Thursday, August 3, 2017

Kingston NY Radio: WKNY Acquired By Jimmy Buff Group

 A nonprofit organization called Radio Kingston Corp. is buying WKNY 1490 AM from Townsquare Media and launching a commercial-free platform “dedicated solely to a vibrant, just and healthy Kingston,” the group said Wednesday.

Jimmy Buff, who recently stepped down as program director and an on-air host at WDST 100.1 FM in Woodstock, will serve as executive director of Radio Kingston and host a show on WKNY beginning later this year.

Jimmy Buff
Radio Kingston, which approached Townsquare Media about buying the station, will purchase WKNY for $500,000, Buff said Wednesday. The sale will mark the second time in a four-year span that WKNY is changing hands.

“At a time when growing polarization, media consolidation, privatization and exploitation of community resources threaten the basic fabric of local communities, Radio Kingston hopes to demonstrate that a radically different path is possible,” the group said in a press release. “It will create a space for residents to build renewed trust, empathy and connection, while celebrating our shared strengths and creativity, and deepening a truly local conversation about creating a community that works better for everyone.”

WKNY 1490 AM (1 Kw)
Radio Kingston said the new WKNY’s programming will focus on community storytelling, artistic and musical expression, conversation and connection.

Buff also said the group plans to keep all current WKNY hosts working, including Warren Lawrence, who has been with the station for more than 40 years.

Radio Kingston plans to host a series of community meetings in the fall to gather ideas for programming and also will set up a website and digital platforms. It expects new programming to begin in early 2018.

WKNY first went on the air on Dec. 16, 1939. Its most recent change in ownership was in 2013, when Townsquare bought the station from Cumulus Media Holdings. The same deal gave Townsquare WPDH-FM 101.5, WCZX-FM 97.7 and WRRV-FM 92.7, among other local stations.

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