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Renda Broadcasting plans to donate radio station to church

| Friday, July 12, 2013, 3:46 a.m.

Renda Broadcasting is donating McKeesport-licensed WMNY-1360 to a Pittsburgh church that already operates a New Kensington radio station.

According to papers filed on Thursday with the Federal Communications Commission, Renda and its founder Anthony F. Renda “desire to donate” WMNY to Pentecostal Temple Development Corp.

“Such conveyance is made as a charitable contribution,” the application said.

PTDC is affiliated with Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ. Bishop Loran E. Mann, a one-time WPXI-11 newsman, is pastor.

The company also owns New Kensington-licensed gospel outlet WGBN-1150.

WGBN, as WKPA, was donated to the church by Salem Media, owner of Pittsburgh's WPIT-730 and WORD-101.5. In 2008, Salem agreed to sell Mann WHKZ-1440 in Warren, Ohio, but that deal was never completed and Salem renewed its license for WHKZ last year.

Previously, Mann sought contributions from listeners in a bid to expand the AM 1150 signal, following the demise of Brownsville's WASP-1130.

Mann did not return calls for comment. Mann is on a board with Herbert Jones of Wilkinsburg, Josie Allen of Penn Hills, attorney Jim Lestitian of Mt. Lebanon and Alice Herron of Verona.

Renda senior vice president Alan Serena, one-time licensee of WMNY during its WIXZ days, declined comment pending a meeting with staff today.

Renda operates WMNY as well as WJAS-1320 and WSHH-99.7 from Green Tree studios. As St. Pier Group, Renda owns Greensburg's WHJB-107.1.

WMNY airs 5,000 watts during the day from a tower near Calvary Cemetery. It runs with 1,000 watts at night from a four-tower array across the Youghiogheny River from Olympia Shopping Center.

WMNY is news-talk with nationally syndicated hosts.

It signed on as WMCK on April 30, 1947, from the old Elks Temple in McKeesport.

Its original owner was Mon-Yough Broadcasting Co., whose investors included the late Robert M. Cox, president of Cox's Department Stores.

For much of its early history it was a full-service station, but for a time in the 1960s it had a beautiful music format.

It also was known for Terry Lee's nighttime shows.

WMCK was sold in 1969 to Westchester Corp., then-operator of WIXY-1260 in Cleveland, and renamed WIXZ.

WIXZ started as a Top-40 station. It had studios along Long Run Road in McKeesport and Route 30 in East McKeesport.

Renda bought WIXZ in 1974.

In July 1985, according to Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook, Serena Communications acquired WIXZ from Renda for $1.42 million.

Renda reacquired WIXZ in 1997 for $1.25 million.

On Feb. 9, 1998, WIXZ was renamed WPTT. It took its current callsign in August 2008.

In 2005, Renda agreed to swap AM 1360 for AM 910, used for Apollo's WAVL by Evangel Heights Assembly of God. An FCC permit for the swap expired in 2010.

Evangel Heights reportedly is talking to potential buyers.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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