Allied Media Partners, which had been operating the station, doesn’t have anything to do with it.
In fact, AMP — which was going to buy the six stations — is no more.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have informed Allied Media Partners’ (AMP) staff that it is at an impasse with Rocking M Media,” said a statement from AMP CEO Matt Baty. “As a result, AMP will be closing its operations and terminating its staff effective immediately.”
In March, Have You Heard? reported that Rocking M planned to sell KKGQ, which is known as Kansas Country, to Allied along with Wichita stations KIBB, 97.1-FM, which is known as Bob-FM; KVWF, 100.5-FM, which is known as Flight; and KWME, 92.7-FM, which is known as the Blast.
Also included in the deal was to be Wellington’s KLEY, 100.3-FM and 1130-AM, which is known as the Wave; and Winfield’s KKLE, 1550-AM, a news and talk station.
While the purchase was still pending, Allied had an operating agreement with Rocking M to run the stations.
Monte Miller of Salina-based Rocking M Media, who could not be reached for comment on Monday, last week said the operating agreement ended without AMP coming up with $6.2 million to buy the stations.
Baty said AMP has the money plus more to operate the station but couldn’t close the deal because of Rocking M’s outstanding liens.
“For the past week AMP has extended an olive branch with the hope that it could put its employees back to work,” Baty’s statement said. “AMP required, however, that all assets be transferred free and clear of liens in connection with any payment. Rocking M Media refused.”
Look for more information as it’s available.