The staff of KQV-AM (1410) found out today that the station will suspend broadcasting at year’s end. The key word in this is “suspension” suggesting the station could return if an investor or two come to the table.
Bob Dickey, Jr. told the Post-Gazette this afternoon, “it’s fair to say we’ve been trying to provide a community service. The bottom line is I just can’t sustain the business model. We are in independent, labor-intensive format, and we were happy to take it on as long as we could financially do it.”
KQV switched to all news in 1975 and Mr. Dickey’s father was a station manager who later received financial backing from Richard Mellon’s Scaiffe to purchase the station in 1982. Mr. Dickey, Sr. died in 2011 and Mr. Scaiffe sold his shares to the family in 2013. The junior Mr. Dickey and his sister, Cheryl Scott, ran the station together until her death last month.