THIS JUST IN: WNWV/107.3 Sold To Rubber City Radio
October 13, 2011 10 Comments
The rumors have been bouncing all over Northeast Ohio radio for some time, and have intensified this week, but it’s now official – with confirmation coming from the website of the co-owned newspaper to Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting AAA WNWV/107.3 Elyria “V107.3”.
ELB announced today that it is selling WNWV to Rubber City Radio Group, which owns Akron market stations oldies/news WAKR/1590, rock WONE/97.5 and country WQMX/94.9.
From ELB’s sister paper, the Chronicle-Telegram:
The agreement still needs to receive approval from the Federal Communications Commission before the sale can formally take place, said Paul Martin, president and CEO of Lorain County Printing and Publishing, which owns Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting and The Chronicle-Telegram.
Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting will continue to operate its four other stations, WEOL and WLKR on the AM dial and FM stations WLKR and WKFM.
From that wording, it appears there is no LMA deal in place for RCRG to operate 107.3 before sale approval, so ELB is driving that bus until that happens.
Those expecting a format change today, or some other kind of on-air change at “V107.3”, likely will hear the status quo, at least for now.
And nothing is changing at ELB’s four remaining stations, country WKFM/96.1 “K96” Huron, AAA WLKR-FM/95.3 and oldies WLKR/1510 Norwalk, and the only station left in ELB’s Elyria cluster, talk WEOL/930 Elyria. (Of course, 107.3 has long targeted the Cleveland market as a whole for many years, complete with a sales office in Rocky River.)
And anyone who says anything about Rubber City Radio’s future plans for 107.3 is probably just guessing at this point…