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November 23, 2013

Two local radio stations plan merger

Community radio station WIOX of Roxbury announced Thursday that it will join WSKG Public Media of Binghamton, a public broadcasting company serving 21 counties in New York state and Pennsylvania. 

The merger, pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission, would include assignment of the broadcast license from Roxbury’s municipality to the WSKG Telecommunications Council. 

WIOX began broadcasting in August 2010 at 91.3 FM out of Roxbury. The Class A radio station is operated by volunteer program hosts and producers. Earlier this year, WIOX had announced that it would begin airing WSKG programs from midnight through the early morning hours. 

“This accord promises to help sustain and grow our wonderfully quixotic user-generated radio content, and align WIOX with WSKG’s burgeoning network of upstate community radio stations and multi-platform media that extends from beyond the Finger Lakes to Oneonta and Cooperstown, and now to Delhi and the Catskills region,” WIOX Consulting Manager and Executive Producer Dr. Joe Piasek said in a media release. “It’s a logical extension of the WSKG-WIOX programming partnership that brought NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ and overnight classics to WIOX listeners earlier this year.” 

The Roxbury station’s original programming includes “Catskill Digest,” a roundtable discussion between heads of local nonprofits; “Car Kvetch,” a call-in car advice show with a local mechanic and car enthusiast; and “The Farm Hour.” 

“I applaud what WIOX and the communities around Roxbury have been able to achieve in such a short amount of time, and look forward to supporting the station’s continued growth and success,” WSKG President and CEO Brian Sickora said in the release. “We are embarking on a very unique model in public radio that we believe will provide enhanced services to the region.” 

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