WCRB to simulcast on 88.7 in R.I.
Wed Jun 8 12:37:06 EDT 2011
WJMF's deal puts a WCRB simulcast on its main signal and what they had been running goes onto HD-2,
webstream, smart phone application, etc. Something similar is going on in Pittsburgh, where fans of jazz music
are not happy about the sale of WDUQ to Essential Public Media. Because they want to run a lot of
news on WDUQ, the jazz is being moved to an HD-2, a webstream, and a smartphone app.
Right now, WDUQ runs over 100 hours of jazz per week. This will be reduced to a 6 hour Saturday night block.
A group has been formed to oppose this, though they acknowledge it's a longshot and the FCC says they are not in the format regulation business.
Here, the group supporting jazz on the radio is hoping the FCC can delay the sale so they can try to convince the "pending buyer" that they shouldn't cut it down to just 6 hours. At the very least they hope WDUQ can run 42 hours of jazz per week. Anyway, a similar situation, where a long-running format may be relegated to HD-2/webstream, etc.
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