Talk radio leader, WGAN, also broadcasting on FM dial

WGAN, whose AM station is tops in talk radio in the Portland market, is now also broadcasting on 105.5 FM.

The FM station will carry the same content as the station’s longtime 560 AM signal, according to Bob Adams, general manager of Saga Communications, the station’s parent company.

“The more ways you can deliver content to listeners, the more people you can reach,” said Adams.

The FM signal, which will reach north to Freeport, west to Windham and south to about Kennebunkport, has other advantages, he said. The sound quality can be richer, and the FM signal is better at penetrating buildings, Adams said.

There is also a recent trend of more talk-radio programs, traditionally found on the AM dial, moving to FM, which has been dominated by music, he said.

Adams said the Federal Communications Commission approved the license for 105.5 FM on May 14. It was an unused and available signal held by another broadcasting company, and the acquisition was a deal between the Michigan-based Saga Communications and that company, Adams said.

Sony to make PlayStations and games for sale in China

Sony is joining forces with a state-owned Chinese company to make and sell PlayStations and games in China after the country dropped a longstanding ban on video game consoles.

In a filing Monday with the Shanghai stock exchange, Shanghai Oriental Pearl (Group) Co. said it signed a deal with the Japanese electronics giant.

Under the agreement, Sony Corp. and Oriental Pearl will set up two joint venture companies in Shanghai’s new free trade zone. Sony will have a 49 percent stake in one company and a 70 percent stake in the other.

Sony and rival Microsoft are scrambling to enter the market after Beijing in January ended the ban on game consoles.

In April, Microsoft said it was partnering with BesTV New Media to sell Xbox One in China.

— From staff and news services