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Posted by Chad (+1769) 15 years ago
Someone told me they saw a legal notice that the KMTA/KKRA radio station was up for a sheriff's sale? I don't recall seeing anything in the paper, does anyone else know anything about it?

I'd really hate to see the only decent non-PBS/NPR FM station we've got go away. They're off the air this morning? Anybody here anything factual?
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Posted by Dan (+456) 15 years ago
there have been a number of notices in the legals pertaining to this, it names something like Miles City Broadcasting Co. vs. a individual.
fwiw I havent listening to either station since they abandoned the classic rock format...

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Posted by Cindy (+392) 15 years ago
Does anyone have anymore info on this subject? They've been off the air since Thursday. Do they plan on being back? Ben Catley - can you share what's going on at the radio station? Missed the MCC games over the weekend.
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Posted by Kevin Senger (+26) 15 years ago
I have sold the radio stations to a small radio group and is waiting for the F.C.C to approve the sale. However, there are individuals trying to fight the sale and the license transfere with the FCC in Washington, so Im not sure what will happen or what Im going to do. The Big transitters on government hill have been turned off and will not get turned back on until the sale has been approved. However I've got the equipment to turn it on in town so we could cover about a 20 mile radius around Miles City, just not sure right now what I want to do. If you know any buyers, call me! Now you have it from the horses mouth.
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Posted by Cindy (+392) 15 years ago
Thank you, Kevin, for taking the time to reply. As you know, with things like this there is always speculation and rumor so it's nice to hear it from you who knows.

Thanks again.
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Posted by Art Jacobsen (+46) 15 years ago
Kevin:

What are the implications of your sale to your creditors? They deserve to hear from you. The silence has been deafening.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+15075) 15 years ago
Is this the place to have "that" discussion?
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11885) 15 years ago
There is much more to the story but this is not an appropriate forum.
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Posted by Sam (+71) 15 years ago
So, why on earth, would you say anything at all? A little ego boost maybe.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11885) 15 years ago
Sigh. Never mind.

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Posted by Kevin Senger (+26) 15 years ago
Ok miss know it all...tell me what you think you know. I m the owner and you know more than me. This should be Ineresting Amerette!!!!.....If you look into tonights Miles City Star, you will see the license transfere for the sale of the stations. Amerette, Im so sick and tired of your gossup on this forum. You told everyone this summer that Sanjel was going to rent my first floor and did they, NOT. You really need to keep your opionons to yourself until you know what the heck you are talking about! Tell all of us what is really behind the story!!!!!! Yes there was a sheriff's sale to protect the the person who has the contract for deed. My contract is up and I don't have 440K to buy out my contract so the station went up for sale in April. I have a buyer and we are waiting for the FCC sale. As you can tell, I m on the air today on low power and have ordered a new annetena and will be back in the next couple of days. AT least Amerette I try to serve Miles City in stead of cutting down people and businesses like you do in this forum! I would like to see you own and run a business and keep it going. I have 10 employees that I need to take care of, how many to you have to take care of. I have been busting my butt off to serve Miles City, I love this town and all of my customers have been there for me. Thank you for that. But I can't stand people like you who are there to rip people down who try to make Miles City a better place to live. Yes, I have had my problems, yes Im not a perfect person, yes I have fallen at times, the only person who I know that is better is GOD. There.....if you know any more PLEASE TELL US!!!!

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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6113) 15 years ago
There is much more to the story but this is not an appropriate forum.

What a terrible thing to write! For shame!

I try to serve Miles City in stead of cutting down people and businesses like you do in this forum!

Wow, Kevin. Tactful as always. I can't imagine what your ire would have been had she actually written, well, anything. Those PR skills of yours are sure to take you far in whatever your next endeavor happens to be. Whatever it is, I'm sure there will be no "cutting down" of people on your part, Mr. Class. Yeesh!

I'd ask you to remember when I had respectfully asked you to have the Wilcox's not refer to your station as the "only local coverage of the 2003 State Boys Basketball Tournament" (only because it wasn't). You told me, "So don't listen."

Follow your own advice, Kevin. If you don't like what Amorette has to say, don't read it. Petulance doesn't sell advertising, but I'm sure you know that. I can't imagine why Amorette hoped that the tone would return to one of civility, can you?

