Franklin College has announced the sale of its radio station, WFCI (89.5 FM), to Inter Mirifica, Inc., who will begin operating it as a Christian station once the sale is approved. The application for assignment of license is pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
“In the recent past, WFCI has been used to broadcast Franklin College athletic events and provide public broadcasting to Johnson County through a partnership with WFYI Indianapolis,” said Franklin College President Kerry N. Prather. “Now our athletic events are broadcast via digital live stream as a component of our sports communication major, also making them accessible to our alumni across the nation. Additionally, with public broadcasting now reaching the county directly from WFYI, we realized the continuation of the radio station had become duplicative.”
Other colleges and universities in Indiana have sold their radio stations in recent years as well, including Purdue University and the University of Evansville.
“We are grateful for all the opportunities the radio station and its partners have provided for the college, its students and the community but streamlining our operation will allow us to focus on our primary mission, which is preparing young people to meet their promising futures,” Prather added.
WFCI will remain on-the-air during the transition period, broadcasting from the Franklin College campus while providing public broadcasting to the Johnson County area. Closing of the sale, following the consent of the Federal Communications Commission, is anticipated in Fourth Quarter 2022.
For more information, contact Franklin College’s Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.
POSTED Aug 31, 2022