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    Quote Originally Posted by Kent View Post
    Contrary to what a lot of people seem to think, most of your NPR member stations are doing very well and aren't likely to go anywhere anytime soon.
    I agree with that for the most part, but there has been a series of college stations on the market lately. I expect there will be more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kent View Post
    EMF has done it before. It's in the process of swapping a station at 106.3 for a non-comm band station in Fresno. It really doesn't seem to care where on the band its stations are. It's just been buying more commercial band stations lately because more of them are for sale and are willing to sell for prices EMF will pay. The low hanging fruit in the non-comm band has largely already been picked. Contrary to what a lot of people seem to think, most of your NPR member stations are doing very well and aren't likely to go anywhere anytime soon.
    That's exactly what EMF did when they acquired the Classical South Florida stations in 2015, which consisted of a Ft. Myers FM, a Miami FM, and a West Palm Beach FM. Therefore, EMF switched 98.5 to Radio Nueva Vida as a placeholder format when EMF was selling the station to Sun Broadcasting. However, Beasley and Renda filed petitions to deny the sale and it took about a year and a half to close the sale. The sale finally closed this past June, and Sun flipped the station to Rhythmic CHR branded as "Fly 98.5", giving a competitor to one of my most favorite iHeartRadio stations, 105.5 The Beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miketheradioguy View Post
    I would prefer to leave the Boston spinoffs for commercial broadcasters. Since Entercom will divest stations in Wilkes-Barre, I'm thinking that 95.9 and 107.9 could go to EMF for 106.9 in Philly instead.
    I hope Entercom doesn't sell 107.9 WKRF because it does well as a simulcast with KRZ at 98.5. I doubt EMF would sell 106.9 in Philly. EMF are big on city signals. They own 96.7 in NYC a move in from CT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbrahamJSimpson View Post
    96.5 is going classical as the new "Yesterday's 96.5, Philly's new number one for throw-Bachs."
    Classical music isn't a well-supported format on commercial radio. There was a commercial classical station serving the Philadelphia market (currently 95.7 Ben-FM) until it was sold to Greater Media (which Beasley now owns) in 1997. Although it would allow Temple University's WRTI to return to jazz full-time, I wouldn't expect Entercom to flip any of their stations to Classical music.

    In fact, most classical music radio stations are non-commercial and are usually located on the non-commercial band, although some can be found on the commercial band but are operated as a non-commercial station. There are some commercially-operated classical radio stations that exist or have existed, such as the WBACH network in Maine which was shut down on February 19, 2017, and 95.5 KHFM in Albuquerque which is being donated to a non-profit operator who intends to convert the station to its non-commercial status while preserving the classical format on the station as part of American General Media's acquisition of Univision's Albuquerque cluster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vb2285 View Post
    I hope Entercom doesn't sell 107.9 WKRF because it does well as a simulcast with KRZ at 98.5. I doubt EMF would sell 106.9 in Philly. EMF are big on city signals. They own 96.7 in NYC a move in from CT.
    As far I know, Entercom has placed 95.9 in the trust, although it doesn't preclude Entercom from divesting additional stations. If Entercom divests 95.9 (or any of their spinoffs) to EMF, I would like expect EMF to give one of their stations to Entercom in return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miketheradioguy View Post
    Classical music isn't a well-supported format on commercial radio. There was a commercial classical station serving the Philadelphia market (currently 95.7 Ben-FM) until it was sold to Greater Media (which Beasley now owns) in 1997. Although it would allow Temple University's WRTI to return to jazz full-time, I wouldn't expect Entercom to flip any of their stations to Classical music.

    In fact, most classical music radio stations are non-commercial and are usually located on the non-commercial band, although some can be found on the commercial band but are operated as a non-commercial station. There are some commercially-operated classical radio stations that exist or have existed, such as the WBACH network in Maine which was shut down on February 19, 2017, and 95.5 KHFM in Albuquerque which is being donated to a non-profit operator who intends to convert the station to its non-commercial status while preserving the classical format on the station as part of American General Media's acquisition of Univision's Albuquerque cluster.
    Mike, what AJS wrote was meant as a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woofboom View Post
    Mike, what AJS wrote was meant as a joke.
    I get it. It would be nice if Philly had a full time Classical station again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    I agree with that for the most part, but there has been a series of college stations on the market lately. I expect there will be more.
    If that's the case, then EMF would be the first buyer that would come to mind whenever a college radio station goes up for sale.

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