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WSHU revokes licensing agreement for WSTC-AM radio station

WSHU claimed VGR Radio Agency failed to fulfill its financial obligations.

WSHU, the Sacred Heart University-owned radio station, has terminated its Local Marketing Agreement (LMA) with Stamford’s VGR Radio Agency under which VGR operated WSTC-AM 1400.

WSTC SHU Sacred Heart University radio stationWSHU bought WSTC from Cox Media Group in 2011, but according to the media trade journal Current it sought to sell the station last year due to low listenership. It entered into the LMA with VGR in May 2016, which broadcast local news and traffic along with retro music programming. However, WSHU revoked its agreement on July 9, claiming that VGR had failed to honor its financial terms.

In a Facebook posting, WSTC’s director of operations Mike Raub wrote the station’s programming will revert to the National Public Radio offerings broadcast on WSHU. He also vowed to continue the mission of local broadcasting for Fairfield County.

“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. There are those who feel that this market isn’t able to support local product, but even now I refuse to believe that. Hopefully, I will again soon be working with you to help bring our community closer through radio.”

 

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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