While there were no major developments over the holidays in the pending sale of KFUO (99.1 FM), there have been more documents filed in the past couple of weeks, and the Post-Dispatch's Sarah Bryan Miller has continued to follow the story. Here's a summary of recent news:
In a blog post headlined "KFUO/LCMS: The Concordia Seminary faculty is not pleased," Miller wrote of a letter from the faculty of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s Concordia Seminary in Clayton, where KFUO has its studios, stating that they have nothing to do with the decision to sell.
In another post titled "News story: “KFUO battle continues”," Miller reported the LCMS' response to petitions challenging the sale, including news on the fundraising efforts of prospective buyer Gateway Creative Broadcasting.
A follow-up story covered the response from the lawyers for those that want to preserve KFUO's classical music format, the Radio Arts Foundation and the Committee to Save KFUO-FM. They claim that Gateway did not have funding, as required by the FCC and as they said they did, when the application was made. The response also questioned whether the LCMS' effort to sell the station was consistent with FCC rules prohibiting discrimination, and included statements from leaders of nine local arts organizations opposing the sale. Miller added more details in a subesquent blog post.
In addition to being the St. Louis area's only radio station featuring classical music, KFUO also is home to Don Wolff's long-running program "I Love Jazz," which airs on Friday nights.