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FCC Approves WXLV-FM License Assignment to Religious Broadcaster

WXLVbannerFM broadcasts for Lehigh Carbon Community College radio station WXLV will cease by early April, following the consummation of the sale of the FM license to Four Rivers Community Broadcasting. On January 28, the FCC approved the assignment of the 90.3 FM license to the religious broadcaster. An article in the Express-Times states that,

“On-the-air broadcasts from the frequency will cease for a week to 10 days before resuming with the Word FM format by early April, [Four Rivers President Charles] Loughery said. Four Rivers plans to transmit from its Sellersville studio to LCCC’s antenna for rebroadcast. The station will be the nonprofit’s 13th.”

As I reported in December, the Schnecksville, Pennsylvania student radio station license is being sold for $705,000. WXLV will retain its call letters and we are now learning that the station will continue as an online-only operation. The 90.3 FM signal will air broadcasts of contemporary Christian music network Word FM.

Despite a flurry of student and community protest when rumors of a potential WXLV sale were made public in 2011, the rallies, petition, and social media efforts were short-lived. University officials proceeded with plans to sell the station and filed paperwork with the FCC in December, 2012.

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