Patrick Sickafus has sold Rock 92.1 WTPA Palmyra/Harrisburg PA to Educational Media Foundation for $750,000. The station will become part of EMF’s “K-Love” Christian AC network which is currently heard in Harrisburg on 101.7 W269AS Carlisle. Sickafus purchased the station from Cumulus’ Potential Broadcasting Trust in 2012 for $530,000. Cumulus moved the Rock format from 93.5 to 92.1 as part of its mandated spin-offs to complete its then acquisition of Citadel. The station has featured a Rock format dating back to its launch on 104.1 in 1980. It then moved to 93.5 in 1985 and 92.1 in 2011. The seller is a touring Country artist under the name Pat Garrett who owns a sheepskin store and Classic Country 1510 WWSM Annvile-Cleona.
The final spin-off mandated by the Department of Justice to allow Cumulus to consumate its acquisition of Citadel last year has been made. The Potential Broadcasting Trust has sold Classic Rock 92.1 WTPA Palmyra/Harrisburg PA to Patrick Sickafus for $530,000. Sickafus is the owner of Classic Country 1510 WWSM Annville PA. Sickafus, under the name Pat Garrett owns a Sheepskin Outlet, Ampitheatre, and Travel Center on Interstate 78 in Strausstown PA. He is also a touring Country musician. There is no connection between him and the well known voiceover artist of the same name.
Update 9/15: The Harrisburg frequency swap will take place tonight in front of the closing of the merger. CHR “Hot 92” WWKL will become “Hot 93.5”, while Classic Rock WTPA goes in reverse to 92.1. 92.1 WTPA and Country “Red 102.3” WCAT-FM will operated by a trust separate from the rest of the Cumulus spinoffs. Update 9/12: We now know the identities of the additional station(s) required to be spun-off by Cumulus to satisfy the DOJ. The Flint Journal identified Classic Rock “103.9 The Fox” WRSR as the Flint station. In Harrisburg, the already planned spin-offs of 92.1 WWKL and 102.3 WCAT-FM will satisfy the DOJ with one caveat. Northeast Radio Watch reports that 92.1 will acquire the intellectual property of Rock 93.5 WTPA, while “Hot 92...[Read More]