WGXC-90.7 FM

WGXC closing Catskill Community Center studio

Jun 14, 2014 12:03 am
WGXC and the Catskill Community Center are ending their three-year relationship as tenant and landlord, effective Aug. 31. One of three WGXC studios (the others are in Acra and Hudson) has been located in the front window of the Community Center since the station went on air in 2011, and the first web broadcast derived from there in 2009. WGXC's lease with the Catskill Community Center was established on July 1, 2011 and included automatic renewals for five successive 12-month periods, which means the lease extended to June 2017. In April of this year, the Center approached WGXC to renegotiate several of the terms of the lease. This was within their rights under the current agreement. The Center outlined several items, one of which shifted the rental terms from an underwriting trade plus utilities, to a proposed cash payment and a 200 percent increase in the utilities fee. After significant effort to work through many of the items, it became clear the financial pieces were not negotiable for either side. The Center recently experienced a funding cut and was looking for additional revenue, and WGXC's budget simply could not accommodate these new terms. Thus, WGXC agreed to terminate the lease Aug. 31, 2014. Then, this week, a press release written and distributed by the Community Center surfaced. That press release misrepresented these events to a staggering degree. The release, which included statements represented to be those of WGXC, was issued without the knowledge or participation of the station. No WGXC staff member made any statements for that press release. Prompted by receipt of that press release, The Daily Mail interviewed WGXC Station Manager Lynn Sloneker and Catskill-based programmer Harry Matthews, and ran a story June 13. WGXC is now looking to convert its radio equipment currently in use at the community center into a mobile unit able to broadcast from Athens, Greenville, Coxsackie, and other towns within the listening area.
Wave Farm / WGXC Acra Contact Info
Mailing: PO Box 13 Acra, NY 12405
Main Office / Acra Studio
(518) 622-2598
WGXC Office
(518) 697-7400
WGXC Hudson Studio
(518) 828-0290
WGXC Feedback
(518) 212-7509 feedback@wgxc.org
Wave Farm / WGXC Acra Studio: 5662 Route 23 Acra, NY 12405
WGXC Hudson Studio: 369 Warren St. Hudson, NY 12534