Once upon a time, the little radio station that prompted me to create “Dr. Rent” was owned and hosted by Northcentral Technical College (NTC). Because of the resources available to us, not only were we broadcasting at all of 6 watts from the top of Mosinee Hill, but after a little while, we were streaming.
That means that anyone anywhere in the world could tune into any of the programming on our little radio station by going to a website.
Then one day, with no notice, because of budget reasons we were told, NTC pulled the plug on our little radio station.
However, NTC realized how important this little radio station had become, especially to the local Hmong population. So, with much time spent in negotiations, NTC allowed the Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Association (WAHMA) to take over the license from the FCC, and donated the radio equipment. Shortly thereafter, through the work of many volunteers and radio program hosts, WNRB-LP started broadcasting again with our mighty 6 watts.
However, the internet stream was gone, as that required technology and funding that we just didn’t have.
Fund drives were done, public service announcements were read, and most importantly grants were applied for. And, over time, funds were available to again explore getting our signal out on the internet for the entire world to enjoy. However, money was only one half of the equation. We also needed people who understand how streaming works to set up the equipment to do this, preferably to donate their time and resources.
Spear-headed by one of WAHMA’s hosts (Bouager Lo) and the host of our Sunday Reggae program (Bendan Cotter), work was done to set up our equipment to stream the signal. The last piece of the puzzle was completed by volunteer and long-time show host “Uncle Pete” (Pete Shank) when he modified our studio board to be able to send signals to the computer that would be hosting the stream.
As I was getting ready for the Apartment Association’s conference last week, I receive the email from WAHMA’s office manager. We are streaming again!!!!
If you have been interested in listening to the Dr. Rent Radio Show on Thursdays from 5-6 PM, but get a very weak signal from our 6 watt transmitter, or are comfortably out of our broadcast area (as I know I have regular blog readers from Stevens Point, Green Bay, Madison, and Milwaukee), you can now tune into the show from your computer.
Here is the link:
http://188.8.131.52:88/broadwave.asx?src=1&kbps=56 (for Windows Media Player)
http://184.108.40.206:88/broadwave.pls?src=1&kbps=56 (for itune, real player, etc.)
I missed the last two Dr Rent shows, last week because of that conference I blogged about earlier this week, and the week before to go to Madison and defend our access to CCAP. However, I will be on the air on Thursday at 5 PM with a number of great questions that have come up and as time permits, we will continue our discussion on the new lead-based paint renovation rules. Tomorrow morning, I will summarize the last show I did a few weeks ago, and give you a preview of the questions that are coming up.
It is an exciting time for WNRB-LP, and an exciting time for Dr. Rent, as I am now, once again, officially GLOBAL!!