Monday, August 07, 2006

New Cincinnati Non-Comm Up

We've mentioned it before, but a new Cincinnati market non-commercial station is up and running.

It's WMWX/88.9 "ClassX" Miamitown OH, which hit the airwaves Saturday evening with what owner Bill Spry calls a "Triple A meets classic album rock" format.

The station's music mix includes "more than the songs that hit the top 5 on Billboard," Spry tells OMW. "We will be playing many many album cuts and songs that left Cincinnati radio 20 years ago. It is an extremely fresh sound and not much repetition. We also will take requests and play what people request. We have a goal of a minimum 12,000 song library which is currently up to 4,000."

The station's signal is strongest in the western parts of the Cincinnati market, with a transmitter site just on the Indiana side of the Ohio/Indiana line. The eclectic music format will also be heard in Northern Kentucky, on LPFM outlet WRHX-LP/107.9 Richwood KY.

If you're down in the Queen City and can't hear 88.9 right now, the station's website notes it'll be down until "later this afternoon" for unspecified technical reasons. The website does, though, stream the programming that's still being heard on the Kentucky outlet...


Anonymous said...

Intersting that the station has been operating without proper FCC authority. I saw a post on the Radio-Info boards, and I checked the link, and sure enough, they have not received FCC approval.

Anonymous said...

Not true at all. They are permitted to be on the air. I'm sure they are not on the air full power but at half power which is perfectly leagal. (IMHO -pretty bad to post negative comments about a non-com anyway.)Been listening to them online and sounds great. Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

I have read the discussion on radio-info and there is quite an exchange concerning this station. It is too bad that individuals are not as passionate about real issues, such as media consolidation in the heart of Clear Channel land. I have also looked at the FCC e-file online applications for the station. It would seem that there is truth on both sides of the discussion on that issue. The licensee did not file their application properly and went on the air prematurely, according to what is on record with the media bureau. It also is probably true the station is operating at half power which is the acceptable procedure. The points are moot unless the FCC decides to make it an issue. Both of the individuals should just drop it and let the station stand on its own merit.