After nearly 60 years, WNPV is closing up shop

Mike Dougherty
March 06, 2020 - 12:57 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — WNPV is a community news/talk radio station that has served portions of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties for more than 50 years, but the end is near. "The Talk of the Suburbs" will be shutting down next month.

Station General Manager Phil Hunt delivered the bad news in a recorded message on WNPV's website. He said the station simply isn't making enough money to stay afloat.

"In recent years, it's become increasingly difficult to grow our audience and advertising revenues, and unfortunately, it's no longer sustainable to continue to run the business in a way that delivers the service our community expects and deserves," he said.

Hunt said he's grateful for the loyal listeners and for the talented team that worked so hard to deliver high-quality content.

"It has been an honor to serve this community," Hunt said.

The demise of WNPV isn't a surprise for Temple University media studies professor Paul Gluck. He said, sadly, it's a sign of the times.

"In a David and Goliath world, Goliath may be winning right now in media," he alluded.

WNPV will end operations on April 30.