With new antenna, ABAC radio will return soon
By Prue Benson
Expect to be able to tune in to 103.1 FM very soon. If everything remains on schedule, WPLH 103.1 should be broadcasting over the air again sometime this week.
Professor Keith Perry, the faculty adviser for the station, said, “Now the next step is to get the signal from the student center to the water tower. There’s a wireless link that we have to establish and it’s a process of just having that equipment installed in the student center and rewiring, reconfiguring the system for that.”
When the station returns to the air, it will have a much larger reach due in large part to a new, modernized antenna located high atop the ABAC water tower.
“Once we are up and running people will be able to hear us throughout Tift County, so we will be much more visible in the county,” said Perry.
Asked if any special event was in the works, Perry replied, “I’m sure we will have a grand reopening celebration”.
The process of replacing the antenna was not easy but it appears as if all of the hard work has finally paid off. “It took about three years, but we got it up” Perry said.
The original antenna was placed atop the student center in 1967 and it lasted for about 25 years before it stopped working for unknown reasons. “Nothing specifically happened to it. Just time and age wore it out,” Perry said.
“We weren’t really sure what was going to be the future of the station once we found out the antenna was down. We had a temporary antenna for a while, but we weren’t really sure what was going to happen next.”
Perry said ABAC leaders supported the process of getting the new antenna and putting radio back on the air.
“The administration made a commitment to making sure we continued to have a radio station,” Perry said. “It took a while to get it done but once we brought it to them and told them the cost and everything that was involved, they were very supportive and never doubted for one second we were going to have an antenna. It was just a question of when we were going to have an antenna”.
The radio station is looking for new DJ’s. The only requirements are that on-air personalities must be ABAC students with a 2.5 GPA and a clean disciplinary record. Anyone interested can contact WPLH by email at email@example.com.