Family Ties To Continue For Roanoke-Area AM


It’s been the “voice of Franklin County” since 1957, serving an area to the south of Roanoke, Virginia, with classic Country music and a mix of news and community-focused programming including an on-air Swap Shop.

Now, this Virginia Class B AM is trading hands, as is the FM translator assigned to this heritage facility.

But, no changes are expected, keeping WYTI in the family following the November 2020 passing of its longtime owner, Bill Jefferson.

With 2.5kw during daylight hours and 220 watts at night from 1 tower, WYTI-AM 1570 and W283CQ at 104.5 MHz in Rocky Mount, Va., are being transferred to Jefferson’s daughter, Susan Mullins.

A filing made Wednesday (6/23) with the FCC notes that Jefferson’s estate has been settled. And, his 100% ownership of WYTI Inc. has passed to Mullins.

And, it seems Mullins is aware that she failed to file a pro forma transfer of control application when her father passed way. “This was an oversight on her part,” notes Scott Woodworth of Edinger Associates, Mullins’ legal counsel in this transaction.

He explains, “The station’s previous consulting engineer filed all applications for the station. However, he stopped working for the station in late 2020. Thus, Mullins was unaware that she needed to file a pro forma transfer of control application.”

The station has now hired FCC counsel to advise it of all filing and other matters going forward.

Still, the Media Bureau could issue a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for the transgression at a later date.

WYTI and Jefferson were profiled by Roanoke CBS affiliate WDBJ-7 in April 2017 in celebration of the radio station’s 60th anniversary. Jefferson was 88 at the time. “I came to work the first day the radio station went on the air,” he recalled, noting that he worked under two owners before purchasing it in 1971.

The focus: Classic Country, with bluegrass music and local high school sports.

That will continue, under Mullins’ leadership.