WCBN Declares FM Is Dead, To Become TV Channel

Dear viewers, thank you for your support as we begin a very exciting journey together!  Effective immediately, we are switching from our traditional freeform music and public affairs programming to basic cable.  You will still receive the same great personality programming, only with cameras instead of microphones.  Well, microphones, too, but cameras now, also.

Market data has driven this decision, and we think, just weeks after our record fundraiser, that switching to TV offers much better revenue possibilities: ads, product placement, and syndication options that simply don’t exist through traditional FM broadcasts.  We will be spending most of this year’s fundraiser success on purchasing the rights to quality programming like Coronation Street, Gunsmoke, and the Mike Douglas Show.  Soon you will be able to purchase and FM-to-TV adapter to harness WCBN TV from your radio.

Of course, we hold the freeform format near and dear to our hearts, but we are not financially capable of purchasing the rights to enough shows to match our 70,000 records, so we will start with a (very) small number of shows and play them 24 hours a day, every day.

You will still be able to call in requests at 734.763.3500, but we probably will not answer since that looks unprofessional on TV.  

Will we have original programming?  Yes!  But first we need to do some training on TV cameras and that kind of thing.  Our current thinking is a quiz show on famous TV shows.  Most of our DJs only know music, so it will take some time to get everyone up to speed.

Please feel free to write to us at manager@wcbn.org to congratulate us on the big switch to the small screen!  

 

Thanks for watching!

Karl

General Manager | WCBN