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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Arkansas radio group to grow to 25 stations

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

East Arkansas Broadcasters, a radio station group based in Wynne, has announced its plans to purchase the MAX Media stations in the Arkansas River valley at Russellville, Morrilton, Atkins and Dardanelle.

EAB's Bobby Caldwell says the acquisition will make it the biggest broadcast group in the state in terms of number of stations, with 25. It started in Wynne in 1956, but has grown to include stations in Jonesboro, Pochontas and Stuttgart, among others. It also owns EAB Sports Network, which partners with Arkansas State University.

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East Arkansas Broadcasters (EAB) filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission yesterday to purchase the MAX Media group of radio stations in the River Valley area of Arkansas including Russellville, Morrilton, Atkins, and Dardanelle.

Just west of Little Rock these Russellville based stations include “River Country 102.3 KCJC, hot AC “River hits 100.9” KWKK, classic rock “Sharpe 99.3” KVLD, and “River Talk 980” KCAB. In the Morrilton area we add country 101.7 KVOM and sports “ESPN 800” KVOM.

With the addition of these 6 radio stations, EAB becomes the largest radio group in the state of Arkansas in terms of the number of radio stations with 25 stations.

EAB is a family owned radio group that began operations in 1956 with KWYN-AM 1400 (Wynne) and has grown since then to include stations not only in the Wynne area, but also Jonesboro, Stuttgart, and Pocahontas through its affiliated companies.

In addition to their radio stations, EAB also owns and operates the EAB Sports Network which is the official radio partner of Arkansas State University Athletics.

This recent purchase of radio stations is the largest acquisition for EAB since it acquired the Clear Channel Media and Entertainment group of radio stations in Jonesboro 6 years ago.

“We are very excited to add these River Valley area radio stations to the EAB family.” says Bobby Caldwell, Owner/CEO of East Arkansas Broadcasters. “We take great pride in providing quality local programming with all of our stations and we look forward to doing the same in the River Valley.”

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