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Local group buys KRSO, 4 other stations

A local group of investors announced a $4.5 million deal today to buy five Sonoma County radio stations, including news/talk radio station KSRO.

The deal, which will be completed in May, also includes 97.7 The River, Hot 101.7, Mix 104.9 and Froggy 92.9.

Lawrence Amaturo, who previously owned KSRO and several other radio stations, will become the owner/operator of the group, called Sonoma Media Group LLC.

"The opportunity was irresistible," Amaturo said. "More than half of this community is listening to these stations each week."

Amaturo first bought KSRO and three other radio stations in 1996 and sold them in 2000 for nearly $30 million, he said.

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