The FCC last week approved the donation of WMNY-AM (1360 McKeesport) from Renda Broadcasting to Pentecostal Development Corp. The studios will be moved out of Renda’s Green Tree building to New Kensington where PTDC’s WGBN-AM (1150 New Kensington) is already located. Bishop Loran Mann hopes to have the transaction and move completed by November 1.
Mann tells The Trib’s Pat Cloonan, “I’m extremely thankful to Renda Broadcasting and to Anthony Renda, in particular, for his vision and foresight for what we hope to do in this market. It’s an exciting time for us, and I look forward to it with great anticipation.”
The plan for 1360 is to simulcast 1150’s programming for now, but that will likely change down the road. The WMNY call sign is not expected to change for the time being either. It will maintain McKeesport as its city of license and Mann says that they will continue to serve the city despite being 25 miles away by car. They will also continue airing NBC Radio News as it is carried on WGBN.
One can expect that the current programming on WMNY will disappear, but the local weekend shows may not. Cloonan asked about the George Almasi Polka program which has been on the air at WMNY for many years. Mann replied, “If they are interested in continuing with us, we will be happy to continue with them.”
The new acquisition for PTDC does not change any plans for expanding WGBN’s signal. While there appears to be no definitive plan in place, Mann says it’s still in consideration.
(Valley News Dispatch; not available online)