EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Individuals, who nonetheless take heed to terrestrial radio, usually present nice loyalty to the stations they stroll to and from their work or when they’re seated at work.
Gary Fisher, 72, purchased his first radio station, WAYV-FM 95.1 and began Fairness Communications in 1996. Over the previous 25 years, Fisher has additionally bought WZXL-FM 100.7, WTTH-FM 96.1, WZBZ -FM 99.3 and the basic oldies station WMID-FM 93.1 and WMID-AM 1340 in Atlantic Metropolis, which concurrently airs as WCMC-AM 1230 in Cape Might.
Fisher, an Atlantic Metropolis resident, is an anomaly as a result of most radio stations are both owned or privately owned, sometimes not owned by the identical particular person for many years. Fairness is at present the state’s largest native media firm.
“Individuals referred to as us a really robust David towards a bunch of Goliaths,” mentioned Fisher, who competes with City Sq. Media and the Beasley Media Group, amongst others.
Fisher saved these stations and survived September 11, the Nice Recession, the Atlantic Metropolis on line casino closures, Hurricane Sandy, and the newest catastrophe, the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have been by means of this (COVID) OK largely due to the workers who’ve saved the enterprise operating for the previous 25 years and due to streaming, which at one level was seen as an existential menace to radio, and he turned Our Savior. All people bought off the roads and was taking part in audio and radio of their properties, “mentioned Fisher.