Pentecostal Temple Development Corporation, which owns and operates gospel station WGBN-AM in New Kensington, has acquired another station.
News talk radio 1360 WMNY-AM will become part of the group this month, with a broadcast start date of about Nov. 1, church founder Loran E. Mann said.
Rev. Mann, who left TV news in 1996 to start WGBN, said the negotiations had been in the works for more than a year.
"It [WMNY] is a 5,000-watt station in the day, 1,000 at night," he said. "Right now, we [WGBN] are only 1,000 at day and 70 at night, so this is a win for us. It covers Pittsburgh an audience we desire to reach."
Rev. Mann said operations of the two stations will be combined, working out of its current WGBN location in New Kensington. At least at the start, the stations will simulcast the gospel format.
He declined to disclose specifics of the deal.
Renda Broadcasting Corporation, which owns stations in Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Fla., Fort Myers/Naples, Fla, Indiana, Pa., Punxsutawney and Greensburg, had no comment.region - businessnews - tvradio
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