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Posted by Kevin Senger (+26) 15 years ago
If you recall Brian, KKRY was the only station that sent a LOCAL Person, Mr. Wilcox, to the state baskeball tourny. The other station took a radio station feed from the city of host. Thats way we broadcasted that we had the only LOCAL coverage, cause in fact, we did. We had a local announcer, Mr Wilcox whom is from Miles City, and the other station in town did not. You got snotty with me over the phone because YOU were right and I was wrong, I wasn't going to argue with you so I told you there are other stations you can listen to. You called during one of our busiest times, Im sorry if you took it wrong. I will tell you again...IM SORRY BRIAN I UPSET YOU.



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Posted by James Shaw (+37) 15 years ago
Huh.. I was wondering what was going on.. I thought something was wrong with my radio for awhile when visiting my parents.

I hope the station goes back online soon. I did like it when it was a classic rock station, but that was awhile ago. It's nice when I'm away from Billings to listen to something else besides country and Top 40 music.

James
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Posted by jwingnut (+17) 15 years ago
Very curious when the new station will be up and running and if they will be needing people to help with day to day operations?
-J
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Posted by G. Everett (+5) 15 years ago
Well I hope you guys and gals the best of luck on getting a radio station back up and running in your town. I just want to know who is taking over so I can transfer the domain name (WebSite) of www.radiomt.com to. Can't seem to get a return call back from Kevin Senger, I called that office before it was shut down almost everyday and left messages. Never have gotten a returned call from Kevin still to this day.

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Posted by john5556 (+7) 15 years ago
I can't honestly figure out why anyone would want this station. Anyone who would be interested in getting into the radio business in town would be wiser to purchase an entirely new set-up and put it in a building not associated with either of the 2 (or 3 or 4 or 30) parties that are already involved with the "sale" of KKRY/KMTA. The time and frustration you would save by doing that would be worth the cost alone, not to mention the inflated price tag they have on this one. Of course you would still have to get FCC approval for a license, but you would have to do that anyways. Seems to me to be a lot of work to buy a business someone has run into the ground.
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Posted by Kevin Senger (+26) 15 years ago
Johnn5556 just to let you know that Hot Country 92.3 FM and 1050 KMTA was ranked #1 in Eastern Montana amoung listners 21 and up for the last 4 years, plus generated the most advertising dollars among media in Eastern Montana. You said it was run into the ground? How did you come up with that fact when it was appraised, for over 850K. The FCC will not allow another radio station license in Miles
City so they would have to purchase the license from KKRY - KMTA. If the FCC by some slime chance would allow another frequency, John, if thats your real name, which I doubt it, it would take over 1 million dollars to put a Class C-O FM and a Class D AM on the air today. Plus to get licensed through the FCC, it would take a good five years go get it on the air, thats it no one petitions against it. So its not easier to just put on the air. I can see John you really know what your talking about when it comes to the radio industry. I can see you are just someone who wanted to take a crack at me and act like you knew what you were talking about. Let me give you some friendly advice John (?) in the future, when responding about something you dont know about, please get your facts straight first.
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Posted by Kacey (+3153) 15 years ago
So far this thread had been positive. People want another radio station. Suggestions have been given. Support. Ideas. John, if all you want is to be negative, please don't write on here. And Kevin, I understand your being upset, but do like Rosie's doing with the Dump Truck...ignore and he will go away. Keep this a forward moving thread, not a place for attacks.
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Posted by Kevin Senger (+26) 15 years ago
Sorry Kacey, I just get to upset when people don't have the guts to put there name out there, but they have the courage to attack people. Its like the old unsigned letter. If you want to bitch, sign it with your entire name. I can handle suggestions and replys, only if the person is BIG enough to sign it. I really think our web master needs to make people sign in with there full and real name. Not with just a user name. I bet the discussions would be different on this web sight.

