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March 2, 2011

Forever seeks FCC approval to acquire Cool

— Forever Broadcasting Inc. wants the Federal Communications Commission to approve its purchase of Cool 101.7.

Cool, an oldies station, is being put on the market by owner Nick Galli, a Pittsburgh lawyer.

Galli did not return a call for comment Wednesday.

Carol Logan, president of Hollidaysburg-based Forever, said her company came to Johnstown in 1998 and has created jobs.

“We’ve done much to improve the quality of Johnstown radio,” she said.

Terry Deitz, general manager of Forever’s Johnstown stations, said a takeover of 101.7 would provide the company with an opportunity to provide higher-quality commercials.

Forever currently owns FM stations 96 Key, Rocky 99, Froggy 95, Hot 92 and AM news talk stations WNTJ 1490/WNTW 990.

If the FCC agrees to the Cool sale, the Johnstown market would have two stations that aren’t owned by Forever Broadcasting: The Edge at 850 AM, a talk station; and WCRO, 1230 AM, offering “The music of your life.”

Logan said she doesn’t anticipate any changes in Cool’s oldies format if the acquisition is completed.

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