Saturday, January 23, 2010

Beacon Owner Dies

The man who has owned a small Mahoning Valley radio group often written about here in OMW has died.

An obituary notes the death of Beacon Broadcasting owner Harold Glunt earlier this week:

NILES – Harold F. Glunt, 75, died of cancer on Thursday evening, Jan. 21, 2010, at his home.
He semi-retired from Glunt Industries in 2001 and purchased Beacon Broadcasting in Warren to focus on Christian Broadcasting in the area.

Glunt Industries was the steel supply company Glunt started in 1966. (The photo and obituary are courtesy of Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home in Niles, which is handling arrangments.)

We don't have definitive information about the future of Glunt's Beacon Broadcasting stations in the Youngstown market - sports WANR/1570 "Fox Sports 1570" Warren, Christian contemporary WRTK/1540 "Freq 1540" Niles, classic country combo WLOA/1470 Farrell PA and WGRP/940 Greenville PA, and the sole FM in the group, Christian/eclectic rocker/talk WEXC/107.1 "Indie 107.1" Greenville PA...though there has been interest in that latter station, before Glunt's passing...

1 comment:

GreggAllen said...


It is with great sadness that we say farewell to our owner Harold Glunt, he will be greatly missed. To most at the Beacon family, Mr. Glunt was much more than an owner and a boss, he was a friend and a second father. He was always quick with a smile, a prayer, and even a joke to make you smile. It was his wish for the radio stations to continue after his death, and that is EXACTLY what we are going to do. Indie 1071, Fox Sports Radio 1570, WRTK 1540AM, and Classic Country 940 & 1470 will continue. This coming Friday, Indie 1071 is sponsoring the largest Christian Concert in Ohio, Winter Jam 2010. This concert will have the biggest names in Christian CHR music, Third Day, Tenth Ave North, Fireflight, Thousand Foot Crutch, Newsong, just to name a few. We will also be taking not one, but two party buses to the event packed with listeners.This is the largest event that Indie 1071 has done, and certainly not the last! We dedicate this event to our founder, Mr. Harold Glunt, we love you and we miss you. We will continue to update OMW on changes and directions as we make them.

On behalf of the entire Beacon Broadcasting Staff

Gregg Allen