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Will Community Radio On WAUP Be Coming To Waupaca, Waushara, And Portage Counties?

May 21, 2012

Hap Tip to Rail Pro

Lets hope the needed funds can be obtained so this community radio station can land on the airwaves, and be another means to provide information and entertainment for listeners in central Wisconsin.

The only thing standing in the way of a new radio station in Waupaca that would reach into Portage County is a little bit of elbow grease and about $200,000.

A project started in 1994 to build a community radio station is expected to be on the air by November 2013, said station President Mark Gerlach. WAUP would reach throughout Waupaca County, a large part of Waushara County and a sizable chunk of Portage County.

The station needs to be on air before December 2013 or the station could lose its license. Obtaining a license from the Federal Communications Commission is difficult because they don’t become available very often, and when they do, there are a lot of applicants.

It’ll take about $200,000 to get the station up in running, Gerlach said.

“We’re pretty confident the money will be there,” Gerlach said. “We feel this is a generous area; people have shown their support. We think they will show up for us, and help get this station on the air.”

Gerlach said the station will start raising money for the station in June. WAUP will specialize in what he called radio the old-fashioned way — by the community, for the community.

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