After receiving Federal Communications Commission approval, WFIN radio will soon be heard at 95.5 on the FM dial as well as its traditional home at AM 1330.
Blanchard River Broadcasting has received approval for an FM translator that allows the AM station to reach a wider audience throughout the community.
WFIN, which first went on the air in 1941, is a Class D AM radio station that broadcasts at 1,000 watts of power. Until 1989, WFIN was required to sign-off at sunset and not sign back on until sunrise. Since then, WFIN has broadcast 24 hours a day, although from sunset to sunrise, at a reduced power of 79 watts.
The Findlay Publishing Company purchased the station in 1949.
Adding an FM translator permits the simultaneous broadcast of WFIN’s programming on both the AM frequency and at 95.5 FM, said David Glass, president of Blanchard River Broadcasting.
“It provides expanded audience opportunity and greater reach for our advertisers,” Glass said. “This will be especially helpful with our commitment to local high school sports broadcasts.”
The expected build-out of the project will occur this spring. Blanchard River Broadcasting, a subsidiary of the Findlay Publishing Company, operates WKXA and 106.3 The Fox along with four radio stations in Columbus, Indiana.
The Findlay Publishing Company also owns Allegra Print & Imaging, Findlay Digital Design and
two daily newspapers: The Findlay Courier and The Fostoria Review Times.