MUNCIE - Muncie-based Woof Boom Radio has acquired five stations in the Lima, Ohio area. The new additions, which will do business as The Childers Media Group, bring Woof Boom's total station count to 11 in Indiana and Ohio.

Woof Boom President J Chapman says the purchase is consistent with the company's "belief that control of local radio needs to be returned to local communities." The company expects the acquisition to be complete later this year, pending Federal Communications Commission approval.

Matt Childers formed Childers Media Group in 2013, and says he looks forward to "growing these stations and our ability to serve Lima as a locally-owned and managed radio group."

The acquisition includes:

WEGE (FM 104.9 ), Lima, Ohio
WWSR (FM 93.1 ), Lima, Ohio
WFGF (FM 92.1), Wapak/Cridersville, Ohio
WDOH (FM 107.1 ), Delphos, Ohio
WCIT (AM 940 ) , Lima, Ohio

The deal also involves 419 and CMG DIGITAL MARKETING.

Woof Boom's current stations in east central Indiana include:

WBKQ (FM 96.7), Alexandria, Indiana
WMXQ (FM 93.5), Hartford City, Indiana
WHBU (FM 103.7, AM 1240), Anderson, Indiana
WLBC (FM 104.1), Muncie, Indiana
WERK (FM 104.9), Muncie, Indiana
WXFN (FM 102.9, AM 1340) Muncie, Indiana