The sale of WNED-AM 970 by Western New York Public Broadcasting Association to Crawford Broadcasting Company will be effective on Friday, Nov. 30, at midnight.
"Our listeners will continue to enjoy the same award-winning programming by only switching the dial to WBFO-FM 88.7," said Donald K. Boswell, WNED president and CEO.
WNED will receive $875,000 from Crawford Broadcasting Company for the station. Proceeds of the sale will be used to pay down the debt incurred by the purchase of WBFO-FM 88.7, which was acquired from University at Buffalo in March for $4 million. The sale has no impact on station staffing, on-air programming on WBFO-FM 88.7 or the 24-hour jazz service, JazzWorks, on WBFO HD-2.
The stations have been simulcasting their program lineup, which originally offered many of the same NPR programs, such as "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered" and "On Point." WBFO also retained blues programming on 88.7 FM and jazz programming on WBFO HD-2.
Through WBFO-FM 88.7, Classical 94.5 WNED, WNED-TV and ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV, member-supported WNED Buffalo-Toronto provides high quality programming and services to local, regional and national audiences that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate the Western New York and Southern Ontario communities. Additional information about WNED can be found at www.wned.org.
Crawford Broadcasting Company, headquartered in Denver, currently operates 23 AM and FM radio stations in 10 markets nationwide, including WDCX-FM in Buffalo.