Music Business

Christian Radio Group Buys 103.7 FM

Update to story originally posted on May 25, 2012: Sounds like the switch became official at 5 p.m. today, and our friends on social media are pissed. Apparently the indie format went out with Semisonic's "Closing Time" and R.E.M.'s "It's The End Of The World As We Know It." Well played.

KHJK 103.7, the station known as "Houston's Adult Alternative" and the only place on Houston commercial radio to hear artists such as Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers, has been sold to a group of Christian-music radio stations.

According to the Web site, the California-based Educational Media Foundation, which runs the formats "K-Love" (Contemporary Christian) and "Air1" (Christian rock), has signed a letter of intent to buy KHJK.

Along with sports-talk station KFNC "The Ticket," KHJK was managed by Cumulus, but owned instead by a company called AR Broadcast Holdings, the result of a Chapter 11 reorganization. The Chronicle's David Barron reported that KRBE (104.1 FM), which is owned by Atlanta-based, publicly traded Cumulus Media Inc., will be unaffected by the sale.

No plans for any change in KHJK programming have been announced yet, but it probably doesn't have long. Rocks Off left a message for KHJK Program Director Steve Robison earlier this morning.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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