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FCC assigns local radio broadcast license to new group

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the re-assignment of the WYSO radio station broadcast license from Antioch College to an independent group, a key step in the station’s movement away from college control.

The step represents not a new license but an assignment. The assignment was from Antioch College to Miami Valley Public Media, according to an FCC record.

According to an FCC database, the license was assigned late last week. It could be found in a search of the FCC web site Thursday morning.

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Miami Valley Public Media Inc. was established by Antioch College to transfer control of WYSO to the Miami Valley community, a message from the college said Thursday.

In January, leaders of Antioch College announced that they wanted to assign WYSO’s FCC public radio broadcast license to a new independent group, selling a radio station the college had owned since 1958. A fund-raising push was announced at the time.

Control of the station was to go to a newly formed non-profit 501(c)3 organization with its own independent board, the college said in January. The move depended on FCC approval of the assignment.

This was a change that had long been intended, Tom Manley, Antioch president, told the Dayton Daily News earlier this year.

The transition would free the college to focus on its core educational mission and free the station to embark on a new era of independence.

“The intention was always, when it was ready, that the radio station would be put in the community’s hands,” Manley said.

The Yellow Springs station plans to maintain its long-standing community resource board of advisers and the station’s relationship with the college.

The college expected to receive $3.5 million as partial reimbursement for its decades of investment in the station, Antioch said in January.

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