The Reading (Pa.) Eagle newspaper declared bankruptcy (Ch. 11) March 20. The paper owns and operates WEEU/830. A story that came out in May suggested the station may go dark. The lone bidder for the paper will acquire the radio station assets but doesn’t want the license. An effort is being made to find a buyer for the station who would presumably rent the transmitter facilities and perhaps the studio facility, too, from the new owners of the paper.
The paper has about 200 employees, many of whose jobs will be in jeopardy.
WEEU started life in the 30s on 830, moving to 850 kHz with the 1941 NARBA frequency shift, with 1000 watts day and night DA-2 for most of its existence. It was moved to 830 in 1999 and increased power to 5000 watts day and 6000 night DA-2. Later, around 2006, the day signal was upgraded to 20000 watts.
The facilities were featured a year or so ago in Scott Fybush’s Tower Site of the Week.
It has been one of those rare AM stations which still has local flavor and service.
(From various on-line sources)
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