Cox spins Connecticut Coast FM


Educational Media Foundation has a deal which will expand its presence in the Northeast, and which will diminish the presence of Cox Media Group from four stations to three in the Stamford-Norwalk CT market, one of those operating in the shadow of New York City. The station being sold is WCTZ 96.7 The Coast.

The deal is expected to close during Q1 2011. Until then, it will be business as usual.

“CMG greatly values the tremendous contributions that the employees of 96.7 The Coast have made to our company and the service they’ve given our valued customers in the Stamford/Norwalk market,” said Kim Guthrie, CMG’s Group Vice President. “96.7 The Coast will remain on the air and will continue in its current format until the sale is complete, and CMG will still offer listeners and advertisers great news, entertainment, advertising and marketing solutions through our other popular Norwalk stations of WFOX-FM 95.5 The Fox, WSTC-AM 1400 and WNLK-AM 1350.”

The station is not actually in Connecticut. It is licensed across the state line in Port Chester NY. It is a standard vintage Class A, with 3 kW with a 328’ antenna, but it is looking to add 100 Watts to its output, along with another 135’ in antenna altitude, according to the FCC database.

EMF President Mike Novak said, “We are excited about this opportunity and are looking forward to bringing contemporary Christian music programming to Southern Connecticut as well as portions of Long Island and the New York City area.” Other EMF markets in the region include New Bedford, Albany, Rochester, Utica-Rome, Bangor, Cherry Hill, and Westerly.

According to CMG, it received brokerage help from American Media Services LLC.

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