After 60 Years, This AM Station Is Going Dark


On October 17, 1960, a Class B facility today offering a blend of local news, nationally syndicated talk programs from such hosts as Clark Howard, and sports signed on the air. Now, it is preparing to say goodbye to listeners.

Come April 30, this AM is signing off the air.

In a message posted to the station’s Facebook page, GM Phil Hunt revealed that WNPV-AM 1440 and FM translator W253cA at 98.5 MHz in Lansville, Pa., is shutting down.

“Our mission has always been to serve the public interest by providing top-quality local news, and we have never been willing to compromise on that promise,” Hunt said. “In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to compete for both audience and
advertising dollars, and unfortunately it is no longer sustainable to continue to run the business in a way that delivers the service our community expects and deserves.”

Hunt noted that in November 1960, it first added a key component of WNPV’s programming — a high school football game.

“The station has also always aired live local programs, including the acclaimed telephone talk show, ‘Comment Please,’ an opportunity for leaders, lawmakers, entertainers and community voices to express their views on current issues,” Hunt added.

Over the years, WNPV and its staff won dozens of awards from the Associated Press and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.

“The people of Montgomery and Bucks counties have trusted WNPV for fast, honest and reliable news from their neighborhoods for the last six decades, and it’s a responsibility we’ve never taken lightly,” Hunt added. “We are grateful for the support of our loyal listeners, the belief of our advertisers and the commitment from our talented team. It has been an honor to serve this community.”

The future of WNPV, as well as the station’s license, is not yet known, Hunt said.

WNPV’s daytime power is 2.5kw from 2 towers and is 500 watts at night from 3 towers. It covers such communities as Quakertown, Norristown and Willow Grove.

— Reporting by Adrian Zupp and Adam R Jacobson