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Saturday, May 16, 2015

WUNC Purchasing FSU's Campus Radio Station


WUNC Public Radio has entered into an agreement to purchase WFSS-FM, the radio station of Fayetteville State University. WUNC agrees to pay FSU $1.35 million. Additionally, the deal includes future underwriting announcements for FSU, along with internships for two FSU students annually. The transfer of the station's ownership is pending FCC approval. In advance of that, WFSS' normal jazz programming has ended and the station is now simulcasting WUNC's public radio programming.

The FSU board of trustees unanimously approved the agreement on Wednesday morning in a specially-called meeting.

"Collaborating with WUNC Public Radio, LLC allows us to leverage our previous investment in WFSS to benefit the university and the community," said James Anderson, Fayetteville State chancellor. "WUNC is one of the nation's most successful public radio stations. Our listeners will have access to excellent news programs that include a major focus on North Carolina, including issues that affect military families and veterans."

WUNC-FM President and General Manager Connie Walker said: "This acquisition makes it possible for us to provide high-quality public radio in a cost-effective fashion for Fayetteville and the surrounding communities."

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