Calvary Chapel to purchase Dillwyn’s WBNN

Published 11:59 am Thursday, February 4, 2016

Calvary Chapel in Lynchburg has purchased radio station WBNN, Big Country 105.3 in Dillwyn.

The sale is expected to take place by early March.

“They’re just going to use the frequency to expand their coverage area for their ministry,” said station general manager Greg Breeden.

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The country music radio station — the only one in Buckingham — signed on in August 2000 as WBCS.

According to Breeden, WKGM Inc. — a division of the Positive Radio Group — owned WBNN.

Breeden, who has worked at the station for 15 years, said WBNN employs three people — Breeden, Nancy McCaig and John “Jammin’ John” Staton.

WBNN FM transmits with a power of 6,000 watts, he said.

“It’s just one of those things in radio, you know. It could happen to anybody at anytime,” Breeden said.

Breeden said Calvary Chapel wouldn’t keep any of the station’s existing staff members.

According to its website, Calvary Chapel operates equip FM — 91.7 in Lynchburg and 93.9 in Roanoke.