Memphis AM move-in will be second for First


KOTC-AM is still listed by the FCC as licensed to Kennett MO, located to the north of Memphis TN, but it holds a CP to change its city of license to Memphis. Ronald A. Unkefer’s Memphis First Ventures plans to buy the AM and pair it with a rimshot FM located south of the city.

The seller is Eagle Bluff Enterprises, headed by Steven Fuchs.

The station’s Kennett facility puts out 10 kW, daytime only, which is not enough to get its main contour over Memphis. The CP drops it to 3 kW but beneficially allows it to place its transmitter right in the market. The station is on 830 kHz.

Unkefer, whose previous companies specialized in move-ins and upgrades, has further plans for KOTC. The price for the station will be $200K cash, but if the seller is able to procure an additional CP to increase power to 5 kW, to price will increase to $220K: an upgrade to 7.5 kW will take the price to $235K; and an upgrade to 10 kW will take it to $250K.

A TBA is included in the agreement, with a monthly rental fee of $500.

Memphis First already has WVIM-FM Coldwater MS in the market. The Country outlet is a Class A on 95.3 MHz with 3.4 kW @ 440’. Its total coverage pattern takes in completely over Memphis, but its primary contour hits only the southernmost portion of the urbanized area.