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Posted by Kacey (+3153) 15 years ago
Just remember that people put others down in order to lift themselves up. Don't go down that road. Use the positives you have gotten from this site and move forward. You've had lots of people give you their thoughts in order to help you in your quest. Count the good, forget the bad.
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Posted by Dan (+456) 15 years ago
I was following this thread till Rosie got mentioned...now I wont be able to read it anymore
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Posted by john5556 (+7) 15 years ago
I apologize for sounding negative. It's not that KKRY/KMTA were bad stations to listen to, they were actually darn good. We in Miles City deserve another station besides the ones we now have, for nothing else but to have a choice. I am not disputing that fact. What I am saying is this: if your stations generated more ad dollars than any other station in Eastern Montana, they why are you off of the air and unable to pay your taxes. That sheriff's sale was for something, right? Now you expect us to believe that you are a victim. How do your advertisers feel about you charging them to illegally broadcast their messages in town now, on low power, maybe reaching a quarter of a mile from your station? I know your just "serving" Miles City, but who are we trying to kid here?
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Posted by Kevin Senger (+26) 15 years ago
John5556

I can tell your not a professional, this really does not need to be aired in public. But meanwhile you insist, I have nothing to hide. I rather be honist and have the truth out instead of people like YOU gosiiping. If you go to the FCC web site, the terms of the stations sale is there, but I'll tell you John Boy. The sheriffs sales was because I had a balloon payment of 455K with the contract holders, and I did not want to buy out my contract. I really did not want to have a bank payment of about 7K per month for the next 15 years or so. If you have ever owned your own business, which I bet you have not John Boy, it can be a pain in the butt. I sold the stations for a little over 850K so Im not a victum. Alittle over 450K profit...... I did very well. I put the stations up for sale in April of this year. They were sold and the new owner will be getting them on the air very soon and they will kick some butt!!! I can't wait because it will be great!!!!!!

The advertisers have not been scammed. Where did you get that nonsence. Thats you talking and not knowing a thing again. My customers were billed properly for everything they purchased. They have NOT been billed for anything they did not get. And how am "illegally broadcast their messages in town"?.

Come on John Boy, what is the REALL problem here? When did I bite your butt? Its not the stations you have a problem with, is it. If you have a problem with me, call me and we can talk about it. When you run down the stations, your running down my employees. You said the stations were "run into the ground." I had damb good employees and Im not going to let you cut them down! So give it up John Boy and call me if you have a beef with me and leave the stations and my employees out of it! By the way, who are you? I figured you wouldn't tell us.

Im not going to reply to any more of your postings John5556, your accusations really aren't worth my time.


Signed

Kevin J. Senger







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Posted by depends on the day (+9) 15 years ago
Careful Kevin, as one of your past employees, I think you may be fibbing a little. At least about you saying you are proud of your employees. If I can remember I think you called me everything but a white woman. I seem to remember that I upset ALL of my clients and none of them would pay their bill so you just couldn't pay me, along with many other promises made during my employment. I spoke with many of them and that was news to them. Go ahead and slam me here you will go to bed tonight knowing everything is true.
It was a long time ago but seems to me when I called the Montana Labor board I was one on a long list of complaints. Now that you made your big bucks off the sale you can afford to pay everyone that worked for you what they are owed!
Just an idea.
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Posted by john5556 (+7) 15 years ago
Ok Kevin, reply or not. Your right, I might not know all of the facts of your pending sale. But there are a couple of things that confuse me. Here is my list:

1. In your first comment within this thread, you announce that you sold the radio stations. Here, let me refresh your memory:

"I have sold the radio stations to a small radio group and is waiting for the F.C.C to approve the sale. However, there are individuals trying to fight the sale and the license transfere with the FCC in Washington, so Im not sure what will happen or what Im going to do. The Big transitters on government hill have been turned off and will not get turned back on until the sale has been approved. However I've got the equipment to turn it on in town so we could cover about a 20 mile radius around Miles City, just not sure right now what I want to do."

Now that MORE than implies that a transaction has taken place and that your are just awaiting some sort of resolution between the buyers, the FCC, and a third party. However, you end your statement with the following:

"If you know any buyers, call me! Now you have it from the horses mouth."

If you had already sold the stations, why would you need a buyer?


2. You mention a sheriff's sale. Here is your quote:

"Yes there was a sheriff's sale to protect the the person who has the contract for deed."

