NOVEMBER 2004 NEWSLETTER WNCW-FM | E-NEWSLETTER
Heres a great place to listen, while the American people vote,
I've found this to be as informed a station as I've come across in the
States as regards, world politics, and as good a blend of fine music as is
available on the net, as someone equally enthused by Americana music and
culture as I am frightened by the rise of American Nuevo Christian
imperialism, I wish the people of America well with their vote and encourage
them to make the right choice for themselves and an increasingly fragile
Peace, Health & Happiness
Event Management/Publicist/Tour Organiser
Music Marketing/Radio DJ/Music Fan
ELECTION DAY 2004--David Gordon, Station
WNCW will provide coverage of the 2004
Election on Tuesday, November 2. Along with our great music mix, we'll have
updates from National Public Radio at the top and bottom of each hour
starting at 9:00PM and continuing throughout the evening. Kim Clark and
James Richards will report on our local and regional results, as well. And
we'll have comprehensive online coverage from NPR and the BBC on our
website: www.wncw.org. So please VOTE! Then follow the results on the air
and online with WNCW.
CHARLOTTE TRANSLATOR UPDATE
The FCC granted our application for a minor
modification to our Charlotte translator in record time! Instead of moving
to the tower owned by the city of Charlotte, our translator will remain in
the same physical location. We have to reduce the translator's power from 38
watts to 21 watts and we will switch to a new frequency - from 100.7 to
100.3. What this all means is that we will be able to preserve about 90% of
our current coverage area; we will lose about a mile of 100.7's current
reach. CLICK HERE to see a coverage map that shows the signal's reach now as
well as after the proposed change.
You will also see what the coverage area
would have been had we moved to the city tower in Matthews. And you'll see
what the coverage area of a proposed new translator located at the Hood Road
site would look like; we have had tower space reserved at that site for some
time now. The FCC has dismissed a competing application for this frequency
that was also WNCW's, and that should clear the way for the FCC to approve
our new construction permit.
We do anticipate being off the air in
Charlotte while we install the new antenna and change frequencies, and we do
not know when that will happen or how long we will be off the air.
Hopefully, the answer to both questions is "a very short time." We will keep
you posted on our progress.
15th ANNIVERSARY DRIVE SUCCESS--Kate
Barkschat, Interim Development Director
Thanks to everyone who pledged online,
through the mail and during the on-air campaign, WNCW's Fall Fundraiser was
a great success! We raised well over $200,000, which will allow us to keep
bringing you the unique music mix (and other programs) you love hearing on
WNCW. And we'll be able to continue upgrading our transmitters and other
equipment to give you the strong, reliable service you have come to expect
from WNCW. Once again: THANK YOU!!
SPEAKING OF TRANSMITTERS...
We can't thank engineers Dennis Jones, Larry
Schropp and Jimmy Schropp enough for the hours they've spent installing and
testing WNCW's brand new transmitter atop Mt. Mitchell, which we signed on
"for real" on Saturday, October 23. Kudos to Roger Crawford for coordinating
the purchase and delivery of our new equipment, too. And we owe WMIT/Blue
Ridge Broadcasting a big shout-out because none of this could have happened
without their help. Thanks to WMIT, we're now in a new building with a clean
power supply and a first-class backup power system all in place. They have
been and continue to be wonderful partners in supporting WNCW.
The transmitter itself is "digital ready,"
and we have been granted additional funding from the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting's Digital Conversion Fund so we can get the rest of the
equipment needed to begin digital broadcasting sometime in the coming year.
But while HD Radio (for "High Definition Radio") is still down the road a
way just yet, we are confident that WNCW's time off the air will almost
become a thing of the past now that this new transmitter has been installed.
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