Industry News Bits 6-19-18
CCM station WERF LP/Gainsville (Next FM) at 105.7 has flipped to mainstream Top 40. WERF debuted as Christian CHR Jan 2nd this year. targeting the 18 to 34 demo of students at the University Florida. NEXT FM continues on line at https://www.thenextfm.com/. Regarding dropping the Christian CCM format owner Whiplash Media’s Chris Lash tells HisAir.Net, “The station wasn’t growing an audience fast enough, and we were given an opportunity for a new secular CHR, that I’m very impressed with, including the people involved.” Chris says he’s looking for the next market for “NEXT FM.
EMF’s WKLV/New York (K-LOVE) has added an HD2 channel. Air1 is now available on 96.7-HD2.
WKNZ/Harrington/Dover (The Bridge) flipped the switch on its brand new state of the art broadcast transmitter last week.
“Our used tube transmitter has been showing its age”, said Bridge manager Bill Sammons. “The last time it went off the air, our engineers repaired it by using parts from two bad components and making one good one, but it was obvious that we couldn’t do that for long.”
The new Nautel transmitter project cost nearly $95,000 with 100% of the funds being provided by over 350 Bridge supporters, so when the new unit was turned on yesterday by Bridge listener Terri Engish, it was fully paid for. The new transmitter is Solid State and is expected to reduce the stations electric power by 50%. The older transmitter will now be maintained and used exclusively as an emergency back up unit.
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