NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Two black-owned radio stations that broadcast in southwest Mississippi and central Louisiana are in the process of being sold to another African American businessperson.
Diana Nutter of Natchez is one of the current owners of WMIS-1240 AM and WTYJ-97.7 FM. She told the Natchez Democrat that her family has a nearly 80-year history of being the voice of the black community in the area. She said the stations are most widely used to broadcast local announcements and gospel and R&B music.
Nutter said she hopes to leave a legacy that will continue under new management after the sale of the radio stations is complete.
The buyer is Gregory Adams, a military veteran who has owned the Wilk-Amite Record newspaper since 2014.
“I am definitely excited and looking forward to working with the entire community,” Adams said.
The buyout of the Natchez-based stations awaits approval of the Federal Communications Commission, which is a 90-day process with a little more than 40 days left, Adams said.
Nutter said her father, P.K. Ewing Jr., and grandfather, P.K. Ewing Sr., went live on the air with WMIS in May 1941 and had stations in four Mississippi cities — Gulfport, Vicksburg, Jackson and Greenwood.
Diana and Jim Nutter later bought WTYJ when it was off the air and brought it back in September 1986.
“The business has been in my family since it was built,” Nutter said. “I’ve worked other jobs but ended up right back here. Now I’m 81 and still work every day. … I plan on staying and working part-time.”