“The classical radio station WBACH stopped broadcasting over the weekend, after serving southern and midcoast Maine for more than 25 years,” writes Alex Acquisto in Monday’s (2/20) Bangor Daily News. “With little warning on Saturday, the 96.9 frequency in Portland changed to simulcasting ‘The Wolf’ country music station, and on Sunday the 106.9 frequency that serves the coastal region changed to a rock music station. … Scott Hooper, a former program coordinator for WBACH … did not respond Monday morning to an emailed request for comment. The station had financial difficulties a few years ago, but it was not clear Monday morning why WBACH, which is owned by Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Binnie Media, is no longer broadcasting.… WBACH was formerly owned by Nassau Broadcasting. After the broadcasting corporation went bankrupt in 2013, WBACH, along with 10 other Maine stations—including The Wolf, The Bone, and Frank FM—were auctioned off and eventually bought by Binnie Media. WBACH returned to airwaves in 2013…. WBACH listeners can continue tuning in to classical music through the Maine Public Broadcasting Network with its new Maine Public Classical station, which was launched in May.”

Posted February 21, 2017