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'The Wave' buys four Bangor radio stations

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BAR HARBOR 93.7 FM 'The Wave,' Maine's fastest-growing radio station, continued its rapid expansion this week when the Federal Communications Commission approved the purchase of legendary Bangor radio station WGUY 94.1 FM, as well as WGUY 1230 AM, WNZS 1340 AM, and WWNZ 1400 AM.

93.7 FM The Wave now also broadcasts its programming in the Bangor market on WGUY 94.1 FM, as well as on 1230 AM. The change has more than doubled the station's audience reach, and furthers The Wave's position as a major presence in the Bangor community. Charles B. (Chuck) Begin, owner of The Wave, said the focus will remain on local news and weather, community events, public service and marketing partnerships with businesses in the area. Listeners will also hear national and international news, courtesy of the station's exclusive affiliation with ABC News.

The newly-acquired stations had been under the ownership of Dan and Jocelynn Priestley of Bangor, longtime friends and colleagues of Mr. Begin. After Dan's passing last fall, Jocelynn expressed gratitude that the stations were being purchased by an independent, local person.

'We've known Chuck for years, and I know he will put a lot of passion and detail into the stations that Dan loved so very dearly,' said Jocelynn. 'Chuck was born and raised in Maine, and he understands the Downeast and Bangor markets so much better than the big radio corporations which, frankly, don't 'get' our local Maine culture. I'm quite confident that the stations will continue to thrive in such excellent hands.'

Broadcasting from state-of-the-art studios in Bar Harbor and Bangor - and serving Bar Harbor, Ellsworth and all of the communities of Downeast Maine and Bangor The Wave plays a mix of music from yesterday and today that's specially-customized to appeal to adult listeners in the area.

Recently, The Wave was honored with eleven prestigious awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters. Awards included First Place for Local Newscast, First Place for Public Service Sponsored Radio, First Place for Spot News and First Place for Self-Promotion for the station's wildly-popular 'Taste of Summer Ice Cream' promotion with Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium in Bar Harbor. The Wave was also honored with the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce 'Rising Star Award,' for marked growth and prominence in the business community.

'It's been an absolutely incredible year for The Wave!' said Chuck Begin. 'I'm so very thankful for our great team, and now our radio family continues to grow. This is incredibly exciting, and I'm thrilled about our expansion into Bangor, especially since we're keeping these stations Maine owned and locally operated. I'm also thrilled about all the partnerships we're forming with local businesses.'

Begin, who's originally from Waterville, is well-known in the broadcasting field. He pursued radio through high school, and actually worked at WGUY when he was a teenager. Begin later worked for radio stations in the Baltimore and D.C. markets and became a television weather personality in Washington, D.C. However, no matter where his career took him, Begin always dreamed of returning to Maine to own his own radio station. Now, he owns five stations in the Pine Tree State.

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