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Miss Muffin at Risk: YMCA Station Will Go Silent

Miss Muffin at Risk: YMCA Station Will Go Silent

The only U.S. radio station owned by a YMCA is about to go dark.
According to a story in Suburban Journals, Missouri noncom KYMC at 89.7 MHz will go dark on New Year’s. It quoted a Y official saying, “The YMCA of Greater St. Louis is a not-for-profit charitable organization. During our budget process for 2007, it was determined we would cease operations of the station due to budgetary constraints.” She told the publication that managers are talking to other organizations about a possible timed brokerage arrangement, and also exploring a possible sale.
The station has an eclectic format and serves West County from a studio at a YMCA in Chesterfield. “The station features shows such as the Miss Muffin children’s program on Saturdays and regular shows from a variety of disc jockeys, who sign up for seven-week sessions on a rotating basis,” the Suburban Journals reported. Some listeners have started a Web site to save the station.