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MPR Sells WMNN to Catholic Network

MPR Sells WMNN to Catholic Network

Last week we told you Minnesota Public Radio’s for-profit arm Greenspring Co. was selling its commercial news and farm radio network to Saga Communications. MPR is also selling WMNN(AM), St. Paul to Starboard Media for $6.75 million. Green Bay-based Starboard is adding to its stable of Catholic talk stations.
The Saint Paul Pioneer Press quotes MPR as indicating the combined sales would affect about 32 full time employees. MPR said Saga intends to hire many of them.
MPR owned the 1330 AM frequency since 1979. In 1995, after establishing KNOW(FM), St. Paul as a news station and KSJN(FM) as a classical music station, MPR leased 1330 AM to MNN.
In addition to its non-commercial stations throughout Minnesota, MPR would continue to own one commercial station, standards format KLBB(AM).