Tri-Cities TN-VA AM station renter becoming an owner


WIGN-AM 1550, serving the Johnson City-Bristol-Kingsport market on the Tennessee-Virginia border from Bristol TN, is going to Pastor Dewey Williams, who has been LMAing the station since March of 2009 and who is the host of the station’s “Gospel Voice” program mornings from 9:30-9:45.

Williams’ license company is Mountain Music Ministries LLC. It is getting the station from Jonas Mitchell’s Sunshine Broadcasters Inc., with who MMM has had an LMA based on a 3/16/09 contract.

There is no formal price for the station, and no cash is involved. Rather, MMM will pick up existing liabilities, which – not counting ongoing leases and licenses – amount to a little more than $250K.

The station, which describes itself as promoting Faith, Family and Country, mixes religious programs such as the one Williams hosts with a variety of syndicated voices, including Lou Dobbs, Fred Thompson, John Walsh, Rachel Ray and Conan O’Brien.

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