O’Shea and Partners Sell To Ackerley, 1998

by Norm Gregory on January 3, 2012

in 1998, KJR-FM, Radio Scrapbook

In early 1998 we got the memo that Michael O’Shea and partners were selling their ownership of three Seattle radio stations back to Ackerley. (Ackerley Communications had sold a majority ownership in their three stations to New Century in July of 1994 for a reported $30 million.)

Scarpbook OSheaGroupBuysStations 600

In 2002, the FCC approved the sale of the group of stations to Clear Channel Communications. Thankfully, I had left KJR-FM two years earlier. The 95.7 frequency had been a “challenge” for New Century Media; in the space of a year it went through three formats and three sets of call letters. KJR-FM and a classic-hits format morphed into KMBX-FM which played contemporary and recent hits, and then to KBTB-FM (I forgot that format — I don’t think I ever listened). Finally someone came to their senses and in the spring of 2002 the station changed formats back to “classic hits,” changed the call letters back to KJR-FM and brought back the “Channel 95.7” jingles.

What is going on here? I have been digging through My Collection of photos, news clippings and other documents from my 35 years in radio. The daily postings began on May 19, 2011. The Collection can be sorted:

By radio station: KPUG • KJRB • KJR • KZOK • KQFM • KOMO • KJR-FM

By year: 1961 • 1963 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972
1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1994


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