On 2" Begins HD Broadcasting Sept. 1
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - WWFM, The Classical Network of Mercer County Community College, will launch a new jazz station on Sept. 1 called "Jazz On 2." The station will air on 89.1 HD2, which is one of 89.1's new digital channels. Programming will be locally produced in part, and offered in part in collaboration with WDUQ in Pittsburgh, made possible by the college's recently added membership affiliation with National Public Radio.
The new initiative is coordinated by Winifred Howard, who has worked at WWFM as a producer for many years. She has worked with public affairs programs and the Dress Circle. She said she will be producing 12 hours a day of local programming, and that many volunteer hosts have already signed on. "These volunteers have a love for this music," she said. "They are also sharing their personal music libraries with us." Guest hosts will include members of the college's faculty and staff, and members of the community.
According to WWFM General Manager Peter Fretwell, "One goal of the station is to encourage students to continue both their higher education and their music involvement after high school. We also want to help draw students to MCCC's programs, especially at the downtown Trenton James Kerney Campus, and to help revive Trenton's jazz heritage."
Howard said a new show called "The Morning Mix," to air daily from 6 to 10 a.m., will include blues and Sunday morning gospel programming.
Digital radio - HD - enables broadcasters to segment a single radio frequency so it can carry multiple broadcast streams. On an HD radio, WWFM's 89.1 signal will soon have three formats: classical on HD1, jazz on HD2, and the MCCC student station, WMCC, on HD3. According to an article by Robert Ferency-Viars and Ralph Graves, on the Crutchfield website, "In addition to duplicating their analog programming with an HD radio broadcast, stations can subdivide the digital portion of their signal. This allows a station to 'multicast' -- that is, broadcast two or more programs simultaneously." These additional channels can only be received on an HD radio or tuner.
The jazz music will also be simulcast on the college's cable TV station, Channel 26, during bulletin board announcements.
WWFM is licensed to Mercer County Community College, and its main studios are located on the college's West Windsor Campus. The station relies on diverse sources of funding for its operating budget, with the largest source of income generated through annual support from its listener-members.
For more information call 1-800-622-9936.
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