WOSU in Columbus completes sale of AM channel

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Ohio State University trustees on Friday (Sept. 9) approved the $2 million sale of WOSU Public Media’s AM frequency and transmitting equipment to a Roman Catholic station, Gabriel Radio Inc., according to Columbus Business First. The deal completes WOSU’s transition to all-FM broadcasts, which began last year. The station had paid Fun With Radio LLC $5.7 million for the 101.1 FM signal and tower to create Classical 101. WOSU converted its 89.7 FM frequency to an all news-talk format, and has been dual broadcasting on 820 AM since then.

“We invest a lot in our local news,” Tom Rieland, g.m. of WOSU told Current in August 2010. “It’s been a struggle for us, getting people to the AM dial to listen to us in this community.” The station hopes the move back to FM will bring a much bigger audience to WOSU’s local news programs.

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