Lakeshore Public Radio Expands Coverage Area
Back in the spring of 2021, we announced that upgrades to Lakeshore Public Radio’s transmission system were nearly complete. Then … technology threw a curveball our way.
The antenna we had just worked so hard to raise funds to produce and install was not performing correctly. Following a series of tests it was determined that due to a production fault beyond our control, the antenna would never perform as expected. After exploring all of our options, it was determined the best way forward was to return to the production phase and wait for (another) new antenna to be built.
While the manufacturer generously discounted production of the replacement antenna, there were still going to be incurred costs we were not prepared for. Not to mention additional installation costs to remove the faulty antenna and install the new antenna. We were able to secure funds to cover this production and the new antenna was delivered to us in November 2022.
Now we just had to secure an installation team, but at this time we were also preparing to secure a team to install our new television antenna that was scheduled to be completed in early 2023. As a small nonprofit organization, we were forced to delay the installation of the radio antenna in order to have one crew on site in Northwest Indiana to install both antennas in one trip.
Now the Good News!
The production of our new and improved television antenna is complete and awaiting delivery in May/June of 2023, pending all of the permits and approvals necessary to complete such an extensive undertaking. So we anticipate installing BOTH our new antenna for Lakeshore Public Radio and Lakeshore PBS in just a few more weeks.
This endeavor will strengthen our over-the-air broadcast signal and result in an increase in the station’s population coverage area. These upgrades will not only extend the range of our signal across Northwest Indiana, but also allow us to broadcast with far fewer shadows and dead spots. This means our high-quality, informative programming will be available to more Region residents than ever before in the station's history (14 years and counting!).
As a nonprofit, public radio station, our broadcast is available to all residents across Northwest Indiana regardless of their social or economic status. We proudly serve our diverse, loyal listeners with programming that includes news and public affairs, arts, life, music, and more from NPR and local and statewide partners.
At a time when access to trusted information has never been more important, this signal expansion was crucial to enriching our community by creating a more informed and engaged citizenry.
Local Radio On The Go
While the signal expansion will enable more Northwest Indiana residents to access the station by tuning their radios to 89.1 FM, there are more ways to stay connected to Lakeshore Public Radio. Our live broadcast, as well as the podcasts we carry, are also accessible here on our website (go ahead, have a look around) and via numerous streaming apps like Spotify, TuneIn Radio and iTunes. You can even ask your Alexa device to “play Lakeshore Public Radio.”
You Power Public Radio
The grassroots nature of our fundraising is more important than ever before as nearly half of our annual funding comes directly from local community support here in Northwest Indiana. That includes support from listeners like you as well as some amazing organizations who share our commitment to the community.