WEAX To Transition To Online Only
Trine University is joining the trend of shutting down its FM signal and moving its programming to internet distribution.
Trine’s Alternative “88.3 The X” WEAX Angola IN will shut down its FM signal on July 15 as it moves to TrineRadio.com. The station will continue to feature the same music format with specialty “Epic ’80s” and “Classic College Radio” programs. The move comes with increased programming to be produced by the school’s Department of Humanities and Communication including a podcast network.
Trine University is continuing to expand its Trine Broadcasting Network offerings, with programming from WEAX 88.3 FM now enhanced and offered online as Trine Radio at trineradio.com and on popular streaming apps such as TuneIn, Streema, Deezer and Radioline.
With programming now available in a more convenient format to a wider audience, WEAX will cease terrestrial radio operations on July 15.
“Trine Radio offers the same alternative and indie rock that listeners enjoyed on WEAX, but with enhancements such as artist, title and album information as well as purchase links and a list of recently played tracks,” said Josh Hornbacher, executive producer of the Trine Broadcasting Network.
Trine Radio also will offer specials such as Epic ’80s and Classic College Radio, as well as programming produced by students in Trine’s Department of Humanities and Communication, which will expand its communications curriculum this fall.
The Audio Production Studio in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center will be will be enhanced with equipment and an environment better suited to podcast and internet radio production.
“Our hope is that students seeking to specialize in areas related to broadcasting will take advantage of expanded opportunities to produce podcasts and radio programming,” Hornbacher said.
Trine Broadcasting Network will continue to enhance its Livestream video offerings, which currently include university athletics, coaches’ shows and university events such as the Distinguished Speaker Series and Commencement. This past school year, the network livestreamed 102 events, garnering more than 62,000 views for a total of more than 1.1 million minutes viewed.
Students support the network’s operations by performing tasks from camera operations and technical direction to play-by-play and color commentary.
The network’s renovated facilities also will allow students more opportunities to produce podcasts on topics of their choice. Student podcasts will be available at trineradio.com or on apps such as Apple podcasts, Google Play, Overcast, Stitcher and Spotify.