Classical radio station NIPR sold; programs move to streaming format

Posted on: June 10, 2021

“Northeast Indiana Public Radio (NIPR) is selling 94.1-FM to Taylor University Broadcasting Inc. (TUBI),” reads an unsigned report in Sunday’s (6/5) Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly (IN). “Currently, 94.1 FM broadcasts classical music using the WBNI call letters. Classical WBNI will continue to be heard throughout the community on WBNI.org, on the WBNI mobile app, on HD radio, and on smart speakers and mobile devices. Pending FCC approval, the transfer of ownership will take place later this summer…. TUBI, which also owns Christian music station WBCL, is acquiring 94.1 for its sister station, Rhythm and Praise .… an Urban Gospel station…. NIPR is the licensee for 89.1 WBOI—NPR News and Diverse Music, WBOI.org, WBOI Studios Podcasts, and Classical WBNI. NIPR is a nonprofit, charitable organization. According to information on WBOI’s website, the sales price for 94.1 WBNI is $350,000. The money will be used ‘to pay off part of the debt that was created from the purchase of 94.1 [and] to purchase essential equipment.’ … Part of the funds will be used to establish a reserve fund…. Classical 94.1 WBNI-FM has a total weekly audience of between 4,000-8,000 people.”