The Kuyahoora Valley has its own radio station and program director Heidi Haines wants make sure local residents know they can tune in.
“We’re a local Christian radio station and our focus is on the Kuyahoora Valley,” said Haines.
The station’s tower is in Newport and the signal for 101.1 FM WGLU-LP - the LP stands for low power - is strongest in Kuyahoora Valley communities. It can be heard in other areas though.
In the winter and fall, when the leaves are off the trees, the signal travels further, according to Haines.
“You can sometimes hear it in Whitesboro or at the top of Vickerman Hill,” she said. “Many people are not aware of us.”
WGLU-LP is operated by West Canada Christian Resources, a 501-C-3 non-profit corporation incorporated in 2001, and is on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week, although it does not have DJs on the air all of those hours.
The station originally went on the air in 2001 as WKUY-LP with Christian and other programming. The station went silent when the building where its studio was located was sold.
The Federal Communications Commission allows a station to go silent for up to a year without losing its license to operate, Haines said. A new location was found in Barneveld. Haines credited Ted and Cheryl Foss, of West Canada Christian Resources, for the work they did to rebuild the studio in the new location.
“Within 11 months we were back on the air,” she said, adding its signal was boosted from 27 watts to 100 watts, the current limit for a low-power station. FCC regulations require the station’s studio to be located within 10 miles of its tower and WGLU-LP’s tower is 9.4 miles from the studio.
When the station came back on the air Sept. 10, 2012, WCCR decided to change its call letters — “God is the glue that holds us together,” said Haines — and its focus to make it a local Christian station. Haines is the only paid staff member with a couple of volunteers offering additional local programming.
“Our vision is ‘Uniting believers, sharing God’s love,’” said Haines.
“We mostly have music with short Christian teachings,” she said.
The effort is a multi-denominational one with a number of local churches and clergy involved. There are also national programs such as “Quick Word from Beth Moore” and “Life on the Edge.”
In addition to her “Rise and Shine” program from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., Haines is working on an “Out and About in the Community” program.
“We’d like to be radio with legs,” she said, noting the station is planning a remote broadcast from the West Canada Valley arts and crafts fair.
Page 2 of 2 - The station is open to ideas from people who have something to share, whether a talent for writing, speaking or music or other talents. The station has featured several local musicians.
“That’s what makes us different,” said Haines. “We know we can’t compete with (national Christian radio networks) K-LOVE and AIR1, but we can offer something local.
She hopes people will begin to turn to the station to hear about community events and announcements about local concerns.
“We hope down the road we can grow and be something the community looks to,” she said.
Haines did a short stint on WKUY-LP in 2004, worked in radio in Washington, D.C., for a time and came back to the area in 2008.
For more information, visit the station’s website or Facebook page.