UTICA-ROME — The sale of WRUN 1150 from Albany-based Northeast Public Radio to Bud Williamson’s Digital Radio Broadcasting is now official. The deal (first reported in July), which included a swap for another station plus some cash, closed last week.
Updated 12/10 at 10pm with WRUN call letters changed to WUTI.
Word of the closing comes from the latest edition of NorthEast Radio Watch by Scott Fybush. He also includes a brief history, reminding us WRUN once represented the western fringe of the coverage area of NEPR, until the network finally got approval to build WRUN-FM at 90.3 in Remsen last year.
Without any further need for WRUN(AM), the public radio group struck a deal with Williamson to trade WRUN plus $20,000 for a Cooperstown translator. Fybush reports Williamson has replaced the programming of NEPR mothership WAMC with an automated CHR feed.
New on 12/10: As reported in a comment below by CNYRadio.com subscriber “fitnesscenter,” the new owners have changed the call letters to WUTI (verified by FCC station query), ending a 61-year run with the classic WRUN call letters. The station’s entry in the CNYRadio.com Station Wiki has been updated accordingly.