East Arkansas Broadcasters Acquiring River Valley Radio Group

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East Arkansas Broadcasters (EAB) filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday (Aug. 20) to purchase the MAX Media group of radio stations in the River Valley area, including stations in Russellville, Morrilton, Atkins, and Dardanelle.

The 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, country station 101.7 KVOM and sports “ESPN 800” KVOM are part of the deal.

Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

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 to include stations in the Wynne area, as well as Jonesboro, Stuttgart, and Pocahontas through its affiliated companies.

In addition to its 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.” said 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.”