Time is running out on the STA for WGBN (1360 McKeesport). The station was granted special temporary authority to remain silent on February 1 and the permit expires on July 30 after which it is likely the licence will be deleted. Nobody seems to know why WGBN and it sister station WMNY (1150 New Kensington) have been off the air for so long. Many suspect it is due to financial distress of the stations’ owner Pentecostal Temple Development Corporation.
PBRTV has had reports that WMNY has been on the air at times in the last six months, but reports have been inconsistent despite the fact that a resumption of operations was granted on April 13. WMNY has been for sale for quite some time. Meanwhile it’s still possible that WGBN could sign on for a day or two merely for the purpose of extending the STA.
Several people interested in the matter have tried to reach out to Pentecostal Temple Development, but most have reported that there was no answer and that they have received no reply.
1150 was donated to Pentecostal Temple Development in the early 1990s by Salem Communications. At the time the station was WKPA and shortly thereafter became the original WGBN. 1360 was donated in 2013 by Renda Broadcasting who operated the station under several call letters, but the most recent being WMNY. Renda Broadcasting still owns the daytime tower site for 1360 and has rented the space out to PTDC since donating the station.