C-Span turns on the radio

WASHINGTON — C-Span is branching out into radio with a $13 million deal to purchase a Washington, D.C., station currently owned by the District of Columbia.

Religious broadcaster Salem Communications previously had agreed to buy station WDCU, but backed out of the deal. The outlet, dubbed Jazz 90, now has an all-jazz format.

Local jazz fans see C-Span’s agreement to buy WDCU as a positive development. “There is a big overlap between C-Span’s audience and Jazz 90’s,” said Save Jazz 90’s Dan Logan. “C-Span cares about American culture,” Logan added.

But C-Span president Brian Lamb said he plans to convert WDCU to an all public-affairs format. “We feel this is an important extension of our mission to provide public affairs through radio,” Lamb said.

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