KZST-FM, Santa Rosa, sale announced
June 2, 2022, Santa Rosa, CA
Amaturo Sonoma Media Group (“ASMG”) and Redwood Empire Stereocasters (“RES”) announced today that ASMG will acquire two RES stations, KZST-FM and KWVF-FM, and other assets, in a sale expected to close in 3rd Quarter of this year. A Local Market Agreement (LMA), effective June 2, 2022, will permit ASMG to begin the operational obligations prior to FCC approval and closing.
Redwood Empire Stereocasters will continue to own and operate their stations KJZY, 106.3 FM and KBBL, 93.7 FM.
Lawrence Amaturo, co-founder and member manager of ASMG, LLC, commented: “With incredible care, Gordon Zlot created and developed KZST over 50 years ago and made it THE most listened-to station in Sonoma County. It remains just that even today. I am beyond thrilled that we can be the next torch-bearer for this great community gift.”
Gordon Zlot, founder and 50-year patriarch of KZST and the RES stations, said: “This was an agonizing decision, with over a half century of creating and maintaining KZST with rating superiority in Sonoma County, but in my decision to step-back in pace and work-life, I could not have found a better next-level operator-team than Lawrence Amaturo and Michael O’Shea. I will still be associated with all the stations, offering engineering and programming consultation, and pulling for them to the next level of success.”
Michael O’Shea, President of ASMG added: “I’m truly in awe of these great stations and the position they occupy in the hearts and ears of Sonoma County, and the brilliant leadership Gordon and his team have brought them, making radio so vital in the Northbay. I’m humbled at the thought of operating this combined great enterprise.”
About Redwood Empire Stereocasters: Founded over 50 years ago with flagship station KZST, Gordon Zlot and longtime general manager Tom Skinner, have built five full FM products with KZST 100.1, The Bull, 93.7, The Wolf 102.7, The (former) Beat, 106.3 and the Famous Jazzy-FM.
About Amaturo Sonoma Media Group, LLC: Now in its tenth year of operating in Sonoma County, led by co-founders Lawrence Amaturo and president Michael O’Shea. With radio stations: KSRO-AM/FM, Froggy 92.9, 97.7 The River and Hot 101.7 ASMG also owns and publishes the 46-year-old Northbay Biz Magazine and Waterdrop Digital Advertising. Company Website: sonomamediagroup.com