Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 25, 2013

WUGO to go silent during switchover

Station getting new frequency on FM dial

Tim Preston
The Independent

GRAYSON — Longtime listeners of Grayson’s WUGO radio will find their favorite station at a new location on the FM dial this week following a scheduled shutdown and switchover starting early Thursday.

Station manager Francis Nash said the technical work was set for Wednesday, although weather concerns delayed the action until Thursday. Nash explained a tower team will be used to climb the 365-foot tower near the station’s studios in Grayson, remove the existing broadcast antenna and replace it with a new antenna allowing the station to broadcast at a different frequency.

Nash said the antenna work is set to begin early Thursday and the station is expected to resume broadcasting at 99.7 on the FM dial Thursday evening.

“We won’t be changing our programming and we will sound the same, but we will be at a little better spot on the dial,” Nash said last week, explaining the new frequency is expected to have less interference from other stations.

Nash said “99.7 is a brand-new frequency that’s never been on in our area and we will have less interference on our outer ridge, noting the station previously had to sign agreements accepting a certain level of interference from other stations in similar broadcast ranges.

The old frequency, 102.3 FM, has been sold and will become part of the Huntington/Charleston broadcasting market, Nash said. The frequency is expected to be back on the air “probably a few days later,” after the Grayson station has officially started broadcasting at 99.7 FM.

“We have been at 102.3 for 40 years, so people are going to have to get used to it,” Nash said, expressing confidence the station’s loyal audience will easily make the transition.

WUGO and WGOH broadcast an adult contemporary format, according to Wikipedia. The stations serve the northeastern Kentucky area and are owned by Carter County Broadcasting Co. Inc. They feature programing from CBS Radio and the Kentucky News Network, and broadcast football and basketball games from East Carter and West Carter high schools. WUGO also broadcasts University of Kentucky football and men’s basketball games as well as Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds games, while WGOH serves as the flagship station for Kentucky Christian University athletics. The station has won four National Crystal Radio Awards for community service.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.