WAMU/Washington Puts Bluegrass Country Up For Sale
July 11, 2016 at 4:13 AM (PT)
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY has placed the BLUEGRASS COUNTRY format airing on WAMU-HD2/WASHINGTON, online, and a trio of FM translators -- W288BS/GREAT FALLS, VA, W228AM/FREDERICK, MD, and W228AB/PARAMOUNT, MD -- up for sale.
The station posted on its website that due to demographic shifts and studies showing limited available growth in the format, "In order to focus our financial resources and creative energy on news and information, we will have to part ways with our bluegrass service." The post said that a search consulted by BLUEGRASS COUNTRY morning host/Managing Producer KATY DALEY and her team is underway but that if a new owner is not found, the service will end on DECEMBER 31st, 2016. In the meantime, no new donations are being accepted for the format.
The request for proposal stipulates that BLUEGRASS COUNTRY's intellectual property and trademark rights as well as the web domain bluegrasscountry.org are what are for sale, and the music library will be donated to the new owner, as well as one year of operation on WAMU-HD2, after which the new owner will need to pay operating costs for the channel to remain there. The translator in GREAT FALLS (serving parts of NORTHERN VIRGINIA and WASHINGTON) is leased, and WAMU will "introduce the New Owner to the translator owner" but the lease is not included, and the translators in FREDERICK and PARAMOUNT (HAGERSTOWN) will cease to rebroadcast the format. Studio space may be available to the new owner at WAMU for "prevailing rent."