Harold Camping is “with the Lord”

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Nope, didn’t happen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remember when Harold Camping made all those predictions about the return of Jesus and the coming Rapture?  Well, he won’t be making any predictions anymore:

Family Radio Network marketing manager Nina Romero said Harold Camping, a retired civil engineer who built a worldwide following for the nonprofit, Oakland-based ministry he founded in 1958, died at his home on Sunday. She said he had been hospitalized after falling.

Family Radio released a statement that said Camping is “Home with the Lord.”  Maybe the Lord can explain to Camping why his predictions were wrong for all these years.

This makes me wonder what the fate of Family Radio will be, now that Camping is no longer with us.  Who is running things now?  94.7 FM, the former Newark/New York City home of Family Radio, was sold to Cumulus and is now country formatted “Nash FM.”  They have also sold stations in Philadelphia and Washington, DC.  If this is enough to keep them financially afloat, the Christian network will continue to exist.  However, if not, Family Radio might be facing their own “end times.”

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94.7: Future in the Clouds

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Cumulus clouds (Photo credit: atheism)

It’s happening:

Let the speculation begin! The newest radio station in New York City, officially licensed to Newark, is now part of the Cumulus family. WFME 94.7 FM is the former New York home of Family Radio.

On Friday afternoon, Cumulus flipped the switched on its newest commodity, and thus opened the floodgates to rumor. For those rumor mongers, the call letters, at least for now, are the curious–WRXP.

Curious, indeed.  WRXP showed up on 101.9 FM twice, and both times it was alternative rock.  Will the new rock format resurface a third time?  I’m kind of hoping it will, but I’ve got some issues with the station’s signal.

Hope Radio has a translator in Hauppauge at 94.9 FM, which causes interference in that area.  Further east, 94.7 WLIX-LP just walks all over WRXP in Ridge and surrounding areas.  Add the fact that WRXP’s tower is in West Orange, NJ, rather than on the Empire State Building, just adds to my reception difficulties.  This is why Family Radio was (and is) broadcasting on 88.9 WFRS in Smithtown.  It looks like the only way I’ll be able to hear WRXP with any clarity is through the IHeartRadio app, that is when they get around to putting the stream on the app.

Picking Up The Pieces

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You’ll need a device like this to listen to newrock1019.com (Radio Icon in iPod – Photo credit: Zacky Ma)

These past few weeks have been interesting, to say the least.  We’ve been hit with a hurricane, early snowfall, not to mention island wide power outages and never-ending gas lines.  Today, the gas lines are almost nonexistent, and power has been restored to most of the Island, but we’re still in recovery mode.

Back on November 2, WFAN took over the 101.9 FM frequency.  This ended the alternative rock format… at least on terrestrial radio.  WRXP is now available as an online-only station.  So, if 101.9 was planning on going to go online-only, why were they playing ads for 94.3 The Shark?  I’ll admit to tuning into The Shark once in a while, but it’s not the same as RXP online stream.  Plus I can’t get the stream in my car, anyway.

Meanwhile, we’re all waiting to see what 94.7 WFME will turn into at the end of the year…

94.7 WFME Sold

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Could 94.7 FM become the new home of Carrie Underwood? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remember when WFME converted its license from non-commercial to commercial earlier this year?  It may have taken most of 2012, but WFME has found a buyer in Cumulus:

WFME was the last commercial band FM in Family Stations portfolio following sales of stations in Maryland and Philadelphia last year. The station will now join a Cumulus cluster that includes Talk 770 WABC and Adult CHR 95.5 WPLJ along with a few suburban stations.

At this point, speculations are being widely… um… speculated.  With the future departure of WRXP, a new rock station could be in the future.  Country music is also an option.  There’s also an option of another talk format.  Could it be a WABC simulcast?  Could it be sports?  I’m kind of hoping it’s not sports, because there doesn’t really need to be three sports stations on FM, despite the various sports teams vying for radio exposure.

We won’t know what will be coming to 94.7 until December/January, so feel free to make your own speculations.

What do you think?  Will 94.7 become the home of rock, country, talk, or something else?

Frequency to Watch: FM 94.7

Harold Camping, founder of the Christian radio network Family Radio, predicted that Jesus Christ might return on September 6, 1994.

Harold Camping in 2008
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That event didn’t happen.

He also predicted that May 21, 2011, would be the date of the Rapture, and the world would end on October 21, 2011.

Those events didn’t happen, either.

Family Radio has been the owner of 94.7 WFME-FM in Newark , NJ, since 1966, but that ownership appears to be at an end.

Family Radio lost money when Harold Camping’s predictions didn’t come to fruition.  So, they started selling radio stations.  So far, WKDN (Camden, NJ) and WFSI (Annapolis, MD) have been converted from non-commercial to commercial status and sold to commercial broadcasters.  Recently, they filed an application with the FCC to do the same conversion for WFME.

The sale of WFME is very, very likely, but we don’t know when it will occur.  For now, it can only speculated what new programming will appear on FM 94.7, but whatever it is, it will be big news.  There hasn’t been a new commercial FM frequency available in NYC for a very, very long time.  There’s already been plenty of speculation on various radio sites and message boards, however the sports radio predictions sound the most probable.  ESPN has been looking for an FM outlet in NYC for the last few years, and an opportunity is rising right now.

On October 16, 2011, Harold Camping stepped down as host of Family Radio’s Open Forum program.  I predict that Harold Camping won’t be making any predictions for a while.