WSU sells KWCR license to Christian radio network, pays unrelated FCC fine

Friday , June 16, 2017 - 3:29 PM

ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Weber State University's radio station has been sold to a Christian radio network company for $100,000.

KWCR Wildcat Radio had been off the air and broadcasting through digital radio streaming services for about a year and a half when the Board of Trustees approved selling its FM license in March.

RELATED: Weber State to sell FM student radio license for KWCR

Weber State spokesman John Kowalewski said the license was sold to Educational Media Foundation for $100,000. Some of the proceeds went toward fees associated with the sale of the license but the remainder will toward tuition scholarships.

Kowalewski said the scholarships will be for students who work at the radio station and will most likely be given out in $1,000 to $2,000 allotments.

Educational Media Foundation is a nonprofit based in Omaha, Nebraska, and operates predominantly Christian radio networks such as K-LOVE and Air 1

The sale has been a possibility for several years. Kowalewski said the station’s transmitting tower was torn down in 2012 to make way for the third and final student housing building in Wildcat Village.

“The station couldn’t find a suitable location so that led them to realize they might sell the license because they didn’t have a good place,” he said.

Separate from the sale of the station, Weber State paid a $9,300 fine to the Federal Communications Commission for improper record keeping.

“Those two things happened at a similar time but (the fine) is not related to the sale,” Kowalewski said.

Legal findings released by the FCC Wednesday, June 14, state Donald Lynn Hullinger and Jennifer Rost petitioned to keep the FCC from renewing Weber State’s license renewal for the radio station in 2013. Hullinger and Rost alleged the station broadcast music with indecent lyrics in 2010 and 2013, didn’t serve the public interest and didn’t properly staff the station, among other things.

The FCC found many of Hullinger and Rost’s claims were unsubstantiated but fined Weber State for not maintaining station logs. Programs lists also hadn’t been kept from 2010 to 2013 and the station wasn’t filing them on a quarterly basis.

“Weber State was fined by the FCC and has paid it,” Kowalewski said.

Weber State’s student radio station is still running digitally and is available on the school’s The Buzz app and MyWeberMedia.com.

Contact education reporter Anna Burleson at aburleson@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnagatorB or like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/BurlesonReports.

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