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Polnet Acquires WRDZ Chicago From Disney

Radio Disney 1300 WRDZ Chicago Polnet CommunicationsPolnet Communications is adding a fifth AM in the Chicago market with the acquisition of 1300 WRDZ LaGrande, IL from Radio Disney.

Polnet will be paying $3.45 million for the station. WRDZ operates with 4.5kW daytime and 4kW night and joins a Polnet operation that includes Polish “Polskie Radio 1030” WNVR Vernon Hills, Brokered Ethnic 1330 WKTA Evanston, Brokered Ethnic 1430 WEEF Deerfield, and Brokered Regional Mexican 1500 WPJX Zion (also a former Radio Disney O&O).

Polnet is in the process of selling its Class A TV station in the market (WPVN-CD Aurora 24) to WPVN Holdings, Inc. The company also owns two AMs in the suburbs of New York City and an AM and translator in the Tampa market.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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