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Larry Steckline sells Grand Lake holdings

WICHITA — Businessman Larry Steckline has sold several businesses he owns at Grand Lake in Oklahoma to the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe.

"It's a great opportunity for them," he says, "and a great opportunity for me to get rid of some work. I'm real happy about the deal."

He sold a marina, a store, two paddle-wheel show boats, a restaurant and convention center at an undisclosed price. The sale includes eight acres of land and more than 1,200 feet of shoreline.

"You know, too much is too much," Steckline says. "I want to slow down a little bit."

He now spends about four months a year in Florida.

"I'm past retirement age."

That doesn't mean Steckline, a longtime broadcaster, is giving up his KWLS, 107.9-FM here.

"I am enjoying that radio station more than any I've ever owned," he says. "I guess maybe it's because I started it from scratch."

Though it's a long way from reaching its potential, Steckline says KWLS has grown faster than any station with which he's ever been involved.

"Boy, is it crankin'."

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