Re: WHPK Radio Station In Trouble After Funding Slashed
Posted by WYTZZ95FM on July 31, 2023, 12:37 pm, in reply to "Re: WHPK Radio Station In Trouble After Funding Slashed"
Hi Phil, |
It still surprises me that a few schools, especially a high school like Homewood-Flossmoor with 88.5 WHFH, are going strong with the radio aspect of their mass-media curriculum.
You have some powerful people that support this, while you also have tenured faculty that keep drumming this up as being important (why lose their career), when, it no longer is. I believe in mass-media curriculum, I do not believe the FM signal is as important. Promoting IP, podcasting is more beneficial and in alignment with the younger generation.
If a school is sitting on a non-comm allocation that already has decent coverage (e.g. WHFH Flossmoor, WPCD Champaign), or can be paved over with an upgrade and/or COL change, it makes sense that the school board typically won’t put up much fight when an EMF, Calgary or BBN inevitably comes along to take advantage.
Most HS and EDU signals are under 90FM and more so piled on under 89FM. EMF will usually come in and will allow the school to own the license not to lose it, or they will pay to move in on the frequency. EMF found value in the 88.1 Wheaton frequency event if it does not have a huge footprint. But does this really matter when EMF is gobbling up Class C signals in major markets, with ease and no stress on the pocketbook?