WGTS-FM DC may be sold


Takoma Park, MD's Columbia Union College is considering the sale of Contemporary Christian WGTS-FM (91.9 mHz), according to DCRTV. The report said there are numerous bids for the station: "The college's trustees are scheduled to vote on the matter during late June or early July. There's even a bid from the current WGTS board of directors to keep the station's staff and format intact."

SmartMedia observation: This is a full-market signal and an opportunity to bring more music variety and localism to DC. We would suggest The University of Maryland grab the station up and replace its puny 10-watt signal. Any other college in the area would be welcome to enhance the music choice in DC as well – may we suggest Georgetown University? GWU? Of course, we bet that some of the bidders are Religious non-com outfits, and their deep pockets will likely edge out the colleges.

In our wish list, though, a good example to follow would be Baltimore's successful full-market Towson University station, WTMD-FM (AAA/Indie). DCRTV mentioned WETA-FM here (currently playing Classical) might buy the station to run NPR news and info again, basically simulcasting American University's NPR affiliate WAMU here. How exciting. PS. WAMU currently runs WTMD on its HD-2 signal; WTOP HD-2 here is now running IChannel Music (unsigned artists), so the demand is here.