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Milford-Based Radio Stations Are Up for Sale

STAR 99.9 and 99.1 PLR are two of the Milford-based radio stations currently on the market. What should become of them?

 

As Cox Media Group's Kristin Okesson confirmed, four Southern Connecticut radio stations are up for sale, including STAR 99.9, 99.1 PLR, 95.9 The Fox, and the rights to sell WYBC, owned by Yale.

While each of these stations transmit out of different locations in Connecticut (Bridgeport, Norwalk), their offices are located on Wheelers Farm Road in Milford.

If these stations are sold, there is a chance their formats could change. This is not an unusual occurrence in Connecticut. Over the years, for example, 104.1 has changed from an alternative rock format to hip-hop and back again.

We pose the question to you: What would you like to see become of the stations STAR 99.9 and 99.1 PLR? What type of radio are you missing from your life?

Do you want a station to play Adele 24/7? Should a channel on your radio be dedicated to the standards of Cole Porter and Frank Sinatra? Do you want more adventurous (MGMT) and local acts (Milford's own Twice Around) to have a shot further up the radio dial? Do you want more talk radio? Another NPR station? Or has internet radio, Pandora and Spotify deemed local radio stations useless for you?

Let us know in the comments section about what you'd like to see become of these radio stations that are up for sale. Also, if you'd like things to stay exactly as they are, let us know that, too.


Robert A. Fiore August 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Even if they are sold why does the format or staff have to be changed? Does Yale need some money?
Milford Historical Society August 13, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I used to be an engineer with WYBC in the 80s. It was a combination Yale / community group not owned by Yale. Their studio is no longer located in a Yale building.
Michael Brown August 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
"Adele 24/7." That's a scary thought.
arkay August 13, 2012 at 03:56 PM
How about 99.1 keeps playing classic rock, but plays modern rock that doesn't blow. Those stations have been playing the same tired, Grunge-inspired Creed-ripoff bullcrap for years. There are plenty of popular, modern acts that share more of a creative aesthetic with the classics and don't sound like complete doo-doo. I'm talking about Wilco, Jack White, The Raconteurs, Arcade Fire, Iron & Wine, Radiohead, MGMT (as mentioned), Vampire Weekend, Ryan Adams, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, etc. The fact they don't get any play on a station that promises classic and "modern" rock is absurd.
roman skolozdra August 13, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I can remember when 99.9 was a classical music stataion and one of the very first I hope they remain on the air maybe as new age music or a soft jazz station
Ralph Aliberti August 13, 2012 at 04:43 PM
how about a oldies station there isn't one within the listening area and why not!
Amy August 13, 2012 at 04:56 PM
PLR was better when the djs had the freedom to play what they wanted.Now everything is on a rotating "playlist" so we hear the same songs over and over. If they want to compete with satellite and internet radio they have to go back to choosing songs from a wide library and taking requests. Compared to star 99, the old ezn was better! It would be nice to have a classical station to put on my son's radio when he's going to sleep.
John Pasnau August 13, 2012 at 05:01 PM
RIP over air free radio. Time to join the buggy whips and 8 track tapes in the stuff that is no longer in great enough demand to be a viable business section of the historical record.
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I can understand that radio stations are for sale. Most businesses are put on the block including professional sports teams. If these businesses can show a fine return on investment then their base of operation doesn't matter except for local jobs. I worked at my University radio station as an engineer while a physics major back over 50 years ago.
Ryan Sartor (Editor) August 13, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Kim Henderson-Gravel: "Hopefully these radio stations stay on the air!!" Piero Lo Strappo: "With New Ownership May WPLR Will Play Songs From This Century. To Many Classic Stations In CT." Alisa Franz White: "The group that owns WMRQ/Radio 104 should buy them. They've done a great job with that station." - Comments left on the Milford Patch Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MilfordCTPatch
Ryan Sartor (Editor) August 13, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Hi Robert, Cox Media Group's Kristin Okesson does not believe the formats will change, writing: "These stations are tremendously successful and are heritage brands in the market. I would not expect any future buyer to make any major changes to what is already a powerhouse radio group in Connecticut."
Scott B. Barnett August 13, 2012 at 08:01 PM
how about the "mighty 'PLR" drop the fossil rock genre and move into the 21st century?
C.S. August 13, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I could not agree more, adding that a little metal wouldn't hurt either.
C.S. August 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Do you hear that PLR? No more of the same played out in the 70's "classic" rock, if y ou need a clue just give a listen to Deep Tracks, or classic rewind on satellite. Oh, and let Chaz and AJ talk more, forget the 5 minute talk then lame song then more talk format. Let the flow. Once they go off the air I check out.
Mark Hannon August 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM
I get my news from NPR and my music from WPKN and a variety of internet radio stations. There is good new music being written and performed by some great bands who will never be heard on any of Cox's stations. People have a lot of choices of what to listen to. If any of Cox's stations changed formats or went off the air, it might be weeks before I noticed.
Jodi August 14, 2012 at 06:14 PM
102.9
L. Kay August 14, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I agree with CS---- Chaz, AJ and Megan are great! If they go, I go, too. It's nice to wake up in the morning with a little humor. As far as the music, same old songs played--everyone might as well listen to their own iPods. After 10:00 am, I'm gone! Personally, I would love some oldies, but also some new stuff.
Concerned Parent August 14, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I would suggest that some people just relax...PLR has a good format and considering their ratings performance, I would not see any issue with a new owner changing it dramatically. Unless of course it's purchased by the Westboro Baptist Church..
Michelle Douglas August 21, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Me too! I still have my "NO DEE, NO MEE" T-shirt and haven't listened to 104.1 since they got rid of Dee Snider. Chaz & AJ are really the only thing I listen to on PLR anymore. I like the other DJs, but the music is always the same. Not that it all sucks, but SOME new stuff, SOME heavier stuff...would be nice. Ditch the rotation! ~The Dog Lady
Concerned Parent August 21, 2012 at 05:13 PM
There's always WRKI...

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