WPAY-AM 1400 will conclude nearly 80 years of radio broadcasting in the Portsmouth community as the station draws silent Friday afternoon. The AM station was not included in the WNKU deal to purchase the WPAY-FM station's license and property earlier this year, but WPAY station President Doug Braden said they can't operate the AM-side without a staff which was lost in the FM purchase. Braden said the WPAY-AM radio station began in Mt. Orab. The station moved to Portsmouth in about 1936, and was instrumental in covering the historic 1937 flood. On Friday, however, the radio will go silent as the AM station concludes its broadcasting and leaves the air at 2 p.m. Braden said he has enjoyed being a part of the Portsmouth community, and explained that this move is an entirely financial decision. "We have appreciated the support that the community has given us these many years. We are very grateful for all the support we have had. It's just not feasible to continue," he said.
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235, or firstname.lastname@example.org.