RANGELEY — WRGY, community radio for the Rangeley Region, has announced it is now streaming its broad range of programs live on the Internet.
WRGY began broadcasting four years ago after securing an educational, noncommercial license from the FCC. The broadcast studio for WRGY is housed downtown at Lakeside Theater, and the region’s only “city grade” signal is transmitted from more than 4,000 feet on Saddleback Mountain.
Over the years, the radio has developed local programming and shows, as well as presenting information of interest to those who live and recreate in the Rangeley region.
“This is a great step forward for us,” said Board President Dave McMillan. “Many of our listeners tune us in on their summer vacations or during their winter ski and snow machine trips. Now after leaving our region they can still follow the Rangeley news, special broadcasts and events anywhere in the world.”
The Rangeley area has always had difficulty accessing regular radio broadcasts, nestled as it is within a bowl of mountain ranges. Members of the community pursued a solution, having a locally transmitted signal to allow residents of the area the opportunity to tune in and be aware of road closings, emergencies and local news.
“We feel we provide a unique voice and perspective, not only for the visitors to the region, but also to the communities we serve,” said McMillan. “Our ability to broadcast on the Internet means even those who cannot get our signal with a traditional radio can still hear us.”
Those wishing may listen to WRGY on their computer, laptop or mobile device by going to WRGY.org and clicking on the “live feed” bar on the home page.