- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2007

Columbia Union College voted yesterday to keep local Christian radio station WGTS-FM (91.9)’s broadcast license, sparing the Takoma Park station.

The college considered selling the station to raise money.

College spokesman Scott Steward declined to elaborate on the decision by the board of trustees, but said, “the board got hundreds of comments in support of the college and the radio station.”

“The leadership is committed to looking for alternative ways to strengthen the college to continue its ministry and the ministry of the radio station.”

Earlier this week, Mr. Steward told The Washington Times that the college had received 500 comments regarding the possibility of selling the station. Supporters set up the Web sites savewgts.org and savewgts.net.

He said the board’s decision was “more complicated” than just factoring all the supportive comments.

In July, the college voted to enter negotiations with the American Public Media Group, which owns Minnesota Public Radio and Southern California Public Radio, for more than $20 million.

The school had been hit by rising insurance and energy costs, as well as aging infrastructure, prompting it to consider the sale. The school had planned to use money from the sale to boost its endowment, which now totals $4 million.

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