KLYC 1260 radio to sign off Friday
(N-R Staff) McMinnville's local radio station, KLYC 1260 AM, will cease broadcasting on Friday, March 22 at 1 p.m. — 12:60 p.m. in symbolic station parlance.
The station has broadcast since 1949, when it was founded by brothers Jack and Phil Bladine, co-owners of the Telephone-Register. After a series of interim owners, it was purchased by Larry and Laurel "Stella" Bohnsack in 1990.
Last August, veteran California broadcaster Dick Mason moved to McMinnville and executed a local marketing agreement with Bohnsack Strategies that allowed him to assume control of the station with an intent to purchase, subject to FCC approval. However, due to antiquated equipment, the station has been unable to meet FCC certification standards, preventing the deal from closing.
Mason gave up on it last week and pulled out of the deal. In response, Stella Bohnsack, sole owner since her husband's death, announced Monday that the station would be ceasing operations at the end of the week.
"The talented and dedicated on-air staff, especially Eve Fuller and Lars Patrick, have given 1260 radio its personality and community focus," Bohnsack said. "I'm also grateful for the loyal listeners who have tuned to 1260 on a regular basis."
She added: "It has been a privilege to serve Yamhill County for over 22 years."
See the article in Tuesday's News-Register for details on how the sale fell apart.