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By SCOTT FYBUSH

radiodisneyIt was one of the summer's biggest stories - after 18 years of using the AM band as a platform to bring its content to a nationwide audience, Radio Disney was planning to shut down all but one of its remaining terrestrial signals in big markets around the country, potentially leaving some big holes on the AM dial until new owners could be found for the licenses.

Today was supposed to be the day those stations went dark and their local offices closed - but listeners who tuned into WQEW (1560) in New York, WMKI (1260) in Boston, WWJZ (640 Mt. Holly NJ) in Philadelphia or WDDZ (1250) in Pittsburgh found them still on the air this morning - and NERW can exclusively report that those signals will remain on the air indefinitely until Disney is able to sell them.

Why the change of heart?

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3 COMMENTS

  1. For what its worth WILD should buy 1260 and move there so they would have a 24/7 signal. They could then return to a fulltime format for the black community. They could then either sell off 1090 or turn in the license. I don’t see any other option for them. Their mistake was selling off 97.7 to Entercom several years ago.

    Another option might be Bob Bittner buying it and moving WJIB there and dumping 740. While daytime 740 is good its “10,000 butterfly sneezes” after sundown just barely covers all of Cambridge with out interference from Canada.

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