FM station buyers: APM in Palm Beach; Texas Tech in San Angelo

After trying for five years to sell its public TV/radio combo in Palm Beach, Fla., Barry University has unloaded the FM station separately. Classical South Florida, an offshoot of Minnesota-based American Public Media, will buy WXEL-FM for $3.85 million, offer jobs to its present staff and program the classical/news station separately from its all-classical Miami station, WKCP.

“CSF plans to strengthen its classical music programming while continuing to provide NPR news and public affairs content to the region,” according to a joint CSF/Barry news release. The university north of Miami, which rescued the shaky WXEL in 1997, was talking with at least three organizations interested in buying WXEL last fall, and the university had narrowed its talks to the Palm Beach school district. The school system was headed toward the purchase last fall until its budget squeeze forced it to change direction. 

In west Texas, the pubradio station in San Angelo was handed from one state university to another after four years of negotiations. Instead of airing a schedule from KUT at the University of Texas in Austin, since April 4 it’s been retransmitting the schedule of Texas Tech Public Media in Lubbock. Its call letters changed, too, from KUTX to KNCH. Texas Tech already had a bigger foothold in San Angelo; three years ago it acquired Angelo State University, where the station is based.

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