According to records in the state auditor's office, when Pierpont Community and Technical College wanted to run radio spots last month promoting its express registration program, it bought airtime on West Virginia Radio station WVAQ in Morgantown and on Agnes Jane Greer Corp. station WFBY in Weston.
On both purchase orders, the account executive is both companies is Brett Hunt, and the contact person is Holly Fluharty, accounts payable supervisor for both.
The Transfer of Ownership application filed with the FCC for WCLG notes that AJG has two stockholders, each with a 50 percent ownership interest: The two are descendents' trusts for the children of John Raese and the children of David A. Raese.
Remarkably, the application states, "With consummation of the proposed acquisition of stations WCLG and WCGL-FM [sic], the assignee still would be in compliance with the commission's multiple ownership rule."
(In the Morgantown-Clarksburg market, the ownership limit is six stations, with no more than four of the same service (AM or FM). WVRC/AJG already has 5 FMs in the market.)
Meanwhile, the terms of Raese's $1.8 million contract to buy WCLG requires station owner Linda Bowers (widow of longtime station owner/manger Gary Bowers) to take one final action as WCLG owner: "All employees ... will be terminated by the seller on the commencement date."
The contract also states, "Nothing in this agreement shall obligate buyer to hire any such employees" (who won't be needed as WCLG simulcasts other WVRC/AJG programming).
The contract, dated Aug. 9 but agreed to some 10 days earlier, also bars WCLG from entering into any contracts or agreements during the period pending FCC approval of the transfer of ownership -- effectively preventing WCLG from negotiating with IMG College to be the Morgantown flagship for WVU game broadcasts.
Finally, lobbyist Paul Hardesty confirms that WVU Hospitals will not be renewing his contract when it expires at the end of the year.
Hardesty said he was advised that the hospital corporation is making a lot of spending cuts, and had decided to go back to having just one lobbyist at the statehouse (Thom Stevens).
Hardesty, who lives in Logan, said he has heard the speculation that the change was made because the residence of the House Finance chairman changed from Mingo County (Harry Keith White) to Braxton County (Brent Boggs), but doesn't believe that to be the case.
Hardesty won't be going hungry, though. He still has about 30 clients, and if Marc Harman ever retires, will probably have an entire page in the lobbyists directory to himself.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.