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CHRW ready to power up to 94.9

By Dan Perry
Gazette Staff
Rachel Cartwright/Gazette
THE TOWER OF POWER WITH JIMMY SWAGGART, ER, CHRW 94.9 FM. CHRW host Adam Dafoe works the airwaves on the station’s new frequency of 94.9 FM. Next up: world