Thirteen months after Sacred Heart University leased 1400 WSTC Stamford CT to Martin Sheehan’s VGR Radio Agency, the station has gone Silent.
Sacred Heart had originally taken WSTC and sister 1350 WNLK Norwalk silent in January 2016 citing low listenership. In June 2016, VGR Radio began operating WSTC with a mix of Talk and Adult Standards and then shifted to Oldies earlier this year, while Peace & Love Radio flipped WNLK to Gospel.
WSHU Communications Director Janice Portentoso, told the Connecticut Post, “VGR Radio Agency has not paid us anything for the past six months”. General Manager George Lombardi stated, “As a non-profit, listener-supported organization, we take our fiscal responsibilities very seriously. We are accountable to the listeners and organizations whose financial support represents the largest segment of our budget. We could no longer continue with this arrangement where VGR was not honoring the financial terms of our agreement.”
Operations Manager Mike Raub wrote a note stating that Sacred Heart had “chosen to terminate our licensing arrangement with WSTC”. The WSHU network serves Southern and Western CT and Suffolk County NY with three programming services split between six full powered stations and eight translators.