Veteran broadcaster Eddie Edwards Sr. has withdrawn his Federal Communications Commission application to purchase 660 AM WPYT Radio due to an unforeseen health issue.
Edwards’ son and attorney Eddie Edwards Jr. said he wanted to keep his father’s medical condition as private as possible, saying only that his father was hospitalized last week in Cleveland, but is now in Pittsburgh under the care of his own doctor.
Edwards announced the purchase Oct. 5 saying he came out of retirement because there is an urgent need for a Black news/talk radio outlet in Pittsburgh following the sale of WAMO. Edwards also announced plans for building a $1 million studio and adding an FM component to the station. None of that will be happening now. However, he may reapply in the future if his health allows.
“My father is stable and that’s what’s important to me,” he said. “But the application is terminated until we have a clear understanding of what his condition is. These proceedings would just continue unless we withdrew, and we couldn’t have the license approved and then have no one to operate the property. I can’t do it, I’m a lawyer. He’s the principal and without him, it can’t work.”
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