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Univision just applied for an ownership transfer of 103.1 WVIV to Polish Language broadcaster Alliance Communications. Without doubt this station will change format to accomodate the Polish Community.
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    Thursday, May 25 2017, 09:48 PM - #permalink
    Lots of competition on FM.

    The Brokered Polski FM 5AM-7PM 7 Days a week on 92.7 (Co-located on the same tower as 103.1)

    And Polnet has FM translators for both WNVR and WRDZ.

    In other words, WPNA has to keep up
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    Friday, May 26 2017, 07:27 AM - #permalink
    I remember the days when 103.1FM was WVVX and carried ethnic brokered programming during the day and rock music all night.
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    Friday, May 26 2017, 01:49 PM - #permalink
    Maybe its time to hear polka music on the fm band
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    Friday, May 26 2017, 03:35 PM - #permalink
    Sale price is $5.5M. Well well below it's sale price in 2003.

    Never mind WGN-AM's value was pegged at $52.2M. A 1/4 of it's value at the same time (early 2000's). And the land value at Elk Grove is about the same as then too.

    My how the stick value multiplier has fallen. I can't see how Cumulus or Iheart will ever get out of their present debt situation.

    RR
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    Saturday, May 27 2017, 07:14 AM - #permalink
    WVIV-FM was sold by Big City Radio for $32,875,000 in 2003.

    This was the first commercial radio stations that I worked at in 1969. Back then, it was paired with 1430 AM and the call letters were WEEF AM & FM.

    The studios were above the Highland Park Theatre on Central Avenue. Interestingly, I ended up being the broker for 1430 AM almost 35 years later!!
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    Saturday, May 27 2017, 12:41 PM - #permalink
    Really??? I don't recall it being THAT much. 92.7 was valued around $20M at the time it was sold to SBS as part of the trombo. And their signals are not all that different, save for WVW significantly protecting a co-channel on Rockford and 1st adjacent in Milwaukee a little. 92.7 is omni and 100ft. higher. But they get hammered west of 59 by 92.5.

    RR
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    Sunday, May 28 2017, 06:48 AM - #permalink
    Dear Rex:

    BIA reported the sale price as $32,875,000.

    But your skepticism prompted me to actually look at the Asset Purchase Agreement and yes, it was $32,875,000!

    Sincerely,

    Bob

    Robert L. Heymann Jr.
    Director
    Media Services Group--Chicago
    RobertHeymann@comcast.net
    MediaServicesGroup.com
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    Monday, May 29 2017, 08:00 PM - #permalink
    Speaking of WVIV FM is Univision retaining that station for their Spanish format?
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    Tuesday, May 30 2017, 12:44 PM - #permalink
    93.5 will have that format entirely.

    Bob...that number is shocking in two ways. That number seems to be to be the highest single suburban Class A station price ever around these parts. And that Univision is taking a nearly $27M writeoff/haircut is equally stunning for a company who chose to not build enough studios downtown to have one for each station...even after the deal is done.

    RR
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