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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Entercom dumps Seattle stations

Pennsylvania based Entercom announced today it is trading KIRO, KBSG, and KTTH along with some Cincinnati stations to Bonneville International in exchange for for three FM radio stations in San Francisco.

Entercom will still own four Seattle stations: KMTT-FM (103.7), KISW-FM (99.9), KKWF-FM (100.7) and KNDD-FM (107.7), but they're all FM stations. Entercom apparently has decided it wants out of the Seattle AM market.

If you've never heard of Bonneville, here's a short backgrounder on the company:
Bonneville International Corporation, managed by Deseret Management Corporation, is a broadcasting company wholly owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS Church). Headquartered in the Triad Center Broadcast House in Salt Lake City, Utah, Bonneville's name alludes to the prehistoric Lake Bonneville which once covered much of modern-day Utah.

Bonneville owns about 30 radio stations and one television station. Additionally, the Bonneville Communications arm provides broadcast distribution services to non-profit organizations, notably the LDS Church during its semi-annual General Conferences.
Bonneville previously owned KIRO before Entercom acquired it, so the station is returning to its former owner. It'll be interesting to see what happens to these three stations under Bonneville's management.

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