Classical South Florida awaits ruling on radio station purchase

Posted on: July 27, 2010

In Monday’s (7/26) Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), Eric P. Newcomer reports, “The controversy over the sale of Barry University’s public broadcasting radio station, WXEL, 90.7 FM, to Classical South Florida continues as the station’s independent community advisory board considers endorsing a new potential buyer. In March, Barry University in Miami agreed to sell the radio station to Classical South Florida for $3.85 million, but before that sale can go forward it must be approved by the Florida Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission. The WXEL Community Advisory Board opposes the sale to Classical South Florida, an affiliate of American Public Media based in Minnesota.” Two other nonprofits—Strategic Broadcast Media Group and the Community Broadcast Foundation of the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast—are also interested in purchasing the station. “Members of the advisory board, Strategic Broadcast Media and the Community Broadcast Foundation criticized the decision to offer the station to Classical South Florida, in part, because they do not believe it is truly a local station.”

Posted July 27, 2010