Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pending Sales Lead to Format Changes at 4 Local Radio Stations; Progressive Talk-Show Programming Will Move to One Station

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pending Sales Lead to Format Changes at 4 Local Radio Stations; Progressive Talk-Show Programming Will Move to One Station

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Byline: MARK BASCH

Four Jacksonville radio stations changed formats this week in connection with pending sales of the stations:

- Local talk-show host Andy Johnson's "Radio Free Jacksonville" programming, which had been simulcast on three stations, has moved to WJSJ (105.3 FM).

- The sports programming that had been on WJSJ, which is a simulcast of WJXL (1010 AM), has moved to WFJO (92.5 FM).

- The other two stations that broadcast Johnson's progressive talk shows, WSJF (105.5 FM) and WHJX (105.7 FM), are now broadcasting a Latino music format.

All four stations are owned by Tama Broadcasting, but a court-appointed receiver has been running Tama's stations for the past year. A group called Family Broadcasting LLC filed an application in April with the Federal Communications Commission to buy WFJO, WSJF and WHJX for $3.6 million. The FCC has not yet approved the sale, but the sale agreement called for Family Broadcasting to begin operating the stations on Aug. 1 under a time brokerage agreement.

WJSJ was not part of that agreement and will continue to be operated by Scott Savage, the court-appointed receiver for Tama. "It's on the market to be sold," Savage said Tuesday.

In the meantime, Savage said the station reached a two-year agreement with Johnson to move his progressive talk lineup to WJSJ. …

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