Camden Maine station off the air due to storm damage

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
Tue Mar 2 06:09:13 EST 2010

"if they're really serious about their mission, they would find a way to see
it built"... and i admittedly know nothing about the radio land up there...
could a Class C1 that actually covers a sizebale population up there FIT in
frequency wise and be supported enough to make it worthwhile?

Paul Walker

On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 11:25 PM, <> wrote:

> I lived in west central Maine for over 30 years until my recent move to the
> coast.  The lack of adequate MPBN signal coverage in Somerset and Franklin
> Counties is something I used to complain long and loud about until I
> realized it was fruitless; no one at MPBN was listening, despite the fact
> that I and other complainants were supporting members.  Neither the 91.3
> signal from Waterville nor the 90.1 from Portland nor the 90.9 from Bangor
> can be picked up very well north or west of Skowhegan.  When the Camden
> station went on the air several years ago, it only obviated the fact that
> MPBN's core supporters are the wealthy folk on the midcoast: the placing of
> a transmitter in Camden was principally a sop to them.  The subsequent
> proposed closing of the Calais station (in Washington County, Maine's
> poorest region) only made that more glaringly obvious.
> I remain an MPBN supporter, because its programming is one of very few
> alternatives offered against the dreck that characterizes much of Maine
> radio.  That having been said, however, I have to add that while MPBN
> purports to serve ALL of the State of Maine, it does not.   The Class C
> transmitter atop Sugarloaf is exactly what's needed, and if MPBN's trustees
> were really serious about their mission, they would find a way to see it
> built.
> -Doug
> Quoting Garrett Wollman <>:
>> <<On Mon, 01 Mar 2010 11:43:10 -0500, Aaron Read <>
>> said:
>> > I would also opine that you'd have to build either one huge
>> > facility...or more likely, several quite-large
>> > adequately cover NW ME thanks to the terrain issues and extremely
>> > low population density.
>> Most of the population of northwestern Maine probably receives an
>> adequate signal from WMEA (90.1C Portland).  There are
>> sparsely-populated parts in the far northwest that are terrain-blocked
>> from WMEA; if you wanted to serve them, you'd probably have to build
>> another class-C on Sugarloaf -- but note that WTOS-FM is operated as
>> an Augusta station!
>> (Incidentally, I'd be willing to bet that before the 107.9C2 came on
>> in Skowhegan, the Rangeley Lake area got usable NPR service from WVPS.
>> Look at a topo map and note how the valleys in northern New Hampshire
>> line up almost perfectly to bring the Mansfield FMs into that part of
>> Maine.)
>> -GAWollman

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