KYMN Program Director Jeff Johnson emailed me yesterday morning, saying “Hey Griff, Attached is a news story we ran this morning. Call me if you have questions.”
Our lead story today involves us here at KYMN.
As we approach our 40th anniversary later this month, KYMN radio is being sold and local ownership will return to the station for the first time since 2002.
Jeff Johnson, KYMN’s current Program Director, has signed an agreement to purchase the station from Ingstad Brothers Broadcasting:
KYMN first went on the air on Sept. 27, 1968. Wayne Eddy had had at least a share of ownership and was full owner until selling it to Jim Ingstad in 2002. Most recently, the station has been owned by Ingstad Brothers Broadcasting, who aquired it in 2003.
As far as changes… Jeff says there will be some.
The sale still must be approved by the FCC to be final. That process will take about 90 days. Johnson will take over management of the station on October 1st with a Local Marketing Agreement until the deal is closed.
Today’s Nfld News has more: Program director will buy KYMN.
After he gets a handle on running the business end of a station, Johnson hopes to shift the focus of the programming more to local content and be less dependent on satellite and programming services. Though the type of music and selection of talk shows could change eventually, KYMN will continue to anchor itself in local news, weather and sports, Johnson explained.
- Will KYMN finally have a web site with audio streaming, podcasting, and digital archives?
- Will Locally Grown’s agent be able to negotiate a much fatter contract for the Triumvirate?
Find out more later this afternoon. We record this week’s Locally Grown segment/podcast at 4 pm. It’ll air at 5:30pm.