In the next few years, radio listeners in Middlesex county may notice a new frequency on their dial. If all goes well, Middlesex Community College, in partnership with the town of Portland, will get its first FM radio station.
It has been 13 years since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened an application window for educational licenses. Last week, Middlesex Community College applied for a license. If no other entity has applied for the same frequency, the College will be granted a construction permit and can begin working towards building the radio station.
The station, 107.5 with call letters to be determined, is in partnership with the town of Portland, where the antenna will be located, and Portland High School’s radio club. Center for New Media Director Rich Lenoce worked closely with Portland’s Selectwoman Susan Bransfield, Dave Kuzminski, technology coordinator for the town of Portland, and Krista Karch, technology teacher at Portland High School, to make the radio station happen.
“Selectwomen Bransfield and her team, and the staff at Portland High School have been very supportive of the College and we are looking forward to working with them to make the radio station a community resource,” said Rich Lenoce, director of the Center for New Media. “Because of this partnership, our students, along with the students at Portland High School, will have the chance to run a real radio station.”
If MxCC gets approved for the license by the FCC, the radio station will be a part of the College’s Center for New Media. The College is gearing up for construction on the lower level of Chapman Hall, which will house the new center. Besides the addition of a radio station, updates include a television studio, control room, a media production classroom, a green room, and editing rooms.
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, and online.