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June 22, 2013

Local man hopes to create radio station

NEW CASTLE — A New Castle man who has spent his career in broadcasting is planning to create a local radio station.

Robert Irvine, who has worked at WKST, WBGN and various Pittsburgh television and radio stations is seeking sponsors and donations to secure an available radio frequency to serve the area. He also is raising money to purchase a license.

He began fundraising by selling food at the New Castle Arts Festival in May. He will be at it again at the Italian Festival Saturday and Sunday at Cascade Park. He will partner with the Warner Film Center — which is planning a project to restore the Warner Brothers first permanent theater — at Back to the 50’s, also at Cascade Park, June 28, 29 and 30.

Irvine said he will be showing classic movies and selling popcorn and smoothies at the former carousel building.

“In the meantime, we’re looking for a sponsor to help defray the cost of movie rental and royalty charges to show them.”

He said he hopes to raise $30,000 to $40,000 by the end of the year to secure the license and get on the air early next year.

Irvine envisions a listener-supported, commercial-free station like The Summit, which is available locally at 90.7 FM.

The Akron-based station is locally owned and operated, playing a variety of music as well as promoting local artists and musicians.

“We invite local song writers and musicians to submit playlists of their material,” Irvine said, adding he can already stream music over the Internet.

“We will play everything from country to rock to jazz, any good, uplifting music and FCC friendly, meaning no bad language.”

Donations may be made to Irvine’s company — MC2 Inc. — through its account at the GNC credit union.

More information is available by calling (724) 856-0774 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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