In my post “Hope for 2011,” I observed that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorialized that it would be good if WDUQ-FM, which Duquesne University had put on the auction block, would be sold to an organization that would maintain the present news/jazz/NPR format.
Today, it appears that that hope has been fulfilled. In a brief announcement following the 2:01 PM NPR news, listeners were informed that the station has been sold for $6 million—substantially less than the university was aiming for—to Essential Public Media, a joint venture of WYEP-FM, a Pittsburgh adult alternative public radio station, and Public Media Co. (PMC).
The Post-Gazette explains that
PMC is a nonprofit organization launched by Public Radio Capital, a Boulder, Colo.-based organization that helps communities preserve public radio stations in their markets.
It appears that news, jazz, and NPR programming will remain in the WDUQ lineup. A press conference is scheduled for later today.