Hybrid cluster forming in Tatum, Texas


When a company controlled by Charles W. Conrad closes on its acquisition of KXAL-FM Tatum TX, he will have one foot in both the Tatum non-commercial and for-profit broadcasting worlds.

Conrad’s company, Chalk Hill Communications LLC, is acquiring the station from William D. Waller Jr. According to Media Services Group broker Bill Whitley, the price is $250K.

Conrad is involved with another Chalk Hill – Chalk Hill Educational Media Inc., which holds a CP for a Tatum NCE facility. It is earmarked for 91.5 MHz as a Class A with 200 w @ 146’. KXAL, for the record, is a considerably stronger Class A, emitting 2.45 kw from a 518’ tower from 100.3 MHz on the dial.

The educational licensee also holds the license of an LPFM – 104.7 MHz KZQX-LP. Although there is no legal necessity to divest it, since they do not count against local ownership caps, he is divesting it nevertheless, sending it to The Church at Lake Cherokee.

Tatum is in within 20 miles of Longview, the eastern outpost of the Tyler-Longview Arbitron market.