February 22, 1998
"The Beat" Goes On
BEAT RADIO ON CBC
That's what has happened in Minneapolis, where former pirate station "Beat Radio" (97.7 FM) – removed from the ether by the FCC in 1996 – has returned to the airwaves via the former Childrens Broadcasting Corporation "Radio AAHS" stations.
Broadcasting a dance music format for twelve hours daily (6 p.m.-6 a.m. Central), Beat Radio had originally been on the air, unlicensed, for only 103 days before the FCC seized its equipment in November 1996. It returned to the air on community station KFAI (90.3/106.7 FM) for three hours a week a year later.
While Beat Radio enjoys its revival, CBC continues to seek buyers for the fourteen stations it still owns and operates. CBC chairman Christopher Dahl announced on February 19 that agreements to sell seven of the stations to three different owners had been reached, with potential buyers for the remaining seven stations waiting in the wings.
An announcement identifying the buyers is expected by mid-March.
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