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Princeton, KY Radio station to sign off


Radio station 104.9 WAVJ FM and 1580 WPKY AM in Princeton, Kentucky will stop broadcasting at the end of the month.

Operations manager Caroline Garcia made that announcement this morning to the staff. 

WAVJ produced local news, weather and sports for Princeton and Caldwell County. 

They also broadcast local church services on Sunday.

Caldwell County Athletic Director, Coach David Barnes says this will be the first time many years that the schools sports programs have not been available over the air.

He was not sure how the district would handle broadcasting the games in the future. 

First Baptist Church, which broadcast Sunday services, had not been notified that this Sunday would be their last broadcast.

Commonwealth Broadcasting which owns the station will have a representative in town to talk with local advertisers next week. 

Caroline Garcia was not able to provide any details of the shutdown.

WPKY AM usually broadcast ESPN radio but on Friday was simulcasting the FM signal according to listeners.

The stations signed on the air as WPKY AM on March 15, 1950 with Leslie Goodaker as the founder. WPKY FM went on the air April 1st, 1969.  The station began broadcasting the Caldwell County Tiger football games in 1957.  The games were recorded and the recording was played on WPKY-AM. Some basketball games were also aired the same way that year.  After the FM station went on the air the games were broadcast live. 

The station stayed under Goodaker family management until November 17, 1993 when Goodaker and nephew-in-law Twyman Boren sold the station to the Glass family.

The station was later sold to Commonwealth Broadcasting of Glasgow, Kentucky. 

Several notable journalists got their start at the station including Al Tompkins, of the Poynter Institute, and Mandy Murphey of KTVI in St. Louis.  At least 18 of the former employees, who were often students at Caldwell County High School, went on to major in radio and television at Murray State University. Three went on to become radio station managers. While others become teachers, doctors, attorneys, mayors and a congressman.

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