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Posted at 1:42 PM ET, 01/19/2011

WTOP, other Bonneville stations sold

By Washington Post editors

WTOP radio in the District has been sold to a Minnesota-based broadcasting company.

Deseret Management Corporation, a for-profit arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has agreed to sell its Bonneville International radio stations, including WTOP and stations in Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati to Hubbard Broadcasting Inc. for $505 million.

DMC will retain its Bonneville stations in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle and Salt Lake City.

WTOP, the Washington area's most popular radio station, will remain an all-news station, according to reporter Paul Farhi.

By Washington Post editors  | January 19, 2011; 1:42 PM ET
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Good!! Now they can get back to real news! Been too much of a conservative Republican agenda flavor to their news coverage in recent years.

Posted by: Clintonite44 | January 19, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Clintonite, I've listened to WTOP since the '80s, and I don't note a detectable bias of any significance of theirs. My hope is that the station remains the same, and doesn't slant its coverage one way or the other.

Posted by: Potomac50 | January 19, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Potomac50 -- Are you nuts? Chris Core defending George W. Bush? Cal Thomas' screed? Chris Wallace acting like anything but an adult? "Core Values"?

How about those Mormon commercials after midnight? "If you want information on how to strengthen your family ...." It's simple what the solutions are -- no caffeine and many wives! That's the ticket!

Or Dmitri Sotis voicing over those Smooth Operator commercials -- "YOU WILL BE ARRESTED!" Sounds like a human Dalek, the bama.

Posted by: bs2004 | January 19, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Hubbard owns KSTP in Minneapolis. They don't look as if they are a Clear Channel clone. However, I wonder if they intend to close down WFED or reduce power so KSTP has an East Coast audience?

Posted by: GABinOdenton | January 19, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

This is a good deal. It casts the mormons out of broadcasting in our area. Let them spew their filth elsewhere.

Posted by: mortified469 | January 19, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Best news I've heard all day.

Posted by: DaveinSilverSpring | January 19, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

After ruining and then killing off WGMS, and turning WTOP into "NPR on caffeine" (their words), I say good riddance. Let us hope for better from Hubbard.

Posted by: jwfuller | January 19, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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