Tyler, Texas radio FM stations KFRO, KLJT and KZXM have been shut down following the death of the owner, reports area television station KLTV. Workers found out when they arrived at the station Monday.
A post on the station’s Facebook page states some 15+ employees found out they were terminated when they showed up for work and found out the locks had been changed and the owner’s daughter had called police.
Station employees had conducted a remote for charity over the weekend, they said on a Facebook post: “To our listeners, our advertisers, our charities or just our friends, although we are outraged and devastated by this injustice, what matters to us most is that you continue to support our causes, that you continue to support local artists and that you continue our mission to make East Texas a better place.”
Waller Broadcasting owner Dudley Waller died in May, according to a local obituary. He and partner Jack Ballard bought their first station KEBE and moved it to Jacksonville.
Waller had owned up to 14 stations and was also a past president of the Texas Association of Broadcasters in 1986. Dudley and his wife Dorothy were the company owners, according to FCC records.