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    Is this true WPLJ 95.1 is no more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bizzle13 View Post
    I am actually really upset about this. I grew up on PLJ. That is a heritage station in NYC! How could Cumulus do that?! If anything I would have gotten rid of 103.9!

    But Cumulus itself was under Chapter 11 bankruptcy at one point though and there's been talks of reforms for some time though after the Dickeys left Cumulus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TVCOOL View Post
    Is this true WPLJ 95.1 is no more?

    You must mean WPLJ 95.5. Read the subject line.

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    A couple of thoughts: So here's the selloff everyone wanted, but no rich New Yorker interested in bidding on the signal to "bring back the glory days".
    How long does WABC stay under Cumulus ownership as essentially a stand-alone AM. Even granting they need that signal to clear Cumulus syndicated product, it doesn't make that much sense. Who in the world would buy WABC as a stand-alone and what would they do with it?
    Would reducing the number of commercial stations in New York and other markets that are part of this swap help the revenue of the remaining ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr8oldies View Post
    Would reducing the number of commercial stations in New York and other markets that are part of this swap help the revenue of the remaining ones?
    That's an interesting theory. I will say that's one reason why commercial broadcasters didn't oppose the establishment of NCE stations at the lower end of the FM dial. Then again, that was done ten years before the band became relevant.

    I'll also add something I said earlier: When Cumulus bought WFME from Family Radio 6 years ago, it replaced a non-commercial religious station with a commercial country station. So by selling 95.5 to EMF, it is essentially returning a station to the religious folks. Of course, they get a better signal in the exchange. But they're also paying a lot of cash for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ai4i View Post
    The all-new:
    Where People Love Jesus
    My 'god' I post this little joke also on the dentist board last evening, he deleted it...pff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crainbebo View Post
    Very, very sad to see WPLJ go to a Jesuscaster. The years as WABC-FM with a freeform format in the 1960s, moving to Progressive Rock 'Love' in 1968, and then Allen Shaw and Bob Henaberry with the breakthrough of album-oriented rock on FM radio as WPLJ in 1971. Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Doobie Brothers and Cream were several of the bands presented on one of the top FM stations in New York City in the late 1970s. Next, they went top 40 in the early 1980s, and continued to be at the top of the ratings. Remember their brief stint as WWPR?
    They shifted to Hot AC in 1992, today's best hits without 'the rap and the sleepy elevator music'. Scott Shannon had a long career at 95.5, and Al Bandiero did the 1970s show weeknights and Saturdays.
    A heritage station with a long history, now sold to an owner who will just program satellite CCM music...and the only local anything? The TOH ID: 'You're listening to New York's Positive Encouraging K-LOVE. 95.5 WPLJ, New York City.' RIP WPLJ!

    I was thinking Hubbard Radio would get its feet in the door to save it from EMF.....Exit fun radio, enter brainwash radio.

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    Religious broadcasting may not be someone's cup of tea. But there is no obligation, nor does it make for good business, to shell out millions of dollars to "save" a station from another qualified buyer willing to put up the necessary cash. That's not how business works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbrahamJSimpson View Post
    Religious broadcasting may not be someone's cup of tea. But there is no obligation, nor does it make for good business, to shell out millions of dollars to "save" a station from another qualified buyer willing to put up the necessary cash. That's not how business works.
    In the 1970s, WCAS 740 Cambridge, MA, a daytimer with a unique folk/folk-rock/blues/jazz/etc. format, was the target of religious broadcasters twice, but (quoting Wikipedia here)...
    After Kaiser/Globe took over, the AM side at first broadcast a format with music and local news of interest to listeners in Cambridge and nearby communities, but was not very successful. By 1969, WCAS had flipped to Oldies. This was followed in 1972 by a soft rock format that, by 1973, had evolved into a folk/rock format which, while not enormously successful, gained a devoted following in the Boston area. In 1974 and then again in 1975, WCAS was almost sold to religious broadcasters, but both times, citizens groups intervened and thwarted the sales. The format continued even after Kaiser finally sold the station, in 1976, but ended with a sale of the station in 1981 after the then-owners, Dan Murphy and Mel Stone, were forced to file bankruptcy for WCAS. The rest of the 1980s would see a revolving door of owners, call letters, and formats.
    Of course, the white knights who rode in to save fair 'CAS from the God Squad back then didn't have to come up with millions of dollars to get the job done, and they wound up going broke anyway and the station became WLVG, with a black Gospel music format. (As most radio geeks know, this station eventually became Bob Bittner's donation-supported standards/soft AC WJIB.) And no citizens group, even if it had a billionaire sugar daddy behind it, would ever be so worked up about a struggling New York City AC that it would try to outbid EMF or anyone else for it.
    Last edited by CTListener; 02-14-2019 at 09:14 AM.

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    I don't recall seeing a price for the sale, vis-a-vis WPLJ alone.

    In other words, when the deeds of these WYAY and K-whatevers are scrutinized, and closing fees are settled, and be-wigged figures bang the final gavel, how much did WPLJ per se wind up costing EMF ?

    Are things separated that way?

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