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Negative economic effects from the COVID-19 pandemic have forced two Bustos Media Washington state AMs to sign off while Adams Radio Group has ceased operations of a Fox Sport Radio affiliate in Fort Wayne.

Bustos filed notifications of Suspension of Operations and Request for Silent STA for KMIA Seattle (1210) and KXET Portland (1130). In each filing with the FCC the company cites “health considerations and economic conditions in light of the coronavirus emergency” for why it must temporarily cease broadcasting, adding that “it is our hope that the coronavirus emergency will end and that we can resume broadcasting within 180 days.”

KMIA was airing Bustos Media’s regional Mexican “La Pantera” network, while KXET was carrying the brokered “Slavic Family Radio.” Both stations went silent Monday, March 23.

In its filing with the FCC, Adams Media Group says it “has been unable to generate sufficient financial resources to sustain operations” of “The Ticket AM 1250” WGL Fort Wayne, “a situation that has been made even more difficult as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

According to WANE-TV, a posting on the station website last week read: “We regret to inform you that we will be discontinuing Fox Sports on WGL AM 1250 effective Monday, March 22. With the current situation, we must devote all of our efforts to our larger signal stations. Thank you very much for listening.”

In its STA request, the company said, “WGL must suspend operations to allow management time to reviews options for a resumption of service.”

In Fort Wayne, Adams also operates classic rock WXKE (96.3), adult hits “103.9 Wayne FM” WWFW, CHR “Hot 107.9” WJFX and country “US 93.3” WBTU.