For Keystone State FM Rocker, ‘Jesus Is Just Alright’


Cue up Elton John’s “Funeral for a Friend” and that old Doobie Brothers song, and grab a box of tissues.

After 37 years and three broadcast facilities it has called home, a longtime Rock station serving Pennsylvania’s state capital will soon be saying goodbye to its listeners.

That’s because it has just been acquired by a company looking to bring a little “KLOVE” to the region.

In an asset purchase agreement filed with the FCC on Thursday (11/9), local entertainer Pat Garrett , whose legal name is Patrick Sickafus, has agreed to sell Class A WTPA-FM 92.1, licensed to Palmyra, Pa., to Educational Media Foundation (EMF) for $700,000.

EMF will use the 1,500-watt signal to bring its Christian AC KLOVE network to the Harrisburg, Pa., listening area.

This includes the cities of Lebanon and Hershey, in addition to much of York, Pa.

A $35,000 escrow deposit has been made to WashingtonFirst Bank, acting as escrow agent.

Serving as the broker in this transaction is Eddie Esserman of Media Services Group, representing Garrett.

WTPA has a rich Rock heritage in Harrisburg. It first signed on the air in 1980 at the 104.1 MHz frequency now used by WNNK-FM “Wink 104,” which signed on in 1985. At the time, Carol and Jim O’Leary negotiated a move of WTPA to the 93.5 MHz facility. A series of ownership changes in the 1990s saw WTPA become an AMFM Inc. property.

When AMFM merged with iHeart predecessor Clear Channel, WTPA was selected for needed divestment by the Department of Justice, as a condition of the deal. As a result, Cumulus Media assumed control of WTPA.

The intellectual property of WTPA was sold in 2011, which saw the station effectively swap facilities with WWKL-FM, at 92.1 MHz.