I by no means am an attorney, but a sheriffs sale is only conducted for one reason, and that is as a last ditch effort to recover monies owed to the county, NOT to private party.

Now, you question my business savvy. Let me clear that up. I think I would be correct in assuming that the "small radio group" you have tentavily sold your stations to are not the same people you origionally purchased them from to begin with. And considering you still owe them money and/or have let the contract go back to them, they are the party protesting the transfer of the license. And the reason they are protesting the transfer of the license is because they feel they should retain possession of that license, correct? I believe we have both stated that a license is needed to broadcast, correct? However, once you own the license, you have very well got the bull by the horns so to speak. Therefore, once a party has the license, no matter where you "set up shop" you are in business. Now, yes, it might be a major investment to put up new studios, offices, towers, transmitters, so on and so forth, but it is possible.

As for the value of your stations, I doubt that if you sold them for as much as you say you did, doubling your money and paying off the origional contract, which you implied by stating you owed $400,000 and change (your number changed throughout the thread) and you sold the stations for $850,000, therefore clearing about $400,000 and change, that the contract is in fact paid and the contract is clear. Then why is he (if in fact it is the origional owner) protesting the transfer of the license? Why would he have to protect his investment by purchasing his own property at the sheriff's sale? Wouldn't he already own it? Something not quite right about that. Do fill us in.

As for your illegally broadcasting your signal within Miles City. You say you have sold your stations. You don't have a transmitter. You don't have a tower. You are broadcasting your signal off of your FM exciter. I'm not sure, but the license doesn't seem to cover that.

In response to your accusation about me having a beef with you, no, not exactly. My beef is with the lies and half truths posted during this thread. I hope we in Miles City get those radio stations back. I know that they will be great, they were great to begin with. I have met several of your employees, and they ARE great people. I just wish that they could have been treated better. Your employees deserved to get paid what they are owed, as do all of us that work for a living. Your alleged money and payroll problems are between you, them, and if there is a problem, the state. I have listened to stations when they are on the air, and I highly doubt that the majority of them didn't pay their bills with you for no good reason, if they in fact did recieve from you what they intended to purchase.

Kevin, you state that you are here busting your butt to serve the people of Miles City. Don't lie to us, we are smarter than you are obviously giving us credit for.
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Posted by Kacey (+3153) 15 years ago
Aren't Sheriff's Sales a matter of public record? If so you should be able to go to the courthouse, ask to see the record of the sale and see the amount and to whom it was sold. Just an idea.
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Posted by Kevin Senger (+26) 15 years ago
John,

read the FCC page or see sam's reply..............

By the way...WHO ARE YOU??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
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Posted by Kevin Senger (+26) 15 years ago
Depends on the Day...

I remember....you were the one that was naughty at the christmas party...you dont want me to go there.....I bet your hubby doesnt know
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Posted by Lisa Bastian (+16) 15 years ago
I too am a former employee of Senger Broadcasting. Not only was I treated with respect - I was paid what I was worth and on time. Thanks Kevin! I had worked in the radio industry in a larger market for an independently owned radio group for many years before working for SBC and I had a great experience there as well - as a matter of fact Kevin you had worked for "him" too many years ago if I recall. I had the opportunity to interview for a position with "the" largest radio group in the country when I moved to PHX and one of the questions I was asked was "what did I like best in working in broadcasting sales?" I told the panel that it was while I was working for SBC, because not only did I work in sales but I was given the opportunity to work in production as well due the small market & it gave me a new perspective in sales to better meet the needs of my clients. By the way Kevin, I was offered that postion as well in PHX!
I am a true believer that what you "put in to a position is what you put out". In other words a positive attitude & hard work $ pays off!
Speaking of positive attitudes - this thread needs a little.

By the way these transactions go on all the time in all markets - but in smaller markets it seems to be "big" news, and as far the FCC any transactions with them can be a long... process.

CONGRATULATIONS & Good Luck Kevin in your future endeavors!

