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Just a few weeks ago, our new WMCK.FM, an Internet station serving the McKeesport area, marked its one-year anniversary. Doug Goffus, a member of the Tube City Community Media board of directors, signed on the station with his show, "Goffus Golden Oldies," a mix of rock and roll, pop, jazz, and country from the late 1940s through the 1970s.
He's still going strong and a new episode airs every Tuesday morning at 6 a.m., and repeats on Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons.
We recently marked our first anniversary as an Internet station serving the McKeesport area. Many people have asked if we have plans to create an over-the-air AM or FM radio station. We would love to! But there are no open frequencies.
In the meantime, McKeesport's 1360 --- formerly known as WMCK, WIXZ, WMNY and now WGBN --- has been off the air for almost a year. If it stays off the air until Dec. 8, 2016, the FCC will delete its license permanently.
McKeesport's 1360 is owned by East Liberty's Pentecostal Temple. We have written to the owners of 1360 three times asking if we can help --- but they have not written us back.
So we have no idea what their plans might be for the station. It would be a shame if the station stays "dark," as they say in the radio business, permanently.
But we can't help that, so we keep doing what we're doing.
Nationally known big-band expert Paul Roth, a McKeesport native, is now doing a big-band show for us at 11 a.m. Sunday mornings. Our Tuesday night punk and hard rock request show, "The Electric Crush," is racking up a lot of new fans.
We've expanded "The Rick Smith Show," which comes to us from Harrisburg, to two hours every weekday, from 3 to 5 p.m.
And we are considering a Sunday night oldies block but could really use a live host there, so if you'd like to participate, please let us know.
We are a volunteer-run, tax-exempt, listener supported charity organization. We have no paid staff and no one takes a "salary" or any money, other than occasional expenses. You can make a donation using our PayPal link or by sending a check or money order to Tube City Community Media Inc., P.O. Box 94, McKeesport 15134.
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Thanks for all your support, comments and suggestions!
Originally published November 14, 2016.