ONEIDA -- The sale of, as they legal ID themselves, "WMCR AM 1600 and FM 106.3 in Oneida, New York" is a done deal. After about 40 years of ownership, Vivian Warren has retired from the radio ownership game, nearly a million dollars richer.
New this morning, Taylor has the sale price -- $950,000. Not a bad "retirement incentive" for Warren -- who, with her late husband Bill, purchased the station back in 1969.
The Leatherstocking Media Group, headed by James Johnson, is the new owner. Johnson, who formerly owned a cluster of stations in Oneonta, told the local press in March he had no immediate major changes in store for WMCR, other than technological upgrades for the studio.
We wonder if that might include automation to keep the station going overnight; for many years, WMCR has signed off daily between the hours of 10pm and 6am.