Frequency to Watch: FM 107.5

107.5 WBLS-FM needs some love.  Awwww. 😉

Frankie Crocker, who was program director of WBLS several times throughout his career, created the urban contemporary format on the station in the 1970s.  Now it is going up for auction after a forced bankruptcy.  The bids are due February 13th:

Just as we expected, the debtors are authorized by a federal bankruptcy judge in New York to mount a “stalking horse” bid. That primes the process, as a “credit bid” based on the amount owed to them in these Chapter 11 proceedings. The creditors include Fortress and Yucaipa. The big prize is Inner City’s urban WBLS, New York City […]

listening to NY 107.5 wbls Friday midnight program online
Image by kenjimori via Flickr

WBLS has had a long run with its urban (now urban AC) format.  It’s always sad to see a heritage station come to an end, but the end may or may not be coming for WBLS.  ESPN is probably looking at 107.5 in addition to 94.7, but being an auction and all, just about anybody could have an interest.  The new owners, whoever they may be, just might keep the urban format in place.  It continues to do well, thanks in part to Steve Harvey in the morning.

When Valentine’s Day comes around, who will be the one to give WBLS  some love?

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Author: Chuck

I started out as a child, then things kind of grew from there.  I spend way too much time around computers and radios, but I do like to take a break once in a while.  I'm not a real doctor, but I played one on the radio in college. A bit later on, I wrote an article that was published in COMPUTE!'s Gazette (Commodore 64/128 magazine). I also think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

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