Conservative radio host Thayrone and business partner acquire WAAM 1600
The firm, Ann Arbor-based Coolarity A2 LLC, is purchasing WAAM from Dallas, Texas-based Ann Arbor First Ventures LP. The Federal Communications Commission has to approve the deal before it's finalized.
Linda Hughes, Coolarity's president, has served as WAAM's general manager since 2008. Thayrone hosts WAAM's "On The Edge With Thayrone," which airs weekdays from 4-6 p.m.
WAAM's syndicated programming includes conservatives Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham and Michael Savage. WAAM's ratings ranked the station as the 19th most popular radio station among Ann Arbor listeners in fall 2010, according to Arbitron.
"Ownership of WAAM is an exciting next step for me personally and for the station," Linda Hughes said in a statement. "I am proud of the show lineup and features we've been able to bring to WAAM and I am thrilled about the future possibilities for WAAM to better serve our local communities and local advertisers."
She said she plans to pursue "new show partnerships with a local focus" and suggested that the company's advertisers would "benefit from local ownership with no corporate involvement, which can sometimes restrict pricing and creative advertising promotions."