The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has entered into an agreement with Mercyhurst University to acquire its noncommercial radio station WMCE 88.5 FM, subject to regulatory approval from the Federal Communications Commission.
LECOM and Mercyhurst University executed a Public Service Operating Agreement on Feb. 27, 2018, whereby LECOM will program the station beginning Thursday, March 1, until the sale has been completed, which is estimated to take approximately four months.
LECOM officials said it is their intention to preserve the Oldies format that highlights the classic hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s. In addition, many familiar radio personalities of the past will return to the airways, among them Captain Dan Geary, Commander Bill Hale, Johnny Holiday, also known as Bob Bach, and Terri Bowen of the Breakfast Club days. Further, LECOM will feature its multifaceted health and educational system by airing numerous aspects of LECOM Health.
The sale follows a yearlong analysis by Mercyhurst University of options for converting WMCE to a student-run radio station. During that time, the university determined that its students’ academic and career interests are geared more toward emerging digital technologies like podcasting.
At that point, Mercyhurst officials agreed to convey its radio station to LECOM, thereby allowing the university to direct funds toward academic programs more consistent with students’ interests. The acquisition also enabled Mercyhurst to honor its intention to keep the Oldies in Erie.
Mercyhurst thanks the Erie community for its patronage of WMCE these past 25 years and welcomes LECOM with every confidence that it will manage this community asset with pride and dedication.