Finger Lakes AM Finds A New Owner

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An attorney in Scottsdale, Ariz., who grew up in Michigan, has always wanted to own a radio station.


His dream has just become a reality, as he is ready to file a Form 314 with the FCC reflecting his purchase of a radio station in Central New York.

For $285,000, Tim Stratton and his Stratton Radio Broadcasting Co. is acquiring WYLF-AM 850 in Penn Yan, N.Y., in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine region.

It’s roughly an hour south of Rochester, N.Y., and a part of that DMA.

Along with WYLF comes FM translator W230CZ at 93.9 MHz.

At present, WYLF airs a Classic Hits format under seller MB Communications.

Stratton is a practicing lawyer with Phoenix-based Gust-Rosenfeld, specializing in public finance and tax law. He was raised in Michigan, “in an entrepreneurial family.” He’s always wanted to own a radio station.

MB is owned by Jeff Pearce.

He is a consulting engineer now based in Colorado.

Serving as the exclusive broker in this deal, representing Stratton, is George Kimble of Kozacko Media Services.