Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Brockton, USA: ­WXBR-AM Radio station to return to air

After nearly six months of radio silence, Brockton’s ­WXBR-AM (1460) is poised to make a comeback and return to the airwaves within a matter of weeks, according to the station’s owners.

“Our engineers are working to get the station on,” said Jhonson Napoleon, president of Azure Media LLC, the Miami Gardens, Fla., company that bought the talk radio station from a Connecticut-based firm for $250,000 last year.

Many Brocktonians have wondered about the fate of WXBR since Napoleon’s company acquired the station and took it off the air in August.

In addition to relocating WXBR’s studios to 250 Belmont St., Napoleon said, Azure Media needed to update and replace the station’s transmitter and equipment.

At WXBR’s tower site in West Bridgewater, Napoleon said, company officials encountered something they were not prepared for: Approximately 100 feet of copper plates that ran between the tower and the transmitter went missing.

The copper “was all stolen,” said Napoleon. “We discovered this December when we installed the new transmitter. . . . It’s something you can’t run the radio station without.”

In addition to the missing copper plates, they found other unexpected problems that needed to be fixed before ­WXBR could return to the air.

“Once we opened that conduit box, we had to look at building a brand-new radio station,” said Napoleon.
Now that a new Nautel 6-kilowatt digital transmitter has been installed, he said, the station should be back on the air in February.

(Source : Boston.com)

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