WCBT 1230 AM of First Media Radio to be sold

From sports to gospel, soul programming

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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013 6:00 am

WELDON — A local radio station may have new ownership in a few months.

Listeners to WCBT 1230AM can look forward to gospel and “old school” tunes in the near future.

A legal notice in Friday’s The Daily Herald alerted the public that on Sept. 20 owners of the station, First Media Radio, has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for consent to assign the station’s license to Johnson Broadcast Ventures.

First Media co-owner Alex Kolobielski said it generally takes between 60 and 90 days for these kind of requests to go through the FCC.

He said at such time the application is granted, Tarboro-based Johnson Broadcast Ventures will take over the station.

Kolobielski said selling the station, which currently broadcasts sports talk format using ESPN, made good sense.

J.J. Johnson, owner of Johnson Broadcast, said he has plans for the station.

“When I buy it, I will put traditional gospel and Southern soul on it,” he said. Johnson said the music will feature segmented blocks of music by artists like Otis Redding, the Temptations and James Brown.

“It used to be called rhythm and blues years ago,” he said. “I’ve been interest in Roanoke Rapids (Weldon) a number of years. I think it’s a great city. I want to be part of the progress.”

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