Staff including “Miss Klonk” and “J. Raven” were among those advised Wednesday that they were out of jobs as Boston-based Marlin Broadcasting prepares to close on the sale to a not-for-profit organization that operates radio networks specializing in adult contemporary Christian music.
According to sources, Educational Media Foundation will be the new owner. Calls to CEO Mike Novak that office were not returned. Marlin Broadcasting head Woody Tanger also did not return calls.
“Friday @The_Rock_WCCC @JayRaven @SinnaminWCCC @WCCCKarolyi @KlonkWCCC rides 1 more time 4 the last time” posted Raven on Twitter. “As of Friday 5 p.m. #WCCC will cease 2 exist #success was plentiful in all but economics the pst 2 yrs ”
Program director and on-air personality Mike Karolyi , who could not be reached for comment, posted his demise on Facebook Wednesday evening writing “and then there were none,” with dozens of followers immediately lamenting the station’s sale.
The sale comes just weeks after another major radio station in the Hartford Area, WDRC, was sold by Buckley Broadcasting to Connoisseur Media.
A year ago, devoted fans of WCCC, which began as an AM in 1947 and added FM in 1959, were more than upset when Marlin added “old rock” to its signature “new rock ” format. Longtime listeners were so upset that they held protest rallies and began a Facebook page titled “Save the Rock: CT Radio” in hopes the station would return to its signature format.
Karolyi will host WCCC’s final show Friday from noon to 5 p.m.