WPTC’s License Transferred to Local Nonprofit

The Federal Communications Commission has approved transfer of the broadcast license for WPTC-FM, the radio station of Pennsylvania College of Technology, to a local nonprofit organization.

“We are sad to see the end of WPTC as a college radio station,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “The station was instrumental as a laboratory for the mass media communications program that ended recently, thus concluding the instructional mission of WPTC.”

Todd Bartley has established the Williamsport Lycoming Broadcast Foundation to own and operate the station, which will remain in Williamsport with studios on Market Street.

Bartley said the foundation is deeply appreciative of WPTC’s heritage; his intention is to maintain a similar format, with a focus on jazz programming. He welcomes those who have volunteered with programming at WPTC to continue in that capacity.

“The opportunity to maintain the legacy of WPTC-FM 88.1 and its place in the community is humbling for me and is very special since my father, Roger Bartley, was instrumental in establishing the college radio station – WRMU-FM, Alliance, Ohio – when he was in school in the late ’60s,” Bartley said.

Starkey said Penn College is pleased that the service mission of the radio station will continue with the transfer of the license to the Williamsport Lycoming Broadcast Foundation.

“We are very grateful for the many volunteers who have made WPTC a special part of Penn College,” he said. “Special thanks go to faculty member Brad Nason for his many years of instruction in the mass media program and in managing WPTC. We are indebted for his loyalty to WPTC and to Penn College. He remains with the college, teaching primarily in the Communication and Literature Department. In addition, Jill Wollet has served for several months as radio station manager and has been integral in the transition of the station from its instructional role through the transfer of the license.”

Comments – 5 Comments

Thanks to everyone involved – this is great!

Posted by Judy McConnell at September 5, 2013 at 8:30 am

Awesome news! My husband and I have been devoted listeners to WPTC Jazz88 for over 15 years!! Sure hope to hear the continued smooth sounds of J.B., Dr.J and the rest of the on-air team that has created a world-class jazz format. Thank you, Todd Bartley!!

Posted by Holly Patton Shull at September 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I looked forward every year to a summer filled with jazz 24/7 @ 88.1. My radio stayed tuned all summer. I guess all good things must come to an end. The current programming is pitiful. The same music is played day after day, week after week, month after month, sometimes hour to hour. I miss Dr. Ray, Mike Hersh, et al. I am devastated by the change. I have now turned to my cable TV to listen to jazz.

Posted by Jill Webb at October 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm

It’s sad that the college got rid of such a valuable tool. It also is ridiculous how they treated the students in the Mass Media Programs who were left with no clear direction to finish their degrees.

Posted by N.F. at October 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm

All remaining students in the mass media communications major were provided with clear communication about the plan and what would be required of them in order to graduate. The communication included individualized letters to each student based on their progress at the time the decision was made to close out the program.

Posted by PCToday editor at October 31, 2013 at 4:39 pm

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