ORLAND, Maine — WERU-FM Community Radio announced the success of its New Transmitter Campaign, having raised $125,000 toward the purchase of a new FM transmitter. The funds were raised through 200 individual and foundation gifts made to the campaign beginning in 2008.
A noncommercial grassroots media organization, WERU broadcasts at 89.9 Blue Hill and 99.9 Bangor, with studios and offices in East Orland. The station broadcasts a wide variety of music and public affairs programs produced largely by volunteers. WERU has been in existence for twenty-four years and is still using the original transmitter first turned on in 1988. Due to the old transmitter’s obsolescence, increasing major breakdowns have been taking the station off the air and replacement parts have been more and more difficult to find.
The public phase of the transmitter campaign began in March of this year. In a little over a month, the station raised the remaining funds needed for new transmitter to be installed this summer.
The station plans to have the new transmitter up and running by early July. The new equipment will make WERU much more reliable, eliminating the breakdowns that have become so familiar in recent years. It will also save the station money on emergency repairs.
“It takes a lot to run a successful community radio station,” says Matt Murphy, General Manager at WERU. “Our generous members and dedicated volunteers are just as vital as our working transmitter, and we can’t thank them enough for all they do to keep WERU Community Radio going strong.”
For more information on WERU-FM Community Radio go to http://www.weru.org or call 207-469-6600.