Monday, April 29, 2013

Radio Station In A Train Station

This is the only instance of a radio station I have ever found in a train station. It would be cooler if they had occupied the space together but no such luck. Electrified rail lines emit substantial RF interference making the co-habitation unlikely if not unnatural. More here.

This building operated as the Blairstown, NJ train station until 1970.  After a long struggle by Nick DeRienzo, a new station 106.3 signed on in Blairstown in 1973 with an Oldies format using the call letters WFMV-FM. It stood for Warren FM Voice.  The train station housed the radio studios from then until the early 1990s. When the  North Jersey Rail Commuter Association was promoting the restoration of service to the Lackawanna Cut-Off in the late 1980s they did so on-air at WFMV because of their unusual studio. More here.

It was owned by the Warren Broadcasting Corporation.  WFMV was sold to Clearview Broadcasting in 1981. By 1984 though WFMV evolved into more of a Hot Adult Contemporary format. In the summer of 1988 due to environmental issues and the drought the station was forced to leave the air from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily for several summer months. In 1991 it became WHCY. In March 1996 the station was sold to Nassau Broadcasting. It was sometimes between 1991 and 1996 that the station left their home beside the railroad tracks. More here.

Nassau turned around and sold the station in a set of trades and LMAs to Clear Channel in deals to Clear Channel in late 2001. By 2008 the station was airing a fully automated AC playlist with no local programming.