SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The license to operate AM 1490, WSTP, is now officially in the hands of 2B Productions, the group headed by Salisbury attorney Bill Graham that represents the Catawba College Foundation.
The FCC document acknowledging the transfer is dated March 10, 2015, and states that the licensee has changed from Tim Coates and Rowan Media to 2B Productions.
WSTP and WSAT were both purchased by 2B Productions and will be used as a real world training ground for students at Catawba College.
WSAT general manager and morning show host Buddy Poole is overseeing the transition.
WSTP is moving its studios from Statesville Boulevard to the WSAT building on Jake Alexander Boulevard.
WSTP stopped regularly scheduled programming last month and currently broadcasts the sound of a loud heartbeat, interrupted only by Charlotte Hornets basketball games.
Popular longtime WSTP morning show hosts Kent Bernhardt and Howard Platt have submitted a proposal to Graham for a "new Kent & Howard Show" that could be part of the WSTP broadcast day.
Graham has told WBTV that WSTP would scrap the national news/talk format in favor of more locally oriented programming.
WSAT's "Memories 1280" format has not changed greatly since the change in ownership. WSAT does broadcast Catawba College sports live on the air, and the station ID at the top of every hour mentions Salisbury as "the home of Catawba College."