Just FWIW, there is no FCC reason why it can't be sold to a religious broadcaster -- that's a decision Family made on their own -- so at least as far as the FCC is concerned, they can change their mind. (so it's not 100% impossible 94.7 could end up a K-Love)
Exactly. Harold Camping is still calling the shots at Family Stations despite rumors to the contrary and he does not want any religious broadcasters to acquire any of the signals they once used. At this point, it is all about cashing in for as much money because they owe creditors big for the massive May 21, 2011 advertising binge they embarked on. So it is not only for theological principles but for financial gains. A commercial license is worth tons more than non-commercial.
As for 94.7, if ESPN gets it, does 1050 get sold or remain a simulcast of ESPN Radio (or change to ESPN Deportes)?
Right now, Disney/ABC is the most likely candidate. They only own three broadcast outlets in the New York City Metropolitan area. Those would be: WABC-TV New York, TV Channel 7; WEPN New York, AM 1050 (ESPN Radio); and WQEW New York, AM 1560 (Radio Disney). They are not maxed out as other media companies are, they are interested in an FM outlet for ESPN Radio as this would present the most serious competition to CBS-owned WFAN New York which has dominated sports talk radio in the region for over twenty years, and they have the financial resources to buy a New York market FM signal. If they were to acquire 94.7FM, ESPN Deportes could be launched on WEPN.
While it is always possible, do not expect Family to acquire either of those AMs or any other stations in this market. Their current strategy is selling and exiting, just as they did in the Philadelphia market.
A report from one of their "followers" suggested they acquired an AM in Baltimore so as not to alienate their loyal audience when they sold 107.9FM in Annapolis. Not true. The low-wattage AM (now WFSI, formerly WBGR) that drops to 66 watts at night was acquired by Family in 2005, well before Camping went on his exorbitant warn the world campaign.
On a separate note: To Kevin L. Sealy: I follow this and many media boards. While I have no problem with you reporting anything I post, please credit me and the board I post on. It is just good and fair journalistic practice. I am referring to your post earlier today on the "other" radio board. Thank you!