Owner of three Ogdensburg area radio stations acquires eight more Central New York stations
Monday, May 6, 2013 - 5:26 pm

The owner of three Ogdensburg-area radio stations has acquired eight Central New York radio stations.

Community Broadcasters, which owns WLFK-fm-95.3 “The Wolf” in Gouverneur, and WQTK-fm-92.7 “The North Country’s News and Talk Authority” and WSLB-am “1400-ESPN Sports,” as well as several Watertown-area stations, made the announcement today.

The acquisition from Backyard Broadcasting will include five Elmira-Corning area stations, including WNKI-fm-106.1 “#1 Hit Music Station,” WNGZ-fm-104.9 classic rock, WPGI-fm-100.9 country, WWLZ-am-820 News/Talk/Sports and WRCE-AM-1490-Simulcast WNGZ-880-Classic Rock.

Two Olean stations, WPIG-fm-95.7country and WHDL-am 1450-Oldies, are also included in the acquisition agreement.

“We are looking forward to working with the teams in Elmira-Corning and Olean to integrate the seven additional stations into the Community Broadcasters’ family of stations,” said Jim Leven, president and CEO of Community Broadcasters.

Bruce Mittman, president and CEO of Mittcom, a Boston area advertising agency, and Jim Leven formed Community Broadcasters seven years ago with the goal of creating a small- to medium-sized market radio portfolio.

“Knowing Community Broadcasters’ dedication to creating strong local radio I am pleased to see these leading stations add to their footprint in New York,” said Barry Drake, president and CEO of Backyard Broadcasting.

The acquisition agreement has been filed with the Federal Communications Commission.