Clear Channel in process of selling WIRO to new company

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 29, 2007

Worry not sports fans, although Ironton radio station WIRO is in the process of being sold, it will still broadcast Ironton High School sports.

“It’s business as usual, we will be carrying the ball games,” said Judy Cornett, the market manager for Clear Channel, which is the company that currently owns WIRO. “We have signed contracts and renewed our sports affiliations for WIRO. So, Fighting Tigers fans stay put. It will be there.”

Clear Channel is hoping to sell the station to GoodRadio.TV, LLC, a company that formed in January and already owns several AM and FM stations.

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“They told me that they would honor any contracts by whoever would take over the station,” Cornett said.

As for a format change, Cornett said it is too soon to say.

“It’s too early to talk about that because they technically don’t own the stations yet,” she said, although she dismissed rumors about it becoming a Spanish-language channel or a Christian music station. “The company has said it will be business as usual.”

Currently, the station does talk radio simulcasts with WVUH-AM.

GoodRadio.TV, LLC is hoping to buy at least 150 more stations nationwide if it gets approval from the Federal Communications Commissions.

“They have plans to purchase a large parcel from Clear Channel,” she said, which includes WIRO, AM station WZZW in Milton, WVa. and KISS-FM locally. Those stations have been assigned to a holding company until FCC reaches a decision.

Cornet said it would be at least September before the FCC would approve the sale of WIRO but it could be longer.

“It could take months, it could take years,” Cornett said. “You just don’t know in this business.”