Judge reduces ex-radio station owner's sentence

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A Lackawanna County, PA (Scranton) judge has resentenced former radio station owner Doug Lane to be 8 to 16 years in prison. He had been sentenced to 14 to 30 years in state prison following his 2005 conviction on child molestation charges. Until that time, Lane owned WWDL-FM (now Classic Hits WWRR), WICK-AM and WYCK-AM (Now all-sports “The Game”) in the market. Bold Gold Media owns the stations now.


Reports say some of the alleged sexual contact happened at his stations, and he was convicted on two counts of deviate sexual intercourse and six counts of possession of child pornography. Lane reportedly molested several teenage boys after befriending them, offering them jobs working at his stations and having them help him with his hot-air balloon hobby. Lane also took the boys on trips and gave them alcohol.

The Scranton Times-Tribune says Lane was re-sentenced after entering a plea of guilty and withdrawing his claim of innocence. Lane allowed his three broadcast licenses to be transferred, instead of being surrendered to the FCC. The proceeds were put into a fund to benefit Lane’s alleged victims and local child abuse centers.


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