Thanks to this great post from John Kiesewetter in his blog on the Enquirer website. Look for a mention of WVQC in his column in the Sunday paper too.
New Cincinnati Radio Station Debuts Aug. 1
Posted 3/26/2009 11:09 AM EDT on Cincinnati.com
Radio Free Queen City begins broadcasting Aug. 1 on low-power WVQC-FM on 95.7. Media Bridges, Cincinnati’s nonprofit community media center, will share the 100-watt non-commercial signal with Forest Hills Schools in Anderson Twp. and the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood.
Media Bridges says WVQC-FM “will be a true community station with a schedule that emphasizes local music, news, events and talk, as well as alternative national programming. It will also air government affairs programming and Spanish language news. Programs will be produced by local volunteers and will reflect the interest of the community.”
That sounds great, but I have a question: Isn’t that why WAIF-FM (88.3) was started in the 1970s?
Media Bridges has been working on getting a radio license for nearly 9 years. It applied in 2001 to the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC finally granted the license last year. WVQC-FM programming will replace Media Bridges’ 24/7 internet station, “The Bridge,” from the Over-the-Rhine media center, says Kate Finnigan, who’s organizing the broadcast station effort. The signal “will stretch 3-5 miles and cover most of the urban core of Cincinnati and part of Northern Kentucky,” she says.
Media Bridges has launched a campaign to raise $127,000 to buy a transmitter, build a second (production) studio and fund operation for one year, Finnigan says. “Community support is crucial to its success,” she says. Go to wvqc.org to donate, or learn more about the station.
The plan looks solid, and they need your support. It’s a good thing. But I still ask: What does this say about what all-voluntter WAIF-FM is or isn’t doing?