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WNKN Joins Classic Country Simulcast With WNKR

Grant County Broadcasters has relaunched 105.9 WNKN Middletown OH as a simulcast of their Classic Country 106.7 WNKR Williamstown KY. The new “Classic Country 105.9 & 106.7” will focus on Country hits from the 1960s up until 2007. The move brings back the format that was heard on then “Rebel 105.9” WPFB-FM prior to its acquisition by Northern Kentucky University in 2011. The existing WNKR lineup of Larry B in mornings, Gina Matthews in middays, and Program Director Peter Z in afternoons remains in place. Former “B105” WUBE Cincinnati Program Director Tim Closson will join the station for weekends. WNKN joins a crowded Country battle in both the Cincinnati and Dayton markets. In Cincinnati the station will compete directly with Hubbard’s “...[Read More]

WNKU’s Final Piece Signs Off

The final piece of the former AAA network based at 89.7 WNKU Highland Heights KY/Cincinnati OH signed off this evening. 105.9 WNKN Middletown OH ended programming at 6pm as new owner Grant County Broadcasting takes over with the intent to debut its new format on Monday, October 2. Grant County purchased WNKN in July for $5.3 million to pair with its existing Classic Country 106.7 WNKR Williamstown KY but is keeping what it intends to do with the station close to the vest. The WNKU programming ended with Acting GM/Afternoon host thanking many of the past and present staffers of the station by name and playing Talking Heads “This Must Be The Place” after a day spent playing listener requests and stories about the station. The other two pieces of the WNKU network were sold earlier...[Read More]

Grant County Broadcasting Purchases 105.9 WNKN Cincinnati

Update:WVXU’s John Kiesewetter now updates stating that no agreement to keep the AAA format is included in the deal to acquire WNKN. Grant County Broadcasting head Jeff Ziesmann told Kiesewetter, “Very early on in negotiations, we discussed keeping the format provided NKU would finance the purchase of the station. It quickly rejected the proposal.” Original Report 7:30pm: Following the sale of AAA 89.7 WNKU Highland Heights KY/Cincinnati OH to Bible Broadcasting and 104.1 WNKE New Boston OH to Educational Media Foundation in February, Northern Kentucky University has found a buyer for the third station in its former network. Grant County Broadcasting, owners of Classic Country 106.7 WNKR Williamstown KY, will purchase 105.9 WNKN Middletown OH for $4 million cash and $1.3 ...[Read More]

Northern Kentucky University Rejects WFPK Bid For WNKN

Following Louisville Public Media’s statement regarding the failed purchase attempt for 105.9 WNKN, Northern Kentucky University Director of Public Relations Anna Wright released the following statement: “Northern Kentucky University is in the middle of an active process to sell WNKN-Middletown, and the Board of Regents is pleased with the process. Our first obligation is to our students, and we will make the decision that best satisfies the financial responsibility we have to them. The Board of Regents has not voted on this. When it does, the action will be a matter of public record.” Original Report 5/3: After selling 89.7 WNKU Highland Heights KY to Bible Broadcasting and 104.1 WNKE New Boston OH to Educational Media Foundation, Northern Kentucky University has rejected Louisville...[Read More]

Bible Broadcasting To Acquire WNKU Cincinnati

Nearly a year after stating they plan to explore selling AAA 89.7 WNKU Highland Heights KY/Cincinnati and its two simulcasters, Northern Kentucky University has announced it has agreed to sell two of the signals to religious operators. 89.7 WNKU will be sold to Bible Broadcasting Network for $1.9 million. Simulcast 104.1 WNKE New Boston OH, which serves the Huntington WV/Ashland KY/Portsmouth OH market will go to Educational Media Foundation for $700,000 plus 75% of the proceeds from EMF divesting 94.9 WEKV South Webster OH. The university has yet to accept an offer for its third station, 105.9 WNKN Middletown OH, which serves the northern half of the Cincinnati market and Dayton. WCPO-TV reports that WNKU has been running a $1 million plus deficit in recent years. Northern Kentucky Univer...[Read More]

Northern Kentucky University To Explore Selling WNKU Network

Facing significant cuts in funding from the state of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mears told the staff of AAA 89.7 WNKU Highland Heights KY/Cincinnati on Tuesday that the school will “explore the possibility of a sale of WNKU-FM and its assets.” Northern Kentucky University also owns 105.9 WNKN Middletown OH, which serves Dayton and the northern portions of the Cincinnati market and 104.1 WNKE New Boston OH serving the Portsmouth OH and Huntington WV areas. The university purchased those two stations in January 2011 to expand WNKU’s coverage. The move to potentially divest WNKU/WNKE/WNKN comes after Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued a 4.5% cut in higher education funding across the state last week. NKU spokeswoman Amanda Nageleisen told the ...[Read More]