Swap of local radio stations in works

Two local radio stations will change hands in about a month, if no objections are filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

In two separate deals, Hollidaysburg-based Forever Broadcasting plans to divest WSGY 98.7 FM for $1.2 million, and then will purchase Tyrone-based WGMR 101.1 FM and a Lewistown-based translator for $2.5 million, according to a document filed with the FCC application.

The sale is necessary to meet an FCC requirement that ownership of stations in a market this size be limited to four FM stations and two AM stations.

2510 Licenses LLC plans to purchase WSGY, which now plays country music. Nicholas Galli, managing member of 2510 Licenses LLC, also owns oldies station WOWY 97.1 FM and top 40 station WBHV 94.5 FM locally, according to documents.

WGMR, which plays contemporary hit radio, is owned by individual licensee Cary Simpson doing business as Allegheny Mountain Network.

Simpson also has majority interest in six FM stations across Pennsylvania and four AM stations, including WTRN in Tyrone.

Officials from Forever Broadcasting and 2510 Licenses could not be reached for comment as to what, if any, changes to the stations are being considered.