On Monday, Sept. 30, Colleges radio station and NPR Affiliate WEOS-FM will begin broadcasting on FM 89.5. This change will decrease interference and allow WEOS to increase power, so it can serve the community with a stronger and more robust signal.
With another station broadcasting just down the dial, per se, at 89.9, WEOS has always suffered some amount of signal interference. Also because of the proximity of the other station’s signal, WEOS was restricted in the directions it was allowed to broadcast.
“This frequency change has been in the works for several years,” says Greg Cotterill, station manager for WEOS and WHWS. “It will help WEOS and National Public Radio reach listeners in Ontario, Schuyler, Steuben, Seneca, Cayuga, Tompkins and Wayne counties with a stronger signal.”
Making the improvements is a fairly easy process that entails changing settings on the station’s existing transmitter and making modifications to its antennae so it is no longer restricted in the directions it broadcasts.
Those who listen on 89.7 should reset their radio to 89.5 on Monday, Sept. 30. The move does not affect those who listen on 90.3, or the operation of WHWS 105.7 FM, the HWS station devoted to programming specific to the greater Geneva community.
Started by HWS students in 1947, WEOS is a public radio news, information and music station, broadcasting to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York and airs many popular public radio programs from NPR, PRI, the BBC World Service, and Pacifica Radio, including several locally-produced programs. WEOS reaches an audience of approximately 75,000 people and is available online at www.weos.org.