> > If I'm reading this correctly, The Lorain Journal tried to
> > buy WWIZ shortly after signon, and had kept some of the
> > stations' books and records in their possession. But they
> > and WWIZ's owner, Sanford Schafitz, failed to properly
> > notify the FCC beforehand.
> Even before that--Lorain Journal tried to get the station
> assigned, via a complicated straw man transaction to get
> around the legal requirements which prevented Journal
> Publishing from holding a license (note: they wouldn't be
> controlling shareholder, but would be controlling operations
> And they tried this while it was still a Construction Permit
> in 1958.
Which would, in turn, bring up another wrinkle: Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting is by Lorain County Printing & Publishing - who also owns the Elyria Chronicle and Medina Gazette. (Listen to WNWV/107.3 late at night, and you will hear ads for both papers.) It's one of the last grandfathered radio/newspaper duopolies.
I'm not sure when ELB and LCP&P came together - it may have been right at the sign-on of both WEOL and then-WEOL/107.3 back in 1948. Probably not. But that would take both the "WEOL vs. Journal" Supreme Court case, and the "ELB vs. WWIZ" case as "Chronicle vs. Journal" cases.
To this day, the Journal won't advertise on WEOL. They will on WOBL and WDLW. I thought the Supreme Court case (detailed here by Robert Bork
) was what did it. I may have been wrong.
> > Ultimately, the FCC denied renewal of WWIZ's license. I
> > don't know when WWIZ specifically went dark (1965?), but
> > there was a gap before WLRO came into existence in 1969. If
> > anyone could help clarify, that would be a big help. My
> > perception of a station gets turned on its' ear.
> You wanna do some research (or know someone who does), get
> the scoop on this Schafitz guy--he was signing on stations
> all over the place: Lorain, Youngstown, Farrell, Pa (WFAR,
> which is now WLOA--a Glunt Empire station). What was this
> Schafitz's deal? Why so many stations, in such a short
> period of time? And how'd he have the money for them all?
> Maybe that's why he lost the renewals and
> licenses--undercapitalized. Just guessing.
I was only able to locate a pic of Mr. Schafitz. He's a member of Purdue University's Wall of Fame
As for WFAR, it lasted until 1986; then became WMGZ. Several other callsigns followed before WLOA. Aside from that I have very little.
Ironically, Mr. Schafitz looks like the predecessor to Harold Glunt - from what I've seen, anyway.
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