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WNED Sells AM970 to Wingnuts

When WNED president and COO Donald Boswell left his position on the UB Foundation board in order to dispel the appearance of impropriety just before the state university sold its 50-year-old radio station WBFO to WNED, who could have guessed WNED’s AM970 National Public Radio station would be sold only one year later to a right-wing Christian broadcasting company out of Colorado?

According to its website, Crawford Broadcasting Company offers “a wide variety of Christian and wholesome secular program formats. Our listeners tune in to CBC stations for the best music and talk programs.”

Here is a description of their daily editorial program:

In 1992, when liberal voices were becoming loud and shrill, Donald Crawford, President of Crawford Broadcasting Company, decided it was time for his company to express its conservative values. In April of that year, The Crawford STAND became the company’s daily corporate voice. Many editorials focus on politics and patriotism, but the Christian calling of CBC is often front and center.

According to a Buffalo News article, the $875,000 WNED will reap from the sale will be used to “pay down some of the debt it took on through the $4 million purchase of WBFO-FM.”

Hats off to ex-vice president of external affairs at UB Marsha Henderson, associate vice president for university communications Joe Brennan, freelance NPR traveling hatchet-man Mark Vogelzang, and Boswell for making it all possible. Soon, Buffalo radio listeners will be able to tune in to contemporary Christian music, as well as “preaching, teaching and talk from familiar voices, both local and nationally-known speakers. This is radio that changes lives with the Word of God,” according to the Crawford Broadcasting Company website.

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