ITHACA -- Public radio listeners are noticing some recent changes on the FM dial, thanks to the anticipated launch of WITH 90.1. Ithaca's Community Radio at 88.1FM (W201CD), which had been simulcasting Geneva-based WEOS, is now simulcasting a Binghamton-area station's signal instead. Updated 5/19.
News of the changes come via this week's edition of NorthEast Radio Watch, published this morning. Scott Fybush reports ICR changed the simulcast because WITH is jointly-operated by Rochester's WXXI in cooperation with Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva. WEOS, which was previously carried by ICR, is also operated by the colleges.
ICR says it's nothing against WEOS: according to Fybush, ICR expects to lose its reception of WEOS (89.7) when WITH (90.1) signs on later this month.
As a result, Ithaca Community Radio is simulcasting WSQX from Binghamton, a station that's already been available in Ithaca on WSQG-HD2. The temporary simulcast will allow listeners without HD radio to sample WSQX's lineup. That's temporary because Fybush reports ICR is building its own studios, as it works towards launching its own full-power station, WINO 88.9. Once WINO goes live, ICR will carry that station on 89.9.
Updated 5/18 and again 5/19 to reflect frequency corrections.