Program Director Shane Ray with new FM license
- Feb. 28, 2014
-- For the first time in almost a decade, an FM radio station will be located in HendricksCounty in the very near future. The Hendricks County Educational Media Corporation applied for an FM license in November of 2013 while the FCC was taking applications. They received permission to start the station on February 5th
2014. Their new spot on the FM dial will be at 98.9 with a 100 watt transmitter and studio in Brownsburg. The call letters will be WYRZ. Bruce Quinn, manager of WHUM in Columbus, Indiana, was instrumental in guiding the HCEMC during the application process. Quinn was at one time the owner of WKLU when the studio was located in Brownsburg.
The new radio station will be similar to what station manager Shane Ray has been building online with www.xrbradio.com (http://www.xrbradio.com/)
. Known in the county for carrying high school sports, local news, locally produced programs, as well as a Solid Gold music format, Shane says he doesn’t see a whole lot of change when the FM is on the air. “Everyone who has listened to XRB online has told us they love the music we play and the programs we have, but they want to hear it on their car radio outside of Brownsburg in glorious stereo. So, with a few exceptions, I think we will be giving the listeners just what they have been asking for the last five years.” Shane says he does expect to keep xrbradio.com going as well.
When asked when WYRZ will go on the air, Shane says that all depends on donations. The HCEMC goes into fund raising mode immediately, since the station will be owned by a non profit organization that is listener supported. Immediate needs include an FM transmitter, new tower, and studio equipment. Their website will be www.wyrz.org
. That’s where online donations can be made.