WATO Goes Silent, For Sale
April 6, 2010 at 6:39 AM (PT)
WATO-A/OAK RIDGE, TN has fallen silent again after the station's new owner closed operations due to financial considerations. The station, formerly owned by HORNE RADIO, LLC, had been off the air since a tower fell in MARCH 2008, and ANN C. WALDEN's SHEEPDOG BROADCASTING CORPORATION resumed operations with a Talk format last AUGUST as "THE ATOMIC TALKER."
WALDEN says that "our initial outlay was double over the consultant's estimate, then to keep power on at leased tower site required a very large cost outlay, and the economy was so bad, negatively impacting ad sales, that we determined we would just sell/close down. We have sold our equipment to JIM SEXTON, owner of AM 850 (WKVL-A/KNOXVILLE) and have our license for sale (has a pending 5000 watt construction permit thru SEPTEMBER 2012). If anyone is interested in purchasing license, please contact me at (865) 640-5600."