Trio Of Albany AMs Go Silent

106.1 The X Jockey WAIX AlbanyEmpire Broadcasting Corporation has taken its three AMs in the Albany NY market silent

Telling the FCC, that after selling 101.3 WJKE Saratoga to Educational Media Foundation last November, the three remaining AMs in the cluster are not financially self-sufficient.

THE LICENSEE RECENTLY SOLD ITS ONLY FM STATION. THE REMAINING AM STATIONS ARE NOT FINANCIALLY SELF-SUFFICIENT AND THE LICENSEE REQUESTS AUTHORITY FOR THEM TO REMAIN SILENT WHILE IT CONSIDERS PROGRAMMING AND OPERATIONAL CHANGES THAT MAY, WITH THE ADDITION OF AUTHORIZED FM TRANSLATORS AND A PROPOSED NEW FM TRANSLATOR, MAKE THEM A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS THAT CAN RENEW PUBLIC SERVICE TO THEIR COMMUNITIES.

After shuffling formats in March, Empire owns what was Business/Talk “Empire News Network” 1240 WPTR Schenectady, AC “106.1 The Jockey” 1160 WAIX Mechanicville/106.1 W291BY Albany, and AAA “900 The X” WABY Watervliet. WPTR and WABY have pending translator Construction Permits. The company is led by former New York State Broadcasters Association President Joseph Reilly.

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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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