WCCC-FM Hartford To Be Sold
Update 8/4: EMF is paying $9.5 million for 1290 WCCC and 106.9 WCCC-FM. Included in the deal is a network operating agreement where EMF will pay Marlin Broadcasting $86,000 per month through October 1, 2015 and $60,000 per month afterwards to air the “K-Love” programming on the pair of stations until the sale closes.
As with all EMF purchases, they have applied to convert the stations to non-commercial status and applied for a main studio waiver to operate the stations remotely.
Update 8/1: WCCC-FM ended its Rock era at 5pm following an afternoon of farewells including appearances from many former employees including Howard Stern. It and sister Classical 1290 WCCC West Hartford then shifted to EMF’s Christian AC “K-Love” network.
Update 5:30pm: Program Director Mike Karolyi will host a five hour retrospective on Friday from 12pm to 5pm that will feature an appearance from former WCCC morning host Howard Stern. A then 25 year-old Stern hosted mornings at the station in 1979 and later brought his syndicated show to the station. Karolyi has been with the station for over 30 years.
Original Report 7/31 12:20am: A sale and format change are imminent at Marlin Broadcasting Classic Rock “Rock 106.9” WCCC-FM Hartford.
The Hartford Courant reports that the WCCC staff were informed on Wednesday that they were out of a job as the station was being sold to a “not-for-profit organization that operates radio networks specializing in adult contemporary Christian music.”
Word is EMF Broadcasting will be acquiring the station to add it to its Christian AC “K-Love” network. Outgoing morning host Jay Raven tweeted tonight that the airstaff would make their final appearances on Friday, August 1 prior to the format’s end at 5pm.
— Jay Raven (@JayRaven) July 31, 2014
WCCC-FM shifted from Active Rock to Classic Rock in March 2013 in a move that led to numerous listener protests. Despite those protests, the station has risen from the low 3 shares it registered in early 2013 to a 4.8 in the May 2014 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings. WCCC-FM gained additional competition earlier this month when Classic Hits 102.9 WDRC-FM shifted to Classic Rock.
No word yet on the status of sister Classical 1290 WCCC West Hartford.