It was announced on October 3 that Bob Vinikoor is selling his broadcast interests in New Hampshire and Vermont. Koor Communications was started by Bob and his wife, Sheila, in 1988; Sheila passed away on January 8, 2016. News/Talk WNTK 99.7 in New London is the flagship for the chain that will be transferred to Sugar River Foundation (principals Rob and John Landry). The $1,950,000 transaction still needs the FCC's blessing but that is not expected to be an issue. Other signals include WCNL Newport, WUVR Lebanon, WCFR Springfield, VT and WCVR Randolph, VT as well as a number of translators.
Bob served on the NHAB board from 2004-2010 and was Broadcaster of the Year in 2010. NHAB wishes him the best in his future endeavors!
Since our June newsletter we'd like to acknowledge:
WNHN LP in Concord is our newest NHAB member. The station has been on the air for several years and is licensed to NH News, Views and Blues.
Binnie Media recently threw a little party to celebrate their latest acquisition (and studio renovation) of WTSN/WBYY in Dover.
Longtime NHAB board member and former chairman Ray Garon is back in the broadcast saddle as the New England sales rep for the Howie Carr Radio Network. Ray retired from Saga Communications Manchester cluster in 2015 but those who know him realized he'd get restless on the beach. He says Howie is heard on 30 signals in 24 markets from Maine to Connecticut, including eight New Hampshire markets. You can get in touch at 781-559-3907.
Our colleagues in Vermont will present a Distinguished Service Award to a man with deep New Hampshire radio roots at their Hall of Fame banquet on December 3. Bob Sherman is a senior account rep for Great Eastern Radio. He was a fixture at WTSL in Hanover from 1978-85. After a stint in Burlington he returned to WTSL and its sister stations in 1990. Congratulations Bob!
Some astronomical sums have been tossed around since the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction kicked off in late winter. So far, though, the dollars from broadband and other providers haven't been high enough to start the three-year process of channel-swapping and antenna retrofitting. The FCC has created online form 399 so stations "will have access to a test environment where they will be able to interact and familiarize themselves with an updated version of the form...." The next round of activity is scheduled for October 30.