Radio-One Sells 98.9 WJKR Columbus To Salem; Flips To Talk
Update 11/1: WJKR made the flip to Talk at midnight tonight. The station’s lineup features Bill Bennett 6-9am, Mike Gallagher 9am-12pm, Dennis Prager 12-3pm, Michael Medved 3-6pm, Hugh Hewitt 6-9pm, Dennis Miller 9pm-12am, and Lars Larson 12-3am. All but Miller and Larson are syndicated in-house by Salem.
Update 10/28: When Salem takes control of 98.9 WJKR on Thursday, it will flip the station to Conservative Talk as “98.9 The Answer“. The website is currently alternating between the logo seen here and the site that was to be used last year for “FMTalk 102.5” had Salem gained control of WWCD.
Original Report 10/23: Radio-One has agreed to sell Variety Hits “98.9 Jack-FM” WJKR Columbus to Salem Communications for an undisclosed amount.
Salem will begin to operate the station via LMA on November 1 where it will join Christian Talk 880 WRFD in its local portfolio. Salem has been looking for an additional signal in Columbus for quite some time as we chronicled the saga last year as the company attempted to take over 102.5 WWCD. At that time Salem was planning on placing its Conservative Talk lineup on FM in Columbus. We still expect that to be the outcome now although no announcement has been made yet.