Religious OR noncom going secular


The trend in station transactions of late, such as they have been, has been toward the religious community, which has in a general way been one of the few groups with the wherewithal to acquire stations. But KWYA-FM Astoria OR is an example of one station going the other way.

The seller is Way-FM Media Group, headed by Robert D. Augsberg. Way-FM operates a Contemporary Christian network with affiliates in a number of states.

The buyer is Oregon Public Broadcasting, headed by Chairman Andrew Franklin and President/CEO Steven M. Bass. It distributes NPR programming, among other things, to radio stations throughout the state (as well as PBS and such to television stations).

The price will be $85K cash.

Astoria is in the extreme northwest corner of Oregon, not far from where the Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean.

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