The auction for Bob Romanik’s four radio stations, dubbed the “radio grim reaper,” began on Tuesday. KQQZ (1190 PM) in Fairview Heights, KZQZ (2:30 PM) in St. Louis, WQQW (3:10 PM) in Heights, and WQQX (2:00 PM) in East St. Louis are the four stations.
No bids had been submitted as of Wednesday, according to FCC records. The auction will take place online and last two weeks, according to FCC officials. The station that airs Romanik’s weekday show Kool Killer Country’s is KQQZ. Racist, homophobic, and misogynistic insults have been made repeatedly on the broadcast.
The auction of a group of AM stations originally tied to controversial commentator Bob Romanik has been planned for July 27 by the Federal Communications Commission. According to trade newspaper Radio Insight, the FCC set a minimum bid of $50,000 per frequency for the station on Monday.
The sale, which had been planned for last summer, was canceled due to a variety of factors, including the coronavirus epidemic. Other AM station submissions that would violate the existing coverage area of the four local frequencies were also halted by the FCC at the time.
KQQZ (1190 PM) in Fairview Heights, KZQZ (2:30 PM) in St. Louis, WQQW (3:10 PM) in Highland, and WQQX (2:00 PM) in East St. Louis are the four stations. KQQZ stands for
The show has been repeatedly criticized for racist, homophobic and misogynistic remarks. The FCC revoked the operating licenses of the four stations last March, even though KQQZ and KZQZ aired without a license for weeks. KZQZ has a relatively steady audience for its classic country songs from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. The complaint prompted the FCC to revoke the license, led by St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern. Kern could not be reached for comment on the upcoming auction this week.