WFTZ 101.5 FM to join The Duck (WDUC 93.9 FM), which is licensed in Lynchburg
MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Manchester adult contemporary radio station Fantasy Radio (WFTZ 101.5 FM) has been sold to a Tullahoma buyer.
According to papers filed last week with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Fantasy Radio’s parent company, Phase Two Communications, Inc., has agreed to sell the Class A station to Tullahoma-based Bowman Broadcasting, LLC, for $425,000.
Manchester stalwart Roger “Big Kahuna” Dotson owned and operated Phase Two Communications until he died in 2012. Upon his death, control of the family-owned licensee corporation was transferred to his daughter, Amber Dotson.
“We are proud to have served this community for 24 years and my family and I are excited to see the future of Fantasy Radio,” said Dotson.
Bowman Broadcasting operates another established adult contemporary radio station in the Tullahoma-area market. Licensed in Lynchburg, The Duck (WDUC 93.9 FM) has offices in the 401 Wilson Ave. Coker building in Tullahoma from which it broadcasts.
The licensee corporation is controlled by Tullahoma resident Peter Bowman.
A study by Bowling Green, Kentucky-based broadcast consultants Anderson Associates determined common ownership of the two stations within the local, non-rated market was permissible.
“We are really excited about the opportunity of upholding the fine tradition that the Dotson family has had with Fantasy,” said Bowman. “The station is a terrific one up there and I think that, together with The Duck, we’ll be able to serve Tullahoma and Manchester and Mid-Southern Tennessee really well.”
Bowman’s broadcast team is due to take over the Manchester station later this summer. “Right now,” he said, “it’s business as usual.”
Listeners shouldn’t notice any immediate difference in Fantasy Radio programming as a result of the sale. “The plan is to continue to program it similarly and continue to be the exclusive Bonnaroo radio station.”
Bowman moved to Middle Tennessee from Alexandria, Va., a little more than three years ago, roughly coinciding with the March 2013 purchase of WDUC from Valleydale Broadcasting LLC.
“We just love the area and love the industry and we feel like two-plus-two is at least four and we’re hoping it will be five or six or 10 in terms of the exciting things we can do now with the only other full-power FM in our whole area,” said Bowman.
Fantasy Radio is located at 1027 Hillsboro Blvd. in Manchester.
—By KELLY LAPCZYNSKI, Tullahoma News Staff Writer