Monday, September 23, 2013

Carlisle PA Radio: Ben Barber, Dennis Edwards OUT At WHYL

Ben Barber
With the departure of longtime Harrisburg, PA area personality Ben Barber from WHYL 960 AM “Nice", there are questions about the future of the station, according to the Carlisle, PA Sentinel.

The station has been having financial troubles for more than a year now, according to United States Bankruptcy Court documents that show the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Aug. 13, 2012, under the name of Trustworthy Radio LLC. A motion to convert the case to Chapter 7 bankruptcy was granted on July 18, 2013, according to the documents. 

Court documents say WHYL has claimed that it owes its creditors at least $82,880.22.

Wayne Gracey, the attorney representing the station as well as general manager Bruce Collier, said Chapter 7 bankruptcy usually means that a business must close its doors and stop all operations. But in this case, WHYL remains on the air by the use of automation. Gracey said the trustee allowed the business to stay open to better find a buyer.

Dennis Edwards, Barber’s co-host, said to the best of his knowledge, the station has laid off its entire staff, temporarily. Barber and Gracey believed there were a few people still at the station.

“The hard part about it is that this radio station is a standard here in Carlisle,” Barber said. “It went on the air in 1948 and to see it run into the ground the way it has (been), at (Bruce Collier’s) hands, I don’t have a whole lot of nice things to say.”

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