Report: WCPT 820 AM sold to Heartland Signal

As first reported by Radio Insight today, the ownership of Progressive Talk WCPT-AM 820 and ethnic-brokered WSBC-AM 1240 are being transferred from NewsWeb to an entity called Heartland Signal, LLC. However, the “sale” price of the stations is only…$1 as it’s merely a FCC license transfer. Owner Fred Eychaner has ties to both companies – he founded Heartland Signal three […]

Think Tank: The Sinclair blunder: Where do they go from here?

Sinclair thought a change in administration would enable to get what they wanted. They thought wrong, but botched deal might not stop more consolidation While Sinclair Broadcasting is in trouble with the FCC on how it misrepresented itself in its proposed merger with Tribune Media, it won’t slow down the merger and acquisition activity expected. That’s because an appeals court […]

Former Nine FM, Bus home sold

Bible thumpers strike again as 99.9 FM sold The former home of both WBUS and Nine FM was sold Tuesday to a non-profit educational foundation specializing in religious programming – the second deal made by such an entity in the Chicago market this year. Newsweb announced Tuesday it sold WCPQ-FM (99.9) in south suburban Park Forest to Bible Broadcasting, Inc. […]

T Dog’s Grab Bag: WCPT launches show targeted to LGBT community

– As first reported by Robert Feder, Newsweb WCPT-AM announced it was launching a new weekly program targeted to Chicago’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. Titled Out Chicago, host Scott Duff takes on issues relevant to the LGBT community in the Windy City and surrounding area. WCPT also plans to air Out Chicago vignettes, from 6 a.m. to […]

Nine-FM says goodbye

Since radio stations changing formats don’t say goodbye on the air anymore, the best way to do so is through an e-mail to your listeners. This was posted on Chicagoland Radio and Media’s website earlier today, as well as on Nine FM’s own website. I’ve said my piece on Nine-FM, so I’ll let the now-defunct station have the floor: This […]

Nine’s lives run out

Nine FM, we hardly knew ye. After a four-year run, the suburban simulcast of WDEK-FM, WKIE-FM, and WRZA-FM will dump its Adult Hits format on Monday and switch to a simulcast of WCPT-AM (820). The move will increase the reach of the Progressive Talk outlet, which has languished on the AM dial due to its signal and the frequency’s inability […]

Get reacqainted with WPWR

An article written in the Sun-Times today (how come Feder didn’t get a chance to write this?), mentions four call letters you’d better get reacquainted with – WPWR. Of course, Fox-owned WPWR-TV (Channel 50), a former UPN affiliate now-turned My Network TV affiliate has the Bears-Redskins game Thursday night, which is carried on NFL Network, which of course, you can’t […]

Nine FM to do dance nightly

Dance Factory, a biweekly show spotlighting dance music that airs Friday and Saturday Nights on Nine FM, is now going to be “stripped” – seven nights a week. Starting Monday, the Newsweb-owned triplecast -WKIE/WDEK/WRZA -FM, will strip Dance Factory weeknights and Sundays at 9 p.m and Saturday Nights at 8 p.m. What’s unusual is that Dance Factory skewes younger than […]