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Five Star Media Donates Radio Station to NMJC

8/25/2015 1:47:01 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. Five Star Media, owners of 100.9-FM, has donated the frequency to New Mexico Junior College, along with the transmitter and other broadcasting equipment. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the transfer of license in June 2015.  The station was off the air for almost a year, since August 15, 2014. 

The new 100.9-FM resumed broadcasting August 14, 2015 as a non-commercial, educational radio station. Adult hit music will be the initial music format, along with local community programs. NMJC Thunderbird basketball and baseball games will be broadcast live during the season, to further enhance the athletic programs of the college.

“This donation to New Mexico Junior College gives us opportunities we only dreamed of,” says Steve McCleery, president of NMJC. “With a radio station of 50,000 watts, we can reach all of Lea County and surrounding Texas counties with up-to-date information about activities and accomplishments at NMJC.  We have also had requests to broadcast many of our sporting events and other noteworthy NMJC happenings, and the gift from Five Star Media provides multiple possibilities.  We are taken aback by the magnitude of the donation, and thrilled and excited about future radio station capabilities and possibilities.”

“We are delighted to make this donation to the college,” says Tracy Fort, managing member of Five Star Media.  “Our family and company have always been very involved with the community.  When we decided to close 100.9, we looked at the best use for the station, and decided the college makes sense.”

Five Star Media, located in El Dorado, Arkansas, acquired 100.9-FM in 1995, operating the station as KEJL with a classic rock format. After the station went off the air last August, the call letters were switched with KPER, with KEJL moving to 100.5-FM, and KPER becoming 100.9.

Because the FCC mandated that KPER must be back on the air by August 15, NMJC is beginning with a music format only, until it slowly builds up its community talk programs and sports broadcasting.  The college will also be changing the call letters in the near future.

New Mexico Junior College is a comprehensive community college promoting success through learning.  The college is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

For more information, Susan Fine, Director of Communications:  sfine@nmjc.edu or 575-492-2781.

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