KINY, KSUP sale pending

Owners Dennis Egan and Charlie Gray say they will stay in Juneau

Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Dennis Egan and Charlie Gray may be selling their radio stations, but they plan to stick around KINY and KSUP for the time being.

David Sheakley / Juneau Empire
David Sheakley / Juneau Empire

"Neither of us are going anywhere," said Egan, station manager.

KINY's news, directed by Pete Carran, will also keep airing under the new ownership, Egan said.

Word of the pending sale came out at a Juneau Rotary Club meeting two weeks ago. Richard Burns of Taku 105 announced they had applied to the Federal Communications Commission to transfer the station's license from Egan's company, Alaska-Juneau Communications Inc., to his own, Juneau Alaska Communications LLC.

Burns did not respond to requests for an interview.

KINY and KSUP are going for $1.43 million, according to public records.

The sale depends on FCC approval of the license transfer. No company can own more than 50 percent of the stations in a market.

Burns' company is owned by Alaska Broadcast Communications Inc., which is registered to Roy, Jill and Jason Paschal of Juneau.

Asked why he was giving up the stations, Egan said, "I've been here a long, long time."

He's worked at the radio station off and on since he was in high school, he said.

Chief engineer Charlie Gray is 87, and he last climbed the 290-foot radio tower last week.

"That won't last forever," Egan said.

KINY airs at 800 AM and 107.9 FM in Juneau, 103.9 in Angoon and Hoonah, and 104.7 FM in Skagway. KSUP airs at 106.3 FM.

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