(Those of you with Beacon Fatigue, please scroll down the blog to the next action-packed update, posted just a little earlier this evening. There's not a single mention of the word "Glunt" in it!)
As first reported by OMW, Beacon Broadcasting's Harold Glunt is buying yet another station in the Youngstown/Warren market. The FCC website shows an application for assignment of license of WRTK/1540 Niles from D & E Communications (Dale Edwards) to Harold Glunt. The price listed in the sales agreement is $400,000. WRTK is a 500 watt daytimer.
WRTK, at least earlier this week, was running an urban adult contemporary format. It's possible that's changed, since upon agreeing to buy it, Glunt immediately flipped WLOA/1470 Farrell PA to the "Wexy" oldies format that once ran on WEXC/107.1 Greenville PA. (We've written about it so much here, we could almost write those words without thinking.) We're driving in the general direction of the Mahoning Valley tomorrow, so we'll check.
For whatever reason, this deal was first written up between D & E and Beacon, but Glunt has apparently decided to buy it himself as an individual.
As we mentioned in our earlier update, a Beacon connected source says Glunt plans to seed the "Wexy" format on a network of stations including WLOA, WRTK and WANR/1570 Warren.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled non-Harold Glunt programming.