United States

A trio of stations in Tifton GA have ceased operations after their parent company was sold leaving them with out access to their transmission equipment.

PlantTel, the parent company of Plant Broadcasting and their Classic Rock “Rock 105.7” WFFM Ashburn, Country 107.5 WTIF-FM Omega, and Classic Country “Real Country 99.91340 WTIF/99.9 W260AT Tifton, was sold to TruVista Communications in November 2021 with the radio station licenses transferred to PlantTel CEO Danny Sterling’s Sterling Southern Land LLC.

Now the stations have ceased operations as the closing of the PlantTel deal left them without some of the assets, including access to their towers, needed for operation. The STA filing with the FCC notes that the stations will be divested prior to resuming operations. In the filing Danny Sterling wrote, “The antenna structures for WTIF(AM) and its FM Translator W260AT, both serving Tifton, Georgia; WTIF-FM, serving Omega, Georgia; and WFFM(FM), serving Ashburn, Georgia (herein, “Stations”), are being disposed of in a separate transaction involving some of the tangible assets used or useful by the Stations. As a result of this disposition, which is scheduled to occur on July 6, 2022, the antenna structures will not, in the near term, be available to the Stations, requiring the Stations to suspend operations until they can be divested (subject to Commission approval) to third parties. Upon such approval and divestiture, and resumption of the right of access to the antenna structures, the Stations propose to resume operations under the ownership of the third parties.”

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-07-06)