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Pittsburgh public radio station format changing

on June 30, 2011 3:00 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The format of Pittsburgh's first public radio station is changing, even as the Federal Communications Commission reviews the pending sale of WDUQ-FM.

Duquesne University has owned the 90.5 FM frequency since 1949, which it is selling for $6 million to Essential Public Media, a joint venture between WYEP, a 37-year-old independent public radio station, and Public Media Company, a nonprofit created by Public Radio Capital.

The private, Catholic university is selling the station because it can no longer afford to subsidize it for about $500,000 annually.

The station's format officially changes at 11 p.m. Thursday.

The station will cut back from 100 hours of jazz programming it offered weekly, to about six hours — a change that has upset many listeners. The station will have primarily a news format and continue to carry programming from National Public Radio.

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