ASHEVILLE, N.C, March 12, 2013 – Blue Ridge Broadcasting, Inc. (BRB) of Asheville, N.C., has entered an agreement with International Baptist Outreach Missions, Inc. (IBOM) of Asheville, N.C., to sell WFGW-AM, Black Mountain, N.C., pending approval of the Federal Communications Commission. The purchase price is $78,000.
This will be the second radio station for IBOM, a teaching, missions and media ministry led by Dr. J. Wendell Runion. IBOM has operated Asheville station WKJV-AM since 1996.
“Blue Ridge Broadcasting’s ministry today is built upon the legacy of Billy Graham and WFGW. As God has been growing BRB’s outreach both regionally and globally, we believe WFGW’s greatest future potential is in the care of fellow Christian communicators like Dr. Runion and the IBOM team who are committed to impacting the Asheville community with locally-based ministry,” said Jim Kirkland, executive director of BRB.
BRB owns and operates two other stations. BRB’s flagship station, 106.9 The Light (WMIT-FM), Black Mountain, N.C., serves Asheville, Charlotte, Hickory, Greenville/Spartanburg, and the Tri-Cities of Virginia and Tennessee. Purchased in 1963, 106.9 The Light has the 12th largest FM coverage area in the U.S. BRB’s other station is 106.7 The Light (WLYT), Norris, Tenn., which serves Knoxville and vicinity.
About Blue Ridge Broadcasting: Blue Ridge Broadcasting (BRB), a non-profit organization, is a listener-supported ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. BRB was founded by Billy and Ruth Graham in 1962. The organization operates from its location at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C. For more information on Blue Ridge Broadcasting’s stations 106.9 The Light and 106.7 The Light, visit www.thelightfm.org.