Religious radio group moves into coastal NC


Educational Media Foundation, which has been racking up frequent buyer miles for years now, is getting another station. This time it’s an FM located in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, with plans to head a few miles inland.

The station is WGTI-FM Duck NC, in what was once the Elizabeth City-Nags Head market but now goes without ratings. The seller is Lifeline Ministries Inc., headed by Johnny Bryant.

EMF, purveyor of the K-LOVE Network, is headed by Mike Novak. As is its custom, it will take the station noncommercial. EMF is paying $800K for the station, with three quarters of that amount — $600K – coming over time via a promissory note.

WGTI only recently moved its city of license to Duck. The 97.7 MHz facility was a Class A licensed to Windsor before upgrading to Duck with a Class C2 50 kW, 492’ plant. It has a CP to move to Winfall, which can be reached from the Outer Banks by boat via the Albemarle Sound if you are so inclined. It is between the bigger towns of Elizabeth City to the east and Edenton to the west. Once it gets there, and the seller will pay up to $75K to see that it does, it’ll still be a C2, but with 31 kW @ 515’.