Clear Channel Communications announced its plans on January 10 to sell its Santa Barbara radio stations to Rincon Broadcasting for $17.3 million. Rincon – a subdivision of the Malibu-based Gold Coast Broadcasting – took control of FM stations KTYD, KSBL, KIST, and KSPE and AM stations KTMS and KBKO on January 16. KTYD morning show host Matt McAllister said he was enthusiastic about the change, as he thought the association with Clear Channel gave people a negative impression about the stations. Rincon has not announced any personnel changes.
The battle continues to rage between News-Press owner Wendy McCaw and former editor Jerry Roberts, who resigned in protest last summer. McCaw has filed a $25 million claim against Roberts, after Roberts filed a $10 million response to McCaw’s initial $500,000 complaint, in which she alleged he violated the terms and conditions of his contract. Despite all these angry zeros, none of the legal paperwork can be perused at the county courthouse, where such disputes are customarily aired. That’s because the dispute is being waged within the semi-confidential confines of arbitration, as is required under the terms of Roberts’s contract with the News-Press.