By Linda Farneth
A permit was issued by the Federal Communications Commission to operate WWER FM 88.1 on November 3, 2009. The station was operated by Fredericksburg Christian Schools. Recently they offered to transfer the license to another non-profit organization in Colonial Beach.
Planning Commissioner Eric Nelson, who is also active in the Colonial Beach Community Foundation posted the CBCF's intentions to look into the opportunity and called for volunteers to come forward to lend a hand.
Nelson wrote in a plea for volunteers on Nextdoor Colonial Beach, “In general, there is enthusiasm for the idea, but it would only be plausible if someone in the community with a keen interest in broadcasting would step forward on a volunteer basis to help manage the operation.”
Nelson announced this week, “We just had a Board meeting of the Colonial Beach Community Foundation and it was approved to move forward with accepting the radio license. From now until there is an organized effort to manage the process. Ted Tait will be shepherding this effort. Please direct any questions or suggestions to him. Thank you everyone for all your enthusiasm. I am sure this will be a very successful endeavor and benefit the community.”
Tait introduced himself on the thread on Nextdoor but asked that interested parties join a facebook page that he and the group had created for the radio station.
Tait said, “Hi All, It's great to see people excited about this! To get a wider audience involved, I'd like to move off the Next Door platform and onto Facebook. Everyone is on Facebook, right? Eventually we will develop our own web site, but that will take a bit more time! I've created a Facebook page called WWER. I think you should be able to find it with a search. Just don't get confused by the wrestler page with the same name!”
A link to the page is here. WWER
A message was sent out to ask for volunteers and patrons.
“Hello friends! We are embarking on an exciting project and hope many of you can help us. The first two things we need are volunteers and money (and volunteers willing to raise money)!”
“A radio station will be an ongoing endeavor, with monthly bills to pay to keep it on the air - rent, electric, internet, phones, not to mention equipment and supplies! We are working on getting as many things as possible donated, but there will be bills to pay!”
“For now, the best way to donate to our effort is to send a check to the Colonial Beach Community Foundation PO Box 375, Colonial Beach VA 22443, and put RADIO in the memo of your check.”
“If any of our potential volunteers has experience in dealing with matters of finance, we can use your help and suggestions in getting things set up too! Thanks!”
Some of the possible uses for the radio station are listed below on the facebook page:
- Promote the town and activities.
Specialty talk or music programs featuring local artists and musicians
Promote town organizations - BAMM, the Foundation, the town museum, etc.
As an educational tools for students in an after school activity
Broadcast school games
Broadcast town council meetings
Broadcast church services for shut-ins
Special town announcements - school closings, fundraisers, trash pickup, road closures.
Public safety notifications - flooding, storms.
Broadcast local band music