About WIMP AM Radio

(June 16, 2019)

WIMP AM is operating with an FCC approved Part 15 AM Radio transmitter. Utilizing a Talking House Part 15 AM transmitter from ISS/I.a.m Transmitters with a indoor antenna, the range of the station appears to be about 3 to 4 blocks right now.

During the initial testing phase, we'll continue to air the National Weather Service forecasts. This This allows tweaking of the new studio equipment and readying the new studio gear for on air use.

By the end of July 2019 WIMP AM Radio will offer a Smooth Jazz music format. It will also be a non commercial station but air some Public Service Announcements as a service to the listeners within our broadcast radius.

The main focus of the station will be to entertain the people within the short listening radius with a music format not currently serving our local market. This station will continue operate as a non commercial venture and act as a platform to provide good music to anyone within earshot.

The obstacles to developing a legal, low power AM station in this location are numerous and present more than just minor challenges to getting maximum range under normal environmental circumstances. Additional testing with an outdoor antenna is planned for the Fall of 2019 with the Talking House transmitter. Interruptions in the Smooth Jazz music at that time are likely as other formats are tested from time to time to get a better understanding of how the new equipment works.

Part 15 AM Broadcasting

What is Part 15 AM radio broadcasting? For the uninitiated, the FCC allows unlicensed broadcasting at extremely low power levels in a variety of radio bands including the AM broadcast band.

There are several FCC approved transmitters on the market used by thousands of private individuals and companies around the country that broadcast to a specific neighborhood, community or multiple communities when using multiple transmitters. The larger a station's reach, the more potential listeners they can gain. Some are run as actual commercial entities and sound just like the big, high watt licensed stations in your area, others are non profit and sound like professional non commercial stations. Still others and likely most are used by individuals that just like to play music or talk to serve their local neighborhood or area.