The Federal Communications Commission has accepted an application by Starved Rock Media Incorporated to purchase radio stations WLPO, WAJK and 96-5 the Wolf from LaSalle County Broadcasting Corporation.
Starved Rock Media is poised to take over station operations upon FCC approval, which could happen by the end of the year.
The Miller family had owned and operated the stations for more than 70 years.
The stations look to stay in the family – in a way. Vice President of Operations John Spencer, an employee for nearly 30 years, is the owner of Starved Rock Media. He and late station engineer Steve Vogler formed the company earlier this year in a bid to keep the stations locally owned. Joyce McCullough, part-owner of the stations since the mid-1970s, on Monday said the planned purchase will help preserve Vogler’s legacy. The 69-year-old had worked for the company since he was a teenager.
Assuming the FCC approves the purchase, Spencer indicated he has no plans to make any substantive changes, pointing to what he calls a fantastic team of individuals.