Sale collapses; KLYC to shut down Friday
Owner Laurel “Stella” Bohnsack announced Monday she would cease broadcasting Friday, March 22, at 12:60 p.m. — 1 p.m. She said she plans to close with some special programming featuring favorite music and reminiscences from the annals of Yamhill County radio.
Dick Mason, who spent 35 years in broadcasting in California, signed a local marketing agreement with Bohnsack Strategies, Inc. last August, which allowed him to supervise the station with an intent to purchase. At the time, he anticipated the transaction, which needed Federal Communications Commission approval, would take four months.
Seven months later, Mason, who said he’d been updating the staff as the process went along, sent out what he called the “Ultimate Update” to employees. Dated Thursday, March 14, it said:
“I am leaving KLYC, effective Friday, March 15, 2013. After more than seven months, the proposed transfer is terminating. The issue is the existence of profound technical problems, which plague the station because of years of neglect.
“KLYC is in violation of at least six FCC regulations. (This is from KLYCs Chief Engineer, James Boyd). I offered to pay for half of the repairs, but for the past seven months, I have met with obstacles, delays and refusals and refutations.
“Today (Thursday), I am removing the equipment I purchased for KLYC. I am turning in my keys Friday. I regret that we couldn’t make it work. I put a lot of time, energy and money into KLYC.
“Best of luck to you all.”
The station was founded by brothers Jack and Phil Bladine, then owners of the News-Register, which is currently being run by Phil’s son, Jeb. It began broadcasting on June 18, 1949, with Mayor R.H. Windisher throwing the switch on its 1 kilowatt Western Electric transmitter.
The late Larry Bohnsack purchased the station in 1990 with a mission to “profitably provide Yamhill County with quality community radio.” Along with his wife, Stella, Bohnsack and the orange-attired staff, dubbed the “Yamcrew,” specialized in live remote broadcasts at events and festivals from the Yamvan.
The station has served as a daily local news source for Yamhill County. It has broadcast Linfield football and basketball games, as well as local high school football games of the week, interspersed with a locally programmed mix of oldies, country and classic rock music.
“The talented and dedicated on-air staff, especially Eve Fuller and Lars Patrick,” have given 1260 Radio its personality and community focus,” Stella Bohnsack said. “I’m also grateful for the loyal listeners who have tuned to 1260 on a regular basis.
“And, of course, none of it would have been possible without the support of our advertisers, whom I will try to thank personally. It has been a privilege to serve Yamhill County for over 22 years.”
Mason expressed frustration the deal falling apart. He said he’d left a job he’d been at for six years in order to purchase the station.
“I think Yamhill County deserves to have a community radio station,” he said.
Mason said he learned of “profound technical issues” shortly after he executed the purchase documents.
“It was a little bit of a shock,” he said. “I was not expecting it.”
He said, “We made a lot of headway, and put a lot of work into it,” but it just wasn’t enough.
The station has scheduled a sale of equipment and furnishings for Saturday, April 6.