A Former EMF AM Trades Hands


In October 2010, Educational Media Foundation — the organization that operates the non-commercial KLOVE and Air1 Christian Contemporary Music networks — acquired an AM/FM combo and an additional AM licensed to Pennsylvania towns located to the northeast of Youngstown, Ohio.

Eight years later, under a different licensee, an asset purchase agreement was signed that puts that additional AM, and its FM translator, in the hands of another new owner.

WLOA-AM 1470 has served the Youngstown area, and that of nearby Sharon, Pa., as “Sunny 1470” for the last several years.

It has been operated since December 2011 by Joseph Vilkie-led VCI Radio, which acquired the station from EMF.

The spin came following the October 2010 purchase by EMF of WLOA, along with WGRP-AM & WEXC-FM in Greenville, Pa., from from Beacon Broadcasting. The AM stations were then handed off to Vilkie; WEXC is now WLVX-FM, airing KLOVE.

Now, Vilkie is parting ways with Sunny, and has agreed to sell the Class B 1kw daytime/500 watt nighttimer, which uses 3 towers after dark and 1 when the sun is out.

Included is the construction permit for W272EI in Youngstown, the FM translator that has yet to be built.

The buyer is Over/Under LLC, a Meadville, Pa.-based partnership between Andrew Arnold and Clay Church.

Arnold and Church are paying $85,000 for the future translator and for WLOA, with Roger Rafson of CMS Station Brokerage serving as the broker of record and escrow agent.

A $22,250 deposit is being held by Rafson, which will be released to Vilkie upon closing.

Vilkie will pay Rafson a broker fee of $8,500.