|The Daily News Journal - "Accent"
Sunday, January 25, 1981
Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee
Hale Broadcasting sells
Monte Hale, president of Hale Broadcasting Corp.,
last weekend announced the sale of Murfreesboro
stations WMTS-AM and WKOS-FM, subject to the
approval of the Federal Communications Commission
in Washington DC.
Total consideration for both sales was slightly
over $3.8 million.
The opportunity to sell both stations
proved to be just at the right time, Hale
said. I know I will miss the
business, but it was just too good to turn down.
I plan to remain active in the community,
he said, and hope to continue as the Voice
of the Blue Raiders.
WMTS AM has been sold, for a total consideration
of $1.3 millon, to the McCreery Broadcasting
Corp., of which veteran broadcaster John McCreery
is the 100 percent stockholder. WMTS is a
5,000 watt clear- channel station operating at
810 on the AM dial with coverage in Middle
Tennessee and parts of Kentucky and Alabama.
Monte Hale (left) congratulates
John McCreery on the purchase of two Murfreesboro
stations, WMTS-AM and WKOS-FM. The sale is
subject to approval by the Federal Communications
Commission in Washington DC. (Accent Photo by Rick Mansfield)
McCreery is known to many in the community as a
former broadcaster at both WMTS and WGNS who
returned to Murfreesboro in June of 1980 to serve
as president of WMTS until the recent sale.
McCreery first came to Murfreesboro to work at
WMTS in 1961, the same time which Hale began his
local career as a Top 40 disc jockey at WGNS.
John has been a friend for such a long time
and I am just as excited about him owning his own
station as he is, Hale said. And
all of Murfreesboro knows what a professional
John is and the community has been the gainer.
McCreery said he hopes to increase his stations
airtime from daytime only to 24 hours. Otherwise,
he said, he plans few changes at WMTS at the
McCreery began his broadcasting career as a disc
jockey in La Grange, Ga. In 1959 and, after
stints in Chattanooga and Columbia, the Nashville
native moved to Murfreesboro to begin working for
WMTS. In October 1975, he moved to WGNS and
served as the stations operation manager
until December, when he purchased an interest in
WYGO AM-FM in Corbin, Ky.
My family and I have always loved
Murfreesboro, McCreery said, and its
a great thrill to return to WMTS. We are
looking forward to many exciting things that WMTS
can do for our city and county.
WKOS, a 100,000 watt stereo station located at
96.3 on the FM dial and offering dual
identification with both Murfreesboro and
Nashville, has been sold to WKOS Inc., for a
total consideration of $2,522,000.
WKOS Inc. is a Tennessee corporation, which is
owned by Thomas Armshaw of Greensboro, N.C.; Joe
Wolf, a Los Angeles attorney and movie producer
who has other business holdings; and Murray Moss,
who is an investor and and president in a Los
Angeles printing supply firm. The three
also own WROK in Greensboro, N.C. and KPLV in
Wolf, who serves as president of the corporation,
was one of the producers of the movie Halloween.
Armshaw, Wolf and Moss have indicated they hope
to purchase four more Class C FM stations in the
25-to-50 market range in the next several years.
WKOS increased its power in early December and
the stations transmitting facilities are
located near Gladeville and broadcasting from a
recently constructed 810-foot tower.
Hale said his immediate plans include resting and
recovering from his recent surgery for cancer and
continuing his association with MTSU sports
Hale is a native of Alkol, W.Va. He came to
Tennessee in 1961 and was employed at WAKI in
McMinnville. He moved to Murfreesboro the
same year and beome a disc jockey at WGNS.
I may have been known at the time as
Murfreesboros first Top 40 jock, Hale
Hale worked for WGNS until June 1977, when he
purchased WMTS AM and FM from Tom Perryman,
Billie Perryman, and Mary Reeves. Under
Hales ownership, WMTS FM later became WKOS.
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edited: October 30, 2004