The Franklin College campus radio station will soon be under new ownership, the school announced Wednesday. The college says that, pending Federal Communications Commission approval, WFCI-FM 89.5 will be sold to Inter Mirifica Inc., an Indianapolis-based nonprofit, which does business as Catholic Radio Indy.
WFCI will operate as a Christian station once the sale is approved. Franklin says WFCI will remain on the air during the transition by providing a public broadcast.
Franklin College President Kerry Prather said the station has recently been used to broadcast college sporting events and provide public broadcasting through a partnership with WFYI in Indianapolis.
“Now our sporting events are broadcast via live digital streaming as part of our sports communication major, which also makes them accessible to our alumni across the country,” Prather said. “Furthermore, with public broadcasting now reaching the county directly from WFYI, we realized that continuing the radio station had become redundant.”
Subject to FCC approval, the sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter.
Franklin College is the latest college in Indiana to sell its radio station.
In February, Purdue University signed an agreement to transfer control of its WBAA AM and FM licenses to Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Media. In 2019, the University of Evansville completed the sale of its station to the national non-profit broadcasting network WAY-FM.