E-T Staff Report

A new sound greeted listeners when they tuned into Mandatory FM late Thursday afternoon.

Instead of the familiar tunes that once piped through the airwaves of 107.9 and 98.5 FM, local listeners  heard static and occasional portions of other radio broadcasts.

The radio station's future has been the center of speculation since a recent dispute between the radio station's owners Marion Cole and John and Pamela Hollinger landed them in court fighting for control of the day-to-day management of the business.

In late November, the parties entered into an agreement that placed control of the radio station's business affairs into the hands of Perry Elliot who was appointed to act as the receiver. When contacted about the station's future Thursday, Elliot said he did not want to comment.