More than 20 full- and part-time staffers of WDUQ will lose their jobs come June 30 when 90.5 FM is turned over to Essential Public Media. Duquesne University and Essential Public Media finalized negotiations to allow EPM to take over programming under a License Marketing Agreement. That agreement would remain in effect until the FCC approves the sale which could take up to two months. The LMA will go into effect July 1.
The layoffs were not unexpected as the staff did receive earlier notification from the university that July 1 would be the target date. Remaining with the station through the transition will be director of development and interim general manager Fred Serino as well as business manager Vicky Rumpf.