Attorney Grabs Gold In Alabama


A nationally recognized personal injury attorney who moonlights as Living Stones Temple Church’s musician is purchasing a Class D facility in Alabama’s largest city.

The station presently airs an Urban Oldies format and is being sold by a legendary African American broadcaster based in Pittsburgh. 

Courtney French has gained a national reputation as a personal injury attorney at Birmingham-based law firm Fuston, Petway & French LLP. He has been named as one of the “Top 40 Lawyers under 40” by National Trial Lawyers, while Ebony magazine has named him one of “50 Future Leaders of America.” French has served as the President of the Alabama Association for Justice and as President of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, and moonlights as Living Stones Temple Church’s musician.

Now, he can add “Broadcast Station Owner” to his resumé and career accomplishments.

In a deal valued at $300,000, French is acquiring Urban Oldies WATV-AM “900 Gold” in Birmingham. The facility boasts 1 tower and has 845 watts by day and 158 watts at night – plenty of power to cover the metropolitan area.

MCL/MCM Alabama LLC, based in Pittsburgh, Pa., is the seller.

Terms of the deal call for MCL/MCM to receive a 10% escrow payment.

MCL/MCM is an operation run by Ron Davenport Jr., president of Sheridan Broadcasting Corp.’s radio division and considered one of the nation’s leading African American broadcasters.

In March 2016, Sheridan announced that its subsidiary Sheridan Broadcasting Network was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in order to proceed with its plans to purchase the 49% of American Urban Radio Network (AURN) it does not own. The move does not affect any of Sheridan’s other operations.

Davenport is perhaps best-known as the owner of WAMO-AM & FM in Pittsburgh, which super-served the African American community from 1972 until the station’s 2009 sale, which at the time was blamed on marketplace changes and the shift from diary-based ratings methodology to the Portable People Meter (PPM). The change to PPM resulted in diminished ratings for the stations.