A group of radio stations in Portland, Maine will go silent, following the recent passing of company owner and former Auburn mayor Dick Gleason and the effect the coronavirus is having on the economy.
On Sunday, March 29, Mountain Valley Broadcasting, which operates under the Gleason Media banner, will sign off country combo WOXO-FM/WRMO-FM (92.7/100.7), hot AC “Maine`s Big Z” WEZR/WPNO (1240/1450) and sports WTME (780). Two translator signals that air “Maine’s Big Z” will also go dark, the Lewiston-licensed W288CW at 105.5 and the South Paris-licensed W245CQ at 96.9.
WOXO Station Manger Vic Hodgkins tells the Sun Journal that “a combination of low receivables and slow payments, combined with a projected drop in advertising because of COVID-19,” is causing the stations to shut down.
Gleason purchased what was WNWY in Norway, ME in 1975 and changed the call letters to WOXO. He died at the age of 71 on Feb. 9.
As earlier reported by Inside Radio, the pandemic has also led to the shuttering of Atlanta upstart talk outlet WTZA (1010).