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Originally published Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 6:53 PM

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Hubbard buys Sandusky radio stations in Seattle, Phoenix

Twin Cities-based Hubbard Radio has agreed to buy Sandusky Radio’s 10 stations in Phoenix and Seattle for $85.5 million.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twin Cities-based Hubbard Radio has agreed to buy Sandusky Radio’s 10 stations in Phoenix and Seattle for $85.5 million.

The Seattle stations are: KQMV 92.5 FM (pop contemporary hits), KLCK 98.9 FM (modern contemporary), KRWM 106.9 FM (soft contemporary), KIXI 880 AM (standards) and KKNW 1150 AM (alternative talk).

The deal was announced Tuesday and requires regulatory approval.

Both Hubbard and Sandusky are private family-owned companies.

The sale ends Sandusky’s 36-year history as a radio broadcasting company. Sandusky Newspapers of Sandusky, Ohio, says the sale will allow the company to concentrate on the digital transformation of its local print and online newspaper and marketing franchises.

St. Paul-based Hubbard owns 16 radio stations in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis and Cincinnati, and 10 television stations in New Mexico, upstate New York and Minnesota.

Hubbard Radio chair Ginny Morris says she expects no programming or personnel changes at any of the radio stations acquired in the transaction.

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