Lisa Bastian
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Posted by depends on the day (+9) 15 years ago
oh yes Kevin, always the victim. I never went to a Christmas party, my husband knows everything I have done and it doesn't surprise me that you are taking the short road. If you have to always turn things around for you to be the victim why did you email me telling me thanks for being a good person. Most people, when maturing, find it is simpler to own up to one's mistakes and move on. It is alot easier than spending all this time and effort to try and make it look like everyone ELSE'S fault. I pray you get there one day - for your kids sake.
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3718) 15 years ago
Dang I'm out of popcorn.
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Posted by Chad (+1769) 15 years ago
Who is Stephan A. Marks and what is the Custer County Community Broadcasting Corporation? What are the plans and what is the schedule?
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Posted by Charleen Schliep (+18) 15 years ago
I am also one of Kevins former employees. Kevin was always a caring person and had a tissue for all the emotional women that had issues and needed someone to talk to, be it crabby business owners, or personal problems. I don't think his life for him really changed until a certain women became his better half, and took advantage of him. His whole world fell apart and life became diffucult. Perhaps No one else has had the rug pulled out from underneath them but I have, and I have to give him the credit he deserves. Life is not perfect and neither is any one that may be putting there two cent in. So let it go I'm sure Kevin is not the only person who has made a mistake. I want to thank Kevin for helping me with my schooling, and let him know I graduate in May of 2007 with my Networking and Cumputer Science Degrees. Thanks and good luck to you.

Charleen Schliep
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Posted by Charleen Schliep (+18) 15 years ago
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Posted by poisonspaghetti (+286) 15 years ago
This is hilarious, being played out on the "big screen" of milescity.com. Somebody ought to get a Pulitzer for this stuff.
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Posted by GJM (+23) 15 years ago
Doe Miles City just need someone to bash....I don't agree with some of the things Keven has done but my God people give him a break....He sold he didn't go bankrupt...having a business in this town is certaintly not easy although it does give people something to talk about..show be a business person in this town that wouldn't sell for a profit..I don't know One...So my thought for all you bashers..the medical profession can fix alot of things, BUT THEY CAN'T DO A DAMN THING ABOUT STUPID........so lay off until you have been in that position............
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Posted by Sara (pelletier) Kellum (+66) 15 years ago
Well said!
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Posted by K. D. (+367) 15 years ago
Ok, I have one question. Mr Senger writes "Johnn5556 just to let you know that Hot Country 92.3 FM and 1050 KMTA was ranked #1 in Eastern Montana amoung listners 21 and up for the last 4 years". I would like to know where he got this information. I have never taken a poll or a questionaire about which area radio station I liked the best. Everyone that I have ever asked has never taken such a poll or questionaire. Where did this information come from? I personally hate country and the stuff KATL plays, so I bought XM.
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Posted by Bob L. (+5100) 15 years ago
K.D.

It's probably the Arbitron ratings, though I'm not sure whether they hit markets as small as MC.

http://www.arbitron.com/home/content.stm
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Posted by Chad (+1769) 15 years ago
In the past I've been sent a poll by Nielsen or some other ratings agency. It had me track all my TV, radio, and other media use for two weeks. I assume that's the type of poll in use. It is fairly common, but only hits a small percentage of the population, they then extrapolate numbers for the whole population.
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Posted by Big Dave (+439) 15 years ago
Had to bring this one back to the top.

Is the radio station up and operating again or are they toying with us?
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Posted by Tucker Bolton (+3708) 15 years ago
I used to just be happy I'm Jewish. Now I'm happy I have Sirius Radio and this thread to keep me entertained.
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Posted by Chad (+1769) 15 years ago
Oldies Rock & Roll on 92.3 FM! I pushed the button during lunch today and heard Kevin doing ads between the Beatles and Jefferson Airplane. I am now officially an oldie. When I was a young kid I thought Elvis and the Supremes were oldies.

I hope the station stays and that we can now enjoy some Rock & Roll on our local FM station. Hey, I'm listening to the radio today instead of Internet radio!
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Posted by Doug and Sami (+194) 15 years ago
I would just like to add that I rent the first floor of the radio station, and my dealings with Kevin have always been pleasant. Kevin is a good person and is trying to do his best!
Everyone has skeletons in their closet! Before you bash on Kevin look where you are at.
Try taking a chance in Miles City, Business isn't easy. If it was everyone would be doing it! I know first handed.
Thanks Kevin, Keep up the good work! I love the new stations!
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