In a what is unfortunately becoming a rare circumstance in this industry, there have been two occurrences this week of stations with different owners coming together to assist each other.
In Seattle, five non-commercial stations are joining forces on Thursday, December 19 for Public Radio Day. NPR News/Talk 88.5 KPLU, Dance “C89.5” KNHC, Alternative 90.3 KEXP, Community 91.3 KBCS, and Classical 98.1 KING are teaming together to donate a winter care pack to the United Way for every donation of $120 or more to any of the five station.
In Wisconsin, given just two weeks by the FCC to get his Construction Permit for 98.9 WEMP Two Rivers before it expired, Mark Heller got a boost from what may soon be his in-market rival. Seehafer Broadcasting’s “Lake 98.1” WLKN Cleveland signed off for a day in order to allow WEMP to use its transmitter and studios.
Heller was at the helm of WEMP for 24 hours with Beautiful Music; just long enough to reach the requirements necessary for the station to be granted its license before the CP would expire. Heller now has the ability to file for an STA while building his station’s own studios.