NorthJersey.com reports that the staff was required by the borough to vacate by 2:00 when they were expected to do a walk-through of the property. The paper also reports that the borough was in talks with William Paterson University to operate the station until the school broke off talks yesterday over budgetary issues.
Mayor Michael Serra was quoted, “We do not want to see the radio station end. We would love to just have it going the way that it was. That’s not going to work. If another group comes forward and has some interest in running a radio station, they should put together a presentation and come speak with us. We are not against somebody else running it with us owning it.”
Sean Ross gave a Final Listen of the station earlier this week.
Original Report 6/21: Another AM will go silent rather attempt to “revitalize” as Mariana Broadcasting’s Full Service Oldies “North Jersey 1500” WGHT Pompton Lakes NJ has announced its intent to sign-off at the end of this summer.
An AM daytimer operating with 1kW in the shadows of New York City, WGHT was unable to keep competing with the plethora of media options available in the area. Owner/GM/Midday Host John Silliman intends to attempt to donate the license to a local school or non-profit.
WGHT has been in its current format since 1993 when Mariana purchased then WKER from the estate of station founder Robert Kerr. The station’s most famous alumnus is current Fox Sports studio host and NFL play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt, who started his career at WGHT out of college.