WILLIAMSON – West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) is currently operating at low power but is expected to be available for full time broadcast in the spring of 2016 for the Mingo and Logan listening areas.
Scott Finn, executive director and CEO of West Virginia Public Broadcasting explained, “We’re running at low power for now until we can get on a new site. We think we’ve identified one and could be there as early as April.”
Approval from the Federal Communications Commission allowed West Virginia Public Broadcasting WVPB to begin broadcasting WVPB programming in Mingo, Logan and surrounding areas.
In October 2014, the West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority approved the purchase of former WVKM 106.7 FM radio station located near Matewan-Buskirk for $280,000. WVKM, an FM station, was owned by longtime local radio personality, George Warren.
Finn discussed the struggle of finding a location that would best serve the listening area. “The Logan- Mingo area is hard to serve because of the geography of the area. We are in the process of finding the best location to serve the area,” Finn said.
To reach all listeners, Finn explained the best location for the Mingo- Logan listening area would be a mountain top. “If you have listened to the radio, you know that sometimes you lose signal when you travel in a valley. If we broadcast from the top of the mountain, we would have a stronger signal,” Finn said.
“Telling West Virginia’s story,” is the motto of WVPB. Finn plans to incorporate this motto by partnering with the local community to better tell the stories of the Mingo-Logan area to the rest of the state, “There are a lot of good things in this area that people need to know. We don’t have enough stories from Mingo and Logan to share with the rest of the state,” Finn said.
To help facilitate communication with the local community, Finn encourages listeners to contact him. “I would like people in the area to send comments, suggestions and ideas to me at [email protected],” Finn said.
A radio programming schedule is available. To view a complete program list visit http://wvpublic.org/schedule.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)