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Christian radio station off air while on the market

| Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, 3:01 a.m.

A 68-year-old Christian radio station licensed in Apollo and off-air since July 31 will be silent for at least six months.

Management at WAVL-AM 910 applied for a permit from the Federal Communications Commission to remain off-air while its owner, the Evangel Heights Assembly of God in Buffalo Township, attempts to sell the station for $150,000, said Ray Rosenblum, a media broker from Pittsburgh.

“The church's pastor, John Kuert, retired and the church board has decided that it no longer wants to be in the radio business,” Rosenblum said. “They brought me on a couple weeks ago to get it sold.”

Rosenblum said FCC issues licenses for radio stations and requires each one to give them a reason for extended periods of time they are off the air. Permits typically last for about six months, he said.

“Licenses have value and the FCC wants to make sure each one is being properly used,” Rosenblum said. “They want to know about radio silence to be sure they know why stations aren't broadcasting - so they don't have to check to see if towers are down or if a station is off for financial reasons.”

The church has owned the station since 2004 and attempted to sell it to Kittanning's Family-Life Media-Com company three years ago, but the sale was not finalized, Rosenblum said. Family-Life provided programming for the station.

David Croyle, president of Family-Life, did not return calls or an email seeking comments.

Rosenblum said he expects the station to sell within the next six months, but it could take up to eight months for WAVL to begin broadcasting again.

“Once we sell, we've got to transfer the license, and once that's done, broadcasting could start back up,” he said.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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