KUMA-FM

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KUMA-FM
City of license Pilot Rock, Oregon
Broadcast area Tri-Cities/Walla Walla, Washington
Branding 92.1 KUMA
Slogan "Your Variety Station"
Frequency 92.1 MHz
Translator(s) 95.3 K237DM (Walla Walla)
First air date July 9, 2006 (as KLTB)[1]
Format Adult Contemporary
ERP 6,900 watts
HAAT 193 meters (633 feet)
Class C3
Facility ID 166045
Transmitter coordinates 45°35′21″N 118°59′54″W / 45.58917°N 118.99833°W / 45.58917; -118.99833
Former callsigns KLTB (2006-2007)
KVAN-FM (2007-2010)[2]
Owner Capps Broadcast Group
(UMA, LLC)
Sister stations KCMB, KTEL, KTIX, KUMA, KWHT, KWRL, KWVN-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website 921kuma.com

KUMA-FM (92.1 FM) is a radio station licensed to serve Pilot Rock, Oregon, United States. The station, established in 2006, is owned by the Capps Broadcast Group and the broadcast license for this station is held by UMA, LLC.

Programming[edit]

KUMA-FM broadcasts an adult contemporary music format to the greater Walla Walla, Washington, and Pendleton, Oregon, areas.[3] KUMA-FM is one of several Oregon radio stations serving the larger city across the border in Washington.[4]

The KUMA-FM signal is considered a rimshot and is not currently strong enough in the Tri-Cities, WA area to garner any significant ratings.[5] Capps Broadcasting' KWHT is the only station of the group that regularly shows up in the Tri-Cities, WA Arbitron ratings.

History[edit]

This station received its original construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission on May 26, 2006.[6] The new station was assigned the call sign KLTB by the FCC on June 26, 2006.[2] The station began broadcasting an oldies music format branded as "Oldies 92.1" under program test authority on July 9, 2006.[1] KLTB received its license to cover from the FCC on September 1, 2006.[7]

KVAN "Oldies 92.1" logo

License holder Charles R. Nelson reached an agreement in November 2006 to sell this station to general manager Jeffrey Aaron Bruton's Bruton Broadcasting, LLC, in exchange for the assumption of approximately $354,000 in debt and other obligations.[8] Bruton had been operating KLTB under a local marketing agreement since June 16, 2006.[8] The deal was approved by the FCC on January 18, 2007, and the transaction was consummated on January 29, 2007.[9] The new owners applied to the FCC for a new call sign and the station was assigned KVAN-FM on August 7, 2007.[2] The call sign change was part of a rebranding as the station shifted to a classic hits format.

Just over one year after the call sign change, in August 2008, Bruton Broadcasting, LLC, reached an agreement to sell this station back to Charles R. Nelson in exchange for approximately $320,000 in debt relief.[10][11] The deal was approved by the FCC on October 22, 2008, and the transaction was consummated on October 23, 2008.[12]

In October 2009, Charles R. Nelson reached an agreement to sell KVAN-FM to the Capps Broadcast Group through their UMA, LLC, holding company for a total of $625,000. UMA, LLC, is owned by David N. Capps and Clare Capps of Walla Walla, WA. The deal was approved by the FCC on November 30, 2009, and the transaction was consummated on December 18, 2009.[13] On January 18, 2010, the new owners had the FCC change the station's call sign to KUMA-FM. (The KUMA-FM calls were formerly at 107.7 FM Pendleton, OR, currently KWVN-FM.) On January 27, 2010 KUMA-FM changed their format to adult contemporary, the format KUMA-FM had previously at 107.7 FM.

Translators[edit]

KUMA-FM programming is also carried on a broadcast translator station to extend or improve the coverage area of the station.

Broadcast translators of KUMA-FM
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Class FCC info
K237DM 95.3 Walla Walla, Washington 115 D FCC

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New radio station broadcasts oldies format". East Oregonian. July 17, 2006. "Residents of Umatilla County can now rock out to oldies from the 1950s, '60s and '70s since KLTB 92.1 FM went on the air July 9." 
  2. ^ a b c "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ Fybush, Scott (March 30, 2007). "The Big Trip 2006, Part VIII: Walla Walla/Tri-Cities, Wash.". Tower Site of the Week. 
  5. ^ "#188 Tri-Cities (Richland-Kennewick-Pasco), WA". Quarterly Report 12+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid. Arbitron. Spring 2011. 
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (BNPH-20060308AIV)". FCC Media Bureau. May 26, 2006. 
  7. ^ "Application Search Details (BLH-20060706ACT)". FCC Media Bureau. September 1, 2006. 
  8. ^ a b "Transactions". Radio Business Report. December 19, 2006. 
  9. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-20061130ADL)". FCC Media Bureau. January 29, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Transactions for Aug. 21, 2008". Radio & Records. August 21, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Transactions 9-25-08". Radio Business Report. September 24, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-20080820ABW)". FCC Media Bureau. October 23, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-20091013ACN)". FCC Media Bureau. December 18, 2009. 

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