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Local Music Focus Of Radio Station Plan

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Mountain View may, in the near future, have its own radio station devoted to the presentation and preservation of local music.

Joe Hart of Springdale and his non-profit Community Educational Radio, has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to install a low- to medium-power tower on Dodd Mountain to operate a non-commercial non-profit broadcast station at 88.5 FM.

While the application does list a specific site, the exact location of the tower may be amended.

His goals for the station, however, are set.

“We intend to feature local musicians and talent,” Hart told the Leader last week. This would include broadcasting live during local events, jams and concerts. His emphasis will be on young talent, events and weather.

Hart said he has musical interests and fell in love with Mountain View during the past summer when his family visited. They plan to build a home in the community this year.

He currently works for the U.S. Postal Service and plans to retire in a few years, at which time he will be able to devote himself fully to the radio project. In the meantime, he will be seeking volunteers interested in helping with the non-profit venture.

“We hope to do something within the next year,” he commented. “Once we have a house we’ll be there to work on it more.”

Hart has experience in radio, having owned other stations in Prairie Grove and Springdale. He currently operates a station serving residents who have emigrated from the Marshall Islands, and will be turning it over to someone in Springdale’s Marshallese community.

A public notice regarding this project, with a link to information on the FCC site, is posted to our website at www.stonecountyleader.com.

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