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Coalition of Public Radio Stations Acquire Remains of Gothamist and DNAinfo

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Hands of People Holding Subway Pole via Richard Yeh / WNYC

Local radio stations from New York, California, and Washington D.C. have banded together to buy the assets of Gothamist and DNAinfo after the sites were closed late last year.

WNYC, KPCC, and WAMU bought the archives of Gothamist, DNAinfo, LAist, and DCist in a deal with the billionaire founder of DNAinfo, Joe Ricketts, using "generous philanthropic donations from two anonymous donors" to fund the majority of the undisclosed sale price.

While the deal includes the assets, archives, and social media accounts of all the former companies, WNYC only intends to revive Gothamist but will keep the DNAinfo archives online.

Speaking with the New York Times, Jim Schachter of WNYC said they plan to imitate the irreverent style of the old Gothamist and publish new content on the old site, bringing aboard founders Jake Dobkin and Jen Chung along with "a number of other Gothamist editors" to take part in the new collaboration.

A message posted at gothamist.com announces the acquisition and directs visitors to sign up to be notified of updates and to donate to WNYC.


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