Purdue’s WBAA-FM to increase power to 14,000 watts

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s FM public radio station may soon be able to increase its audience thanks to a boost in its power transmission.

The power increase, from 5,000 watts to 14,000 watts, will allow WBAA Radio to potentially reach an additional 90,000 listeners, station general manager Tim Singleton said.

In order to upgrade the power, WBAA-FM (101.3), will be off the air for at least one day while a tower crew removes the antenna to modify it. While the transmitter will be off during construction, Internet listeners can still listen online at http://www.wbaa.org.

When the work is finished, the station will be at higher power and also broadcasting in analog and with HD radio technology.

Singleton said the crew is scheduled to work on the tower next Wednesday (July 1), weather permitting.

The station received permission last year from the Federal Communications Commission to increase its power transmission after another radio station moved its transmitter.

WBAA-AM, licensed in 1922, is Indiana’s longest continuously operating radio station, and 920-AM provides news, information, public affairs, jazz, folk and other eclectic music. The AM and FM signals are available digitally. The programming can be heard globally via the station’s Web site at http://www.wbaa.org

WBAA-FM provides Tippecanoe and surrounding counties a mix of classical music and fine arts programming.

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