WIOX Roxbury radio officially begins transmitting

By Jay Braman Jr.
Roxbury’s new station flicked the switch to “broadcast” last Friday, and operators of the nonprofit endeavor promise to serve and reflect the diverse interests in the region.

On Friday afternoon the atmosphere was festive, with well-dressed volunteers operating information booths on the sidewalk outside the historic Masonic Lodge on Bridge Street that WIOX calls home.

Most of the talent, if not all, were milling about, either outside chatting with folks or in the upper hallway where the production booth and sound booth are. Most, however, were in the back room upstairs for the fully catered celebration of the movers and shakers that put the station together.
Meanwhile Hobart resident “Open Mike” Teitelbaum was broadcasting from the booth, operating all the gadgets and gizmos that make up the nerve center of a computerized radio station.
The question of the day was how far the signal was going to reach.

“Call in and let us know,” said the headset wearing Teitelbaum into the microphone.
Glen Pedersen, the station’s director of development, said that calls were coming in with reports that WIOX could be heard clearly into Delhi.

But listeners in the Fleischmanns area reported a weak signal on the Fleischmanns side of Dimmick Mountain Road and in the village proper. The station could be heard in portions of Pine Hill and along the Route 28 corridor in spots as far east as Phoenicia.

“We’re transmitting with about 3,300 watts right now, “says Bob Ackershoek, known locally as the owner of Cassie’s Cafe, just a few steps away around the corner on Main Street. “But we can go up to 6,000 watts.”

Ackershoek will host a 1970s progressive rock show Tuesdays but he is just one of the on-air talents that will make the weekly roster.

Expect to hear the voices of MARK Executive Director Pegg Ellsworth, local realtor Eric Wedemeyer and local tennis pro Mark Birman airing programs in their respective fields, as well as several other people from around the region.

WIOX is a new full-power FM radio station, located on the dial at 91.3, licensed to the Town of Roxbury and operated in the public interest by non-profit group The Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corporation, which supports young people’s interest in science and technology.

The station exists to support community interests and experiential learning. The station is supported by grants, donations, sponsorships and volunteers.