Radio station WWHP sold; format to change

Radio station WWHP sold; format to change

FARMER CITY — Farmer City's WWHP radio station has been sold to Smash Hit Media, Inc. for $475,000.

"Lonesome" Larry Williams, the DJ and owner of the station since 1996, said shareholders were given a fair offer from Smash Hit Media, which had been leasing the station, and the group decided the time was right to sell.

The programming for WWHP will be changing, but Williams plans to start an Internet radio station with the same country, blues, bluegrass, gospel and assorted music selection that he played at 98.3 on the FM dial. The long-time DJ said the new station will air from an old LeRoy church he previously purchased.

Williams said he will get to keep the name "The Whip," as it is closely identifiable to his radio persona. He said the station broadcasting from Farmer City will go in a new direction and format, but he isn't sure what it will play.

Smash Hit Media also owns stations in Hoopeston and Paxton.


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jdmac44 wrote on August 12, 2014 at 8:08 am

Glad that he'll still have a presence online, I could barely ever get their signal in town anyway.

danrice56 wrote on August 14, 2014 at 9:08 am

Probably change to another bland, mainstream top 40 ad heavy station.