I contacted staff at the station and Ms. Ana Rivera had this to say:
Hi, we hear your pain. We love rock, as well. The fact the The Works is not on the air at this time was not because we did not want it; it is because we were unable to come to terms with the owner of the frequency. Unfortunately, the choice is not ours. You can still listen to us online at www. 949theworks.com Appreciate your passion.I requested a little more detail from Ms. Rivera but the statement above was all I received.
I'm dumbfounded by the lack of communication from a media company. And it's strange that they would have to pay somebody ("the owner of the frequency") for the frequency. I thought radio stations payed dues to the FCC. Perhaps somebody could shed light on this matter because it sounds a bit off.