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Praise the Lord! WGTS and its one dozen listeners are not going anywhere. The station at 91.9 FM, owned since ’46 by Seventh Day Adventists over at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, has been up for sale for some time. The only serious bidder was American Public Media Group, the other public radio conglomerate, which basically owns all the public radio programs that NPR doesn’t. And that’s a lot, people, despite what you’ve heard.
Anyway, APM wanted to turn the D.C. area’s little Christian station into something that was not, well, Christian. Thus SAVE GTS was born. Prayers were answered, the station was yanked off the market, and the college’s endowment will remain paltry. APM has instead offered to slap down $20 mill for a different Christian station down in Miami, which is set to die on Sunday, only to rise again as a classical station.
Well, we’ll always have WETA. But unfortunately commercial-free bluegrass is only for the privileged few.