Power 92.3 Jamz off air yet again

Originally posted Thursday, February 14, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Earlier this week, R&B/hip-hop station Power 92.3 Jamz was taken off the FM dial again.

“We will be back,” said a man who identified himself as Larry Edwards on Thursday. Edwards has told me in the past he runs Power 92.3. Beyond, that, he declined comment why the station was dropped. 

Neil Hopper, president of Cartersville-based Christian Broadcaster Immanuel Broadcasting, which owns the 92.3 signal and leased it to Edwards, said, “They are off due to lack of payment.”

Power’s live stream on TuneIn is still alive. 
This is the second time it has been taken off air. The last time was in mid December. As a “translator” signal, Power 92.3 needs to be attached to a regular or HD signal and the last one it had used was 97.1/WSRV-FM HD3. 

The station in December had a dispute with Cox Media Group, which owns that HD channel. This led to the station temporarily being taken off the FM dial at the time. (WSRV and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution are both part of Cox Media Group.) Edwards managed to get Power back on air a few days later.

Before Power 92.3 Jamz was at 92.3, it was on the WKHX-FM HD2 channel as Jamz 101.5. 

Sean Shannon, the market manager for Cumulus Media Atlanta, said Edwards “stiffed us for $20,000 for a lease on WKHX-HD2. When we wouldn’t consider leasing him the 97.9 translator, he stopped paying us. When we pulled the plug on their Urban product on WKHX-HD2 for non-payment, their engineers did thousands of dollars in damage to the site.” 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.