Thursday, October 14, 2010

WNMH goes down

91.5 WNMH is a prep school radio station at Northfield Mount Hermon School in western Massachusetts. They are one of  over a hundred high school radio stations around the country. Ther eare 16 in Massachusetts alone. What makes them special is that the "Father of Radio" Mr. Lee de Forest graduated from  was a graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School in the year 1893. The school celebrated it's 130th anniversary last year. What brings my attention to them today is that the FCC canceled their license.They are now DWNMH-FM.  "License canceled and callsign deleted by letter dated 9/28/2010;1800B3-KAW"
 Fybush recently wrote that WNMH, was "likely dead for good."  He was referring to the licensing culdesac they've walked into. Northfield Mount Hermon no longer even owns the campus where WNMH was licensed to transmit.  In 1971 Northfield School and Mount Hermon School merged to become the Northfield Mount Hermon School. this was the merger of the girls and boys campuses. In 2005, the trustees of the School decided to close the Northfield campus even though that means reducing the enrollment from about 1,100 students to about 600. The property was then sold.  Back in 1999 they managed to renew for probably the last time after a near-miss. More Here.

MA BLED-961007KB DWNMH
NORTHFIELD MOUNT HERMON SCHOOL
LICENSE TO COVER(BPED-931230IA) FOR CHANGES
91.5 MHZ NORTHFIELD, MA LICENSE
CANCELLED BY LETTER OF APRIL 30, 1999;
PETITION FOR RECON FILED 5/12/99
PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
GRANTED BY 1800B3-JWR.

The Northfield Mount Hermon Private school was founded in 1879 by Mr. Dwight Lyman Moody. He was an evangelist, missionary and writer. It's most famous student was probably Lee de Forest. Though he was born in Iowa, he received his early education at Mt. Hermon School, near Northfield, Mass. He paid some of his tuition with income from his early mechanical patents. He once wrote of his time there:
"...Hermon discipline taught me to surmount things of this character, and the results are becoming apparent."
It has been reported that theri tower and antenna are already gone from the campus.  This is no surprise as the station has been off air for approximately a year.  The station used the brand "Hogger radio" and broadcast 24 hours a day to it's campus and to webcast. It had both student and faculty DJs. Also notable that the "Radio One" satellite service still filled it's overnights and weekends.