Entercom to Sell KSOQ Escondido

As part of their deal to take over CBS Radio, Entercom announced on September 26 they are divesting three radio stations nationwide, including KSOQ (FM) 92.1 Escondido, KSWD (FM) 100.3 Los Angeles, and WGGI (FM) Benton (Wilkes-Barre market), PA for $57.75-million to Christian broadcaster Educational Media Foundation (EMF).

KSOQ has served as a simulcast outlet for KSON, quite effectively boosting the country-format station’s signal to North San Diego Country.

EMF currently operates these FM transmitters in San Diego County:

  • KYDO 96.1 Campo
  • KYDO-FM1 96.1 San Diego (Mt. San Miguel booster)
  • K253AD 98.5 Oceanside
  • KPRI 100.1 Julian
  • KLVJ 102.1 Encinitas (Mt. Soledad)

The divestment was fully anticipated after the three stations were put into a divestment trust this March.

If the FCC approves the CBS/Entercom merger, the successor company Entercom will own KBZT94.9, KYXY 96.5, KSON97.3, KXSN 98.1, and KEGY 103.7 MHz, all of San Diego.

Interestingly, the Entercom has leased property for new studios directly across the street from iHeartMedia and KNSD/NBC on Granite Ridge Drive, but can’t build out the facility in concert with the CBS stations involved in the proposed merger due to SEC rules governing collusion during a significant transfer of assets.

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