Salem Communications already has an AM presence in Ohio’s capital, but unfortunately it goes away when the sun goes down. But WJKR-FM will be able to broadcast Salem fare 24/7 once the religious specialist closes on its acquisition of the station from urban specialist Radio One.
The station will likely lose its Jack format once Salem begins programming it under an LMA 11/1/12.
Radio One will retain a pair of FMs in the market, including mainstream urban WCKX-FM and R&R/oldies WXMG-FM.
Salem will be adding the station to its WRFD-AM, which carries Christian teaching and talk programming.
WJKR is licensed to Upper Arlington. It’s a Class A on 98.9 MHz with 2.6 kW @ 505’. It’s contour draws a tight circle around the urbanized Columbus area.
WRFD, licensed to Columbus-Worthington OH, is a Class D on 880 kHz with 23 kW-D ND, producing a contour that blankets Columbus during the day and, producing a secondary contour that pretty much covers the entire state of Ohio. Unfortunately, it goes away at night. It powers down to 6.1 kW during critical hours.
Terms of the deal were not revealed.