheme. The new branding also included new graphics and a new look for most of the former Univision Deportes programs, such as “Contacto Deportivo.” The Facebook pages made the name changes, too. Most of the announcers for their Liga MX (Mexican Premier League) soccer coverage remain in place. TUDN will run as a Univision/Televisa joint venture. The TUDN graphics are also being used for Liga MX games shown on Univision local stations (including KUNP) and sister cable networks UniMas and Galavision.October 26, 2019 at 9:11 pm #43078
A Spanish-language non-comm in Burley, Idaho (east of Twin Falls) is featured in the local Magic Valley press. KBWE is a Class A station so the signal does not even reach Twin Falls.
In theory KBWE streams at http://stream.kbwe.org/ but the Icecast server appears misconfigured or offline.
Headline: Burley man takes ownership of Spanish-speaking radio station
LAURIE WELCH, TIMES-NEWS Oct 25, 2019
BURLEY — After years of struggling to keep the lights on and stay on the air, Voz Latina KBWE 91.9 FM Spanish-speaking radio station has a new owner, Ruben Bautista.
“The station now really belongs to the community,” said Bautista, president of the station.
Broadcast from downtown Burley, formerly under the nonprofit umbrella of Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN), the station provides a vital link for its listeners to the news that affects their lives, station DJ Damian Rodriguez said.
“We have a rich cultural diversity in this area and there is a desperate need for the information we provide,” Rodriguez said.
The station’s $2,500 monthly expenses came from community donations, paid sponsorships and fundraisers hosted by the station, like dances, along with some grants.
All of the money that was raised was sent to the nonprofit, Rodriguez said.
“ICAN hogged all of the money,” station DJ Dianne Buerkle said. “Sometimes there wasn’t even any toilet paper, and the bills didn’t get paid like the rent, utilities, internet and phones.”
Bautista said it wasn’t uncommon for the DJs to reach into their own pockets for money to pay the bills to keep the station on the air.
There are also people in the community who would come in every month and make donations of $10 or $100, he said.
Last summer, the station fell silent for several weeks and a sign was placed on the door, saying anyone caught trespassing would be arrested, Rodriguez said.
Bautista said donations were collected to pay for an attorney and with the help of people he knew with an out-of-state Spanish-speaking radio station, they were able to negotiate a deal to purchase the station for an undisclosed amount of money.
Rodriguez said the station will retain its nonprofit status.
“Regarding the change in ownership, I’m putting a positive spin on it,” the former owner’s executive director, Terri Sterling, said. The1 nonprofit organization says its mission is to educate and advocate on social issues.
Sterling said it was true that at times the station’s bills were not getting paid.
“Ultimately, I think this is a good thing for the community. It’s a win-win situation for them and for us,” Sterling said. “It shows that with the right leadership you can make changes in a rural community.”
Sterling said the benefit for former owner is the organization can now devote more resources toward other causes with a focus on rural communities.
Bautista has applied for the Federal Communications Commission license and the ownership paperwork is in the process of completion.
“Ruben is well respected in the community and he’s a good leader,” Rodriguez said.
Although it is a Spanish-speaking station, the station wants to reach out to everyone in the community, he said.
“We want to foster cultural understanding and bring our two communities together to celebrate our commonalities and not our differences,” he said.
November 3, 2019 at 3:35 pm #43165
- This reply was modified 2 weeks, 2 days ago by chessyduck.
I noticed Class A 99.7FM KTOR “Radio Mexicana” now streaming on Bustos Media’s Icecast server (in addition to KTOR’s main host). Perhaps Portland-based Bustos is about to expand further in the Northern California region… KTOR mainly serves Red Bluff but rimshots into Redding as a fringe signal. KTOR and its sister stations further south have a cool “rural” sounding formst with lots of local ad spots..¡Qué bueno!
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