(Monroe City, Indiana) – First it was a cable access station, then a newspaper, and now a radio station will soon sign on the air in Monroe City.
98.9 WSKM-LP was licensed to the South Knox Alumni Association which was licensed back on April 24, 2014 by the Federal Communication Commission. The station is a non-commercial licensed station, meaning the station must rely on underwriting from businesses and the general public’s support. To help with keeping the station on the air, Hometown News and Media, which is a non-profit organization, has agreed to help staff and operate the station.
This past week, WSKM-LP was able to raise most of the money to get the station partially on the air. A make shift studio was set up inside one of the old class rooms at the Blue Jeans Community Center. Until the transmitter is kicked on, the station released it’s website, wskmradio.com, and is currently streaming the station online.
Chris Richardson, President and General Manager of Hometown News & Media, stated he hoped to have the antenna and transmitter on the air within the next few weeks, just in time for the 15th year birthday of the Blue Jeans Community Center. “This is the perfect time to put the station on the air,” Richardson said. “The Blue Jeans Community Center will be celebrating 15 years in the community and the community can celebrate having an ultra-local community radio station going on the air in their community.”
Founder of the South Knox Alumni Association, Kerry Dean said, “It’s been a long time coming and we’ve been waiting a long time to be able to apply for a license to get a radio station in the South Knox area and we’re very happy to get the construction permit to build the station. This would not be possible without the help of both Skip Spence and Chris Richardson, who worked to get the permit and get us going.”
The station will operate 24 hours a day playing Classic County and Bluegrass music, along with local and national news, community information, weather updates, and agriculture information.
The station is still short some equipment and plans to have a few fundraisers to get the station at its full wattage and at its full capacity.
The public files for WSKM are located at 1242 Main Street in room 50 in Monroe City.