Radio Disney Group

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Radio Disney Group, LLC
Limited liability company
Industry Radio broadcasting
Founded July 30, 2003 (2003-07-30)
Founder ABC Radio Networks
Defunct December 18, 2015 (2015-12-18)
Headquarters New York City, New York, U.S.
Area served
Nationwide
Owner The Walt Disney Company
Parent ABC, Inc.[1]
Website www.radiodisney.com

Radio Disney Group, LLC[2] was a Delaware limited liability company that owned and most of the operated Radio Disney radio station in each state. Radio Disney Group was owned by the Disney–ABC Television Group[3][4] and the headquarters were located in New York City, New York.

History[edit]

The company was founded in July 30, 2003[2] by the ABC Radio Networks, a former subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

In the sale of the ABC Radio Networks to Citadel Broadcasting (in 2007), the Radio Disney Network and their owned-and-operated radio stations are not included.[5]

In 2010, Radio Disney Group was started to sell their stations located outside of the 25 largest radio markets. The majority of the stations have gone silent, while others changed their format or maintained their regular format. On August 17, 2014, It was announced that Radio Disney will be selling off all of their stations (the majority owned by Radio Disney Group) except KDIS (owned on or before September 26, 2014) to focus on the digital XM radio and livestream radio (such as on TuneIn).[6][7][8] While the stations were, originally, to sign off on September 26, the stations remained on the air and continued to carry Radio Disney programming until they are sold.[9] The sale of the last station (was WSDZ,[10] to Salem Media Group)[11] was completed on December 18, 2015.[10]

Former owned and operated stations[edit]

