FCC Approves AM Radio Station for Scotch Plains-Fanwod

Both mayors have been working to get an AM radio station up and running for mostly emergency related purposes.

The following information was provided by the Borough of Fanwood.

The Federal Communications Commission has approved a license for a community access radio station to be used by Scotch Plains and Fanwood to broadcast emergency and other information.

Both Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr announced they had applied for the license at their respective inaugurations on January 1, 2013. On February 16, 2013, the FCC granted the local community access license jointly to the two municipalities. The main purpose is to broadcast emergency information to citizens in the event of power, cable and other outages.

Plans are under way to secure the necessary equipment to program the station and transmit the signal. Activation is now scheduled for mid-May, 2013, at which time listeners may tune to 530 AM to hear the broadcasts.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this service to our citizens,” said Mayor Glover. “It was the last available license in this area. We submitted our application immediately after Super Storm Sandy, giving us a leg-up on other applicants.”

"The radio station gives us another tool to communicate effectively with our residents," said Mayor Mahr. "In the event of a power outage that cuts off cable and web access, residents will be able to use an AM portable or car radio to tune to 530 to hear regular updates on conditions impacting the communities. We learned during Sandy that the more ways we can communicate during times of crisis, the better."

While emergency broadcast will be the primary mission of the station, it will also serve during non-emergencies to broadcast community activities.

Both Mayors touted the station as a shared service at a time when they are discussing a shared police department and other services to save money for taxpayers of both towns.

The Mayors also support getting the Board of Education involved in the station project.

Holden MaGroin February 24, 2013 at 12:43 AM
I'm Holden Magroin and this is for the artificial Tree. I never liked it when others slightly changed the spelling of my name to pretend to be me. It appears you've lost an "e" in your name for your last 2 posts. Perhaps those 2 blind old ladies who are your neighbors can help you locate the "e". I don't mind having differing opinions with lenapeE Tree and sometimes enjoy giving him/her the business. The fact they believe I'm more than one person and work for the town also brings me amusement. Having said that, I don't think they would appreciate you trying to impersonate them with an ever so close screen name. Neither do I. I may be Holden MaGroin, but I do have some scruples.
Holden MaGroin February 24, 2013 at 11:20 PM
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Holden MaGroin February 25, 2013 at 01:43 PM
I'm Holden MaGroin and this is for Tree#2. Now you have made my little saplings blush with your first sentence. But that's ok, I sometimes have to also say "do as I say, not as I do." Since you seem to be having such fear and frustration with your dealings with the people who work in town hall, and are of the belief that it's because the workers are posting on the Patch, I would guess that it's in your right to demand from the town manager that he check the computers to make sure they are not using the town computers or servers to post here. I would guess that it wouldn't be too hard to do that. Perhaps even Bo has already checked.


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