BILLINGS, MT STATIONS KURL (730 AM) AND KYYA (93.3 FM) EXCHANGE FINALIZED: CONNOISSEUR MEDIA GETS 730 AM, ELENBAAS MEDIA, INC. GETS 93.3 FM
Westport, CT – September 28, 2010 – Connoisseur Media, LLC today announced the completion of an exchange of assets between itself, Elenbaas Media, Inc. and Cherry Creek Radio whereby Connoisseur Media now owns 730 AM licensed to Billings, MT, and Elenbaas now owns 93.3 FM, also licensed to Billings, MT. This disposes of the remaining Billings assets of Cherry Creek Radio, and was covered as a part of the recent sale to Connoisseur.
“We are delighted to be able to add 730 AM to our expanding Billings cluster,” said Connoisseur GM, Cam Maxwell. “This will make Connoisseur Media the largest radio operator in the region with six stations in the Billings market.” The station receives new call letters, heritage KYYA will now be used to identify 730 AM. With a signal that covers southern Montana and northern Wyoming, Connoisseur Media is moving its News Talk lineup, currently on KBLG 910 AM, to the bigger coverage area as the new News/Talk 730 KYYA AM. Coming this weekend, 910 AM re-launches as Fox Sports Radio 910 KBLG.
In addition to News/Talk 730 KYYA AM and Fox Sports Radio 910 KBLG, Connoisseur Media also operates the following radio stations in the Billings market: KRKX-FM, “Big Sky Country”, at 94.1, KRZN-FM, “The Zone”, a rock station at 96.3, KWMY-FM, classic hits ”MY 105.9”, and KPLN-FM, 106.7, a modern hits music station also known as “The Planet”.
“Elenbaas Media, Inc. will retain the KURL call letters in the deal,” Elenbaas said. “We want to continue to use KURL considering our long history with our listeners and to reassure them that the format that they’re used to will not change except for the radio frequency.” About Elenbaas Media: Elenbaas has managed KURL since 1982, and bought KURL in 1994 from Christian Enterprise, Inc. They will still have an AM presence in Billings with KMZK-AM (added in 1997), a contemporary Christian music station, which will now also be on translator 97.5 FM.
About Connoisseur Media: Founded in 2004, Connoisseur Media has rapidly expanded through both acquisitions and new licenses granted by the FCC and owns or operates 24 stations in Billings, MT, Bloomington, IL, Erie, PA, Huntington, WV, Omaha, NE, Wichita, KS, Des Moines, IA, Rapid City, SD, and Bismarck, ND.
Connoisseur Media Contact Information: Elenbaas Media Contact Information:
Jeffrey D. Warshaw or Michael O. Driscoll Herm Elenbaas - CEO, Owner
136 Main Street, Suite 202 Tel: 406-245-3121
Westport, CT 06880
Cam Maxwell - GM, Billings