San Diego’s The Mighty 1090 remains off-air during a dispute between its owner and operator, with no possibility of returning until lease payments are current.
The Mighty 1090 is operated by Broadcast Company of the Americas while the transmitter is leased from Andres Bichara, who is based in Mexico. Bichara spent time Thursday responding to tweets questioning why the San Diego sports radio station came to an abrupt halt on Wednesday.
Mike Glickenhaus, president of Broadcast Company of the Americas declined to comment when approached by The San Diego Union-Tribune. Bichara, however, stated “Communications have been ongoing with (BCA). If they do not pay I cannot continue giving them the station for free. As far as I know, they are trying to find a solution but they haven’t had one.”
According to Bichara, he’s had a relationship with Broadcast Company of the Americas for 15 years with late payments becoming a more frequent occurrence in the last three years.
“The rent was lowered last year and we are not selling the station. BCA hasn’t paid their fees since 4 months ago!” Bichara tweeted.
While afternoon host Scott Kaplan requested time from BCA and Bichara to explore the viability of reviving 1090, ownership doesn’t appear to have interest in allowing the station to make an on-air return in the interim. Since going dark, 1090’s weekday lineup has continued to serve the San Diego audience by offering their shows on the station app and website.