Plug pulled on WSTC Radio Station
WSTC AM 1400 has gone silent as of Sunday evening.
WSHU Public Radio terminated its licensing agreement with VGR Radio Agency, LLC, they said, after months of non-payment and failed negotiations.
“It’s disappointing and not what we wanted,” Janice Portentoso, communications director at WSHU Public Radio, said.
The Stamford-based AM 1400 is one of five public radio stations owned by WSHU throughout Connecticut and Long Island. It also has licensing agreements to operate two other stations” WYBC AM and WQQQ FM. The stations are known for its classical music and National Public Radio broadcasts.
Mike Raub, director of operations for the Stamford-based WSTC took to the station’s Facebook Page on Sunday to announce the license termination.
“If you know anything about me, you know that providing the area with a local radio voice has been a dream of mine for a decade,” Raub wrote. “During this last arrangement, we crafted a station that I am extremely proud of. We were lucky enough to partner with so many like-minded people who shared our dream and I thank each of you for what you gave us.”
Station officials could not be immediately reached for additional comment.
The station billed itself as “Fairfield County’s Favorite Radio Station.” It featured, local news, traffic reports and music.
WSHU, which is affiliated with Sacred Heart University of Fairfield, entered into the arrangement in May 2016 that allowed VGR to broadcast on Stamford-based WSTC-AM, according to Portentoso.
“VGR Radio Agency has not paid us anything for the past six months.” Portentoso said. She would not say how much the payments should have been.
Portentoso said WSHU is exploring the long-term possibilities for the station which will require FCC approval .
“As a non-profit, listener-supported organization, we take our fiscal responsibilities very seriously,” said George Lombardi, general manager of WSHU Public Radio. “We are accountable to the listeners and organizations whose financial support represents the largest segment of our budget. We could no longer continue with this arrangement where VGR was not honoring the financial terms of our agreement.”