Another New Wis. Public Radio Station Nearing Sign-On | Arts & Culture
Wisconsin Public Radio expects to sign on a new station in the Chequamegon Bay area by the end of the year, marking the end of the two-decade "Clear Signal" campaign.
The effort began in the early 1990s when the sign-on of a new radio station in Ashland led to interference that prevented many listeners from hearing public radio signals out of Brule and Superior. WPR established low-power repeater stations in Ashland in the late 1990s, which are now being replaced with stronger signals.
The newest station, WHWA, will broadcast on 104.7 FM from a tower west of Washburn. It will use 17,500 Watts, enough to provide a strong signal to Ashland, Washburn, Bayfield, and parts of the south shore.
Steve Bauder, the Director of Field Engineering for Wisconsin Public Broadcasting and the Educational Communications Board, said the new station's antenna was scheduled to be installed last week.
WHWA will carry WPR's News & Music service, which carries NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Classical music. It will join WUWS (90.9 FM), which signed on last year carrying WPR's Ideas Network.