By Ryan Myers
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – Camden County College officials have dropped the bid price in the sale of the college’s radio station $140,000 in the hope of finally selling the station, amid growing concerns from students and faculty.

A 91.5 WDBK sign hangs in front of the radio station in the community center. Photo by Ryan Myers, CCC Journalism Program

A 91.5 WDBK sign hangs in front of the radio station in the community center. Photo by Ryan Myers, CCC Journalism Program

It was announced last spring that Camden County College would sell the FM signal for its radio station, 91.5 WDBK. This would disable the college station from broadcasting to the public and instead it would be only an online format. The signal reaches the span of Camden County.

The college originally listed the signal on GovDeals.com for an estimated price of $250,000, receiving upward of 10,000 hits, said Jason Love, a media specialist in the business services department of the college. Love manages the college’s GovDeals.com site.

“The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) license was listed for sale on the GovDeals website. We had an appraisal done which said it was worth $290,000. The listing generated more than 10,000 hits. We then lowered the price to $250,000 and then $200,000 until finally the $150,000 price,” Love said.

The sale would be for the signal but not for the antenna and other equipment, he said. He added that two companies were interested in the sale but never came to a final agreement.

The college hopes to relist the signal for sale in early 2015, but there is no word exactly when that will be.

Students and faculty at the college have mixed feelings on the attempt to sell the signal.

Chris Passanante, the station manager, is staying positive and is confident that whatever decision is made will be the right one. “My focus is to provide real-world experience for students interested in radio broadcasting, production and promotion,” Passanante said. “The club members of WDBK band together to host events, provide important college and community information, attend seminars, share music and promote the college. By participating in the radio station, students get hands-on experience at a licensed FM radio station and build their resumes.”

Eva Thach, a disc jockey who has a weekly segment on the station, feels different from Passanante. “I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Thach said. “(Selling the station) means students who are majoring in communications won’t get the hands-on experience at the radio station. If they decided to stream it online, we might not get many listeners to listen to it online.”

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