WTOC-AM Newton NJ is being passed through MMTC Broadcasting LLC. It came to the minority electronic communications advocacy from Clear Channel’s Aloha Station Trust and is moving on to an Hispanic religious non-profit outfit.
The buyer will be Radio Vision Cristiana Management, under Hector A. Chiesa. RVCM is already active in the area with WWRV-AM New York NY, and has AM stations in Mount Kisco NY, Columbia PA and Lehigh Acres FL. WTOC serves the Sussex NJ Arbitron market.
MMTC will pick up $46K from the sale. David E. Honig signed off on the deal for the organization.
Although the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council is a non-profit itself and ultimately controls MMTC Broadcasting, the station is still operating with a commercial license, and the buyer is applying to shift to a non-commercial one.
RVCM is also seeking a main studio waiver. While this is not an uncommon request from non-profits operating small station groups, RVCM has a particularly compelling reason. It noted on the application that the station’s studio is not part of the deal “…because the building has been condemned and cannot be used by RV going forward. Because of economic necessity RV simply cannot afford to build a new main studio at Newton and staff it.”
The station is a Class B on 1360 kHz with 2 kW-D, 320 W-N, DA2.