Industry News Bits 4-3-18

USA Radio Networks has completed its corporate relocation from Phoenix to its flagship station, KBDT-AM, facilities in Dallas, Texas.  Among other changes, it was announced today that former VP/GSM, Janet Bro, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.  Bro will lead the networks, including the company’s stations in Chicago, Dallas and Minneapolis as well as five properties in Nevada.

Bro comes from a distinguished career in media and advertising.  She began in radio/tv at Bradley University, has owned and operated three FM stations in Illinois and managed others before embarking on a two-decade adventure with Verizon’s Yellow pages.  Bro had advanced to Regional Vice President of SuperMedia and had retired to Colorado when former USA CEO, Floyd Brown, hired her for the Senior VP Sales position in 2016.  She assumed GM responsibilities of the Networks last fall.

Current USA CEO, Fred Weinberg said, “Our goal is to create news and programming that we and our affiliates can be proud of.  We’re not Democrats or Republicans, we’re Americans and that’s how we see the news.  Janet is the perfect person to push this forward.”

USA Radio Networks provides news and long-form talk programming 24/7 for nearly 500 affiliates across the country.


EMF adds WBNK/Pine Knoll Shores, N.C. WBNK is a Class C2 facility at 92.7 serving the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The seller is Empowered Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Lanser Broadcasting, which acquired WBNK in summer 2015 for $275,000. Lanser also owns WPNW/Grand Rapids “The Pledge” and WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99). Selling price $100,000. 


Salem purchases KDXE/North Little Rock (1380) and its translator at 105.5, K288EZ. The seller is N C Communications and the price is $300,000. Salem will be LMAing KDXE (5kw daytime and 2.5kw night) and the translator to Core Communicators.


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