Saturday, February 16, 2013

Torrington, Connecticut, USA: Torrington radio station WAPJ finds a stronger voice

TORRINGTON >> Volunteer radio station, WAPJ’s new locally focused programming has not only attracted listeners from Torrington, but around the world.

In November 2011, the non-profit FM radio station (89.9) came under new ownership by the Torrington Community Radio Foundation which has helped bring the station to life. The station is made up entirely of volunteers and is funded through private donations and sponsors.

“We have increased local programming and volunteers by 25 percent in the last year,” said WAPJ General Manager John Ramsey. “Our Facebook ‘likes’ have doubled from 450 to 850 in the last 12 months.”

According to Ramsey, the station was previously owned by the I.B. and Zena H. Temkin Foundation and was founded in 1997 by Dr. Isadore Temkin and the late Atty Bob Sullivan.
“We have put a real emphasis on the community. We’re trying to be the voice of Torrington and not to be just entertainment, but a place where people tune in to find out what’s going on around town,” said Ramsey.

After gaining new ownership, Ramsey said, the local radio station went from eight hours a day of local programming to 14, which better fit all kinds of tastes.

“Our programming is 100 percent live,” Ramsey wrote in an e-mail. “We have an eclectic format.”

The local radio station also broadcasts local events that people may not be able to attend.
 
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(Source: The Register Citizen via SCOOPWEB

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