An article in today's (12/23/13) Times Herald-Record is saying that it's likely WGHQ, Kingston, NY will sign off for good by 1/1/14. WGHQ is on 920 AM, and has been there since 1955. There's no comment yet from the owner, Pamal, but a community group that leases boatloads of time on the station was given that news last Friday (12/20/13). The article says it costs around $3200/month to keep WGHQ on the air. That's not actually bad....about a Benjamin a day. Of course there are probably no people there anymore, so it's no wonder it can be run that cheaply. But WGHQ is in Ulster County. I would venture a guess that it costs Polnet more than $100 a day to keep WRKL on the air with Radio Ted. Ted's a computer.
It's sad. But then I think about that $3 million asking price for WRKL, and I can't stop laughing.
R.I.P. WGHQ/920AM 1955-2013(?)
Not sure if this will work for very long, but this is a link to that online article:
http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.d ... /312230327
The Kingston Daily Freeman is reporting that WGHQ's owner may end up donating the 5,000 Watt station to a community radio group. Although the article just says Pamal is considering donating the 'WGHQ radio tower' to the organization, the station has 3, so the statment doesn't make any sense out of context. What I got from reading the online article was that Tri State Public Communications, aka Robin Hood Radio could be the next operator of the station.
We'll know soon enough. Here's the article:
http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-new ... dio-on-air