Pine Tree Broadcasting LLC, which owns radio station WRMO 93.7 FM The Wave in Bar Harbor, had its purchase of four Bangor-area radio stations approved by the Federal Communications Commission this week.
The stations, WGUY 94.1 FM and AM affiliates WGUY 1230 AM, WNZS 1340 AM and WWNZ 1400 AM, were owned by Waterfront Communications of Bangor.
The process took several months and the purchase price wasn’t disclosed.
Waterfront Communications has a five-year contract with the University of Maine and Black Bear Sports Properties, a division of Learfield, involving broadcasts of UMaine men’s and women’s basketball and baseball games.
That won’t change, according to Paul Dupuis, general manager of The Wave. The contract runs through June 2018.
Dupuis did say Thursday that he intends to meet with UMaine and Learfield representatives next week to discuss their future.
“We want to continue our partnership with the university and Learfield,” said Dupuis. “It’s been good working with them. We value our relationship with them. We’re going to have an open conversation about everything and we’ll take it from there.”
He said he preferred not to discuss upcoming topics until after the meetings.
Blueberry Communications of Bangor carries UMaine football and men’s hockey games on WVOM-FM 103.9.
In addition to University of Maine sports, one of the former Waterfront stations, WNZS 1340 AM, carries NASCAR races and news about the sport. That also will continue, according to Dupuis.
Waterville native Chuck Begin, owner of Pine Tree Broadcasting, bought the four stations from Jocelynn Priestley of Bangor.
Priestley and husband Dan owned Waterfront Communications and the four stations but Dan died in September.
“We’ve known Chuck for years and I know he will put a lot of passion and detail into the stations that Dan loved so dearly. Chuck was born and raised in Maine and he understands the downeast and Bangor markets so much better than the big radio corporations which, frankly, don’t get our Maine culture,” Jocelynn Priestley said in a news release.
“I’m quite confident that the stations will continue to thrive in such excellent hands,” she added.
The stations broadcast from studios in Bar Harbor and Bangor.
Begin said in the release that it has been an “incredible year for us.”
“This is incredibly exciting. I’m thrilled about our expansion into Bangor, especially since we’re keeping these stations Maine owned and locally operated. I’m also thrilled about the partnerships we’re forming with local businesses.”
Source : bangordailynews.com