One of NY’s oldest independent radio station’s, WOR (710 AM), will be purchased by the large radio broadcasting company Clear Channel. According to the NY Daily News, Clear Channel CEO John Hogan has not given any clues about future personnel or format plans for WOR, but he did say that a “Local Marketing Agreement” will be in place by Wednesday, meaning Clear Channel could begin programming the station while the deal is negotiated.
Tom Taylor, editor of the newsletter Inside-Radio.com, said that WOR is seen as valuable to Clear Channel because it could provide a NY home for talk programs such as WABC’s afternoon lineup of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
WOR was founded in 1922 and was NYs last major independent station. WOR has had a history of tech innovation and was one of the first radio stations in America to use directional antenna in order to boost its broadcast range.