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WSTP radio off the air for time being

While things are being sorted out, WSTP 1490 AM will not be broadcasting.

Attorney Bill Graham said he made the decision to take the station off the air until plans for it are finalized. There is no set time frame for how long the station will be off the air, he said.

Graham, through his company, 2B Productions, bought WSTP on behalf of the Catawba College Foundation. Catawba College plans to use the station as part of its sports communication program.

Graham is a 1983 alumnus of Catawba and currently serves as a trustee for the college. He played a big role in establishing the foundation.

“The college marrying local radio is a great thing for the community, a great thing for the radio and a great thing for Catawba,” Graham told the Post last week.

The Catawba College foundation also owns WSAT AM 1280. Graham said there are currently three or four interns working with WSAT, but he hopes to see the program grow into the double digits.

Buddy Poole manages the station and will also be running WSTP. He has decades of experience in radio broadcasting.

The FCC license to operate WSTP is still issued to Rowan Media Inc, but it will change to 2B Productions — the window for the switch to occur runs through the end of June, according to Tim Coates, owner of Rowan Media.

The FCC license for WSAT is with 2B Productions.

Graham said discussions with Howard Platt and Kent Bernhardt about bringing the men over to the new venture are ongoing.

The “Kent and Howard in the morning” show went off the air after Friday’s broadcast because the men’s contracts with Rowan Media expired over the weekend.

Graham said he has asked the men to come back to him and Poole with proposals for a new show.

Contact Reporter David Purtell at 704-797-4264.

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