WUNC Public Radio LLC will acquire WFSS-FM in Fayetteville in a sale and license transfer agreement, pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission, the public radio station announced Wednesday.
The deal was approved Wednesday by the board of trustees of Fayetteville State University, which owned the station that broadcasts jazz and news from National Public Radio. WUNC’s limited liability company will pay $1.35 million to FSU for rights to broadcast on the 91.9 frequency. The deal totals $1.75 million, including underwriting announcements for FSU and two annual internships for FSU students.
WUNC will operate WFSS and air WUNC’s news-and-talk radio format. The agreement was authorized by the board of directors of WUNC Public Radio LLC, which was formed in March by the UNC Board of Trustees to take advantage of market opportunities.
FSU officials said they embarked on a sale of WFSS because of several years of budget cuts and a need to focus on campus priorities and the university’s core mission and programs. Private fundraising efforts that included annual goals to make the station self-supporting also were unsuccessful.
At the same time, WUNC has recently expanded its coverage of the military, including Fort Bragg.