Callsign[12] Frequency City of license Broadcast area Comments
WQUA1 102.1 Citronelle, Alabama Mobile metropolitan area Sold in 2005;[13] non-commercial station owned by the Family Worship Center Church, Inc.
KMIK1 1580 Phoenix, Arizona Greater Phoenix Sold in 2015; station owned by Gabriella Broadcasting Licensee.
KDIS-FM1 99.5 Little Rock, Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas Sold in 2013;[14][15] station owned by the Salem Media Group.
KIID1 1470 Sacramento, California Sacramento metropolitan area In 2007, the station was transferred to Radio Disney Sacramento, LLC, another subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company related to Radio Disney. Was later sold in 2015 to Punjabi American Media.[16]
KDDZ1 1690 Arvada, Colorado Denver metropolitan area Sold in 2015 to Salem Media Group.
WDZK1 1550 Bloomfield, Connecticut Greater Hartford Sold in 2010; station owned by Blount Communications.
WBWL1 600 Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville metropolitan area Sold in 2010;[17] station owned by the Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corporation.
WMYM1 990 Miami, Florida Miami metropolitan area Sold in 2014; station owned by Actualidad Radio Group.[18][19]
WDYZ1 990 Orlando, Florida Greater Orlando Sold in 2014 to the Pennsylvania Media Associates, Inc. (subsidiary of the Salem Media Group).[20][21] The sale was consummated on March 27, 2015.[22]
WWMI1 1380 St. Petersburg, Florida Tampa Bay Area Sold in 2015 to Salem Media Group.
WGFY1 1480 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Metropolitan Area Sold in 2015. Owned by Charlotte Advent Media Corporation.
WMKI1 1260 Boston, Massachusetts Greater Boston Area Sold in 2015; station owned by Salem Media Group. The sale was consummated on September 3, 2015.
WMNE1 1600 Riviera Beach, Florida Miami metropolitan area Sold in 2010; station owned by Travis Media.
WSDZ1 1260 Belleville, Illinois Greater St. Louis Sold to Salem Media Group in 2015.
WRDZ-FM1 98.3 Plainfield, Indiana Indianapolis metropolitan area Sold in 2015; station owned by iHeartMedia.
KQAM1 1480 Wichita, Kansas Wichita metropolitan area Sold in 2009;[23] station owned by Steckline Communications.
WDRD1 2 680 Newburg, Kentucky Louisville metropolitan area Sold in 2010;[24] station owned by UB Louisville, LLC.
WBYU1 1450 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans metropolitan area Station was shut down in October 3, 2012.[25]
KPHN1 1190 Kansas City, Missouri Kansas City metropolitan area Sold in 2014,[26] station owned by the Catholic Radio Network.
KALY1 1240 Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque metropolitan area Sold in 2010;[27] station currently owned by KD Radio, Inc.
WDDY1 1460 Albany, New York Capital District Sold in 2013;[15] station owned by Pax et Bonum, Inc.
WFDF1 910 Farmington Hills, Michigan Metro Detroit, Flint and The Thumb Sold in 2014;[28] station owned by The Word Network.[29]
WWMK1 1260 Cleveland, Ohio Greater Cleveland Sold in 2014; station is owned by St. Peters The Rock.[30]
WFRO2 900 Fremont, Ohio Sandusky County, Ohio Station was shut down in June 23, 2004.[31]
KDZR1 1640 Lake Oswego, Oregon Portland metropolitan area Sold in 2015 to Salem Media Group.
WWJZ1 640 Mount Holly, New Jersey Delaware Valley Sold to Starboard Media Foundation.
KMUS1 1380 Sperry, Oklahoma Tulsa metropolitan area Sold in 2011;[32] spanish-language station owned by Radio Las Americas, LLC.
KKSL3 1290 Lake Oswego, Oregon Portland metropolitan area The license was cancelled on February 23, 2006.[33] Under the Disney ownership, the station was operated by Crawford Broadcasting under Local marketing agreement.[34][35]
WDDZ1 550 Pawtucket, Rhode Island Providence metropolitan area Sold in 2010;[36] station currently owned by Starboard Broadcasting.
WWCS1 540 Canonsburg, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh metropolitan area Station owned by Birach Broadcasting Corporation but operated by Radio Disney Group under Time brokerage agreement;[37] the agreement expired on December 31, 2010 and Disney flipped the Radio Disney affiliation to WEAE.[38][39]
KMKI1 620 Plano, Texas Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Sold in 2015;[15] station owned by the Salem Media Group, now broadcasting a Business News/Talk format.
KMIC1 1590 Houston, Texas Greater Houston Sold in 2014;[40] station owned by DAIJ Media, LLC
KRDY1 1160 San Antonio, Texas Greater San Antonio Sold in 2013;[15] station owned by the Salem Media Group.
KWDZ1 910 Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Lake City metropolitan area Sold in 2015; station owned by iHeartMedia.
WHKT1 1650 Portsmouth, Virginia Hampton Roads Sold in 2010; station owned by the Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corporation.
WRJR3 1010 Portsmouth, Virginia Hampton Roads Sold in 2010; station owned by the Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corporation. Under the Disney ownership, Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting operated the station under Local marketing agreement.[41]
WDZY1 1290 Colonial Heights, Virginia Greater Richmond Region Sold in 2013;[42] station owned by the Richmond Christian Radio Corporation.
WKSH1 1640 Sussex, Wisconsin Milwaukee metropolitan area Sold in 2014;[43] station owned by Starboard Broadcasting.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations - FCC
  2. ^ a b "RADIO DISNEY GROUP, LLC Entity Information". Corporation and Business Entity Database. New York Department of State's Division of Corporations, State Records and Uniform Commercial Code. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ CHANGES IN INTERESTS - KIID application to assign broadcast station
  4. ^ "United States District Court - Cental District of California - West Division - Plaint" (PDF). 
  5. ^ Rosenthal, Phil (February 7, 2006). "Disney in deal to merge ABC Radio with Citadel". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ Lafayette, Jon (August 13, 2014). "Exclusive: Radio Disney Moving Off Air to Digital". Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ Venta, Lance (August 13, 2014). "Radio Disney To Sell All But One Station". Radio Insight. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Radio Disney to Sell the Majority of Its Stations". Billboard. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "NERW Extra: No Signoffs for Disney AMs". Northeast Radio Watch. Retrieved 27 September 2014.  (subscription required)
  10. ^ a b Consummation Notice - Federal Communications Commission
  11. ^ Salem Acquires Radio Disney’s Final Five - Radio Insight
  12. ^ "Application for Consent to Assign Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License or to Transfer Control of Entity Holding Broadcast Station or License" (ABC, Inc. to Radio Disney Group, LLC) - FCC and the Assignment and Assumption Agreement 2003
  13. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License" (WQUA) - FCC
  14. ^ Faith Talk Launches In Little Rock - Radio Insight
  15. ^ a b c d Radio Disney Sells Three - Radio Insight
  16. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 29, 2015. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  17. ^ Radio Disney & ESPN AM Cutbacks - Radio Insight
  18. ^ Actualidad Buying WMYM 990-AM/Miami - Radio Ink Magazine
  19. ^ Station Sales Week Of 2/13 - Radio Insight
  20. ^ Parties to the Application - FCC
  21. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 15, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  22. ^ Consummation Notice - FCC
  23. ^ Steckline buys Disney Radio station - Wichita Business Journal
  24. ^ Radio Disney Sells WDRD-A/Louisville - All Acces Music Group
  25. ^ FCC status page for WBYU
  26. ^ Disney Sells KPHN Kansas City - Radio Insight
  27. ^ ESPN Back On In Louisville - All Acces Music Group
  28. ^ Radio Disney Sells WFDF/Detroit To The Word Network - All Access
  29. ^ WFDF Detroit Joins The Word Network - Radio Insight
  30. ^ Disney Sells WMMK Cleveland - Radio Insight
  31. ^ FCC status page for WFRO
  32. ^ Radio Disney Sells Tulsa AM - All Acces Music Group
  33. ^ FCC status page for KKSL
  34. ^ ABC buys two Portland radio stations - Portland Business Journal
  35. ^ The Big Trip 2006, Part VII: East From Portland
  36. ^ Salem Buys Former Radio Disney Station In Providence;Three Station Deals In California - All Acces Music Group
  37. ^ WEAE Annual EEO - 2010
  38. ^ Pittsburgh ESPN 1250 changing format to Radio Disney - Pittsburgh Business Journal
  39. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 3, 2011). "New Year Dawns with Format Changes". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  40. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  41. ^ Hampton Roads - VARTV.com
  42. ^ Wilkins Acquires Two From Disney - Radio Insight
  43. ^ Starboard Media Foundation Acquires WKSH - Radio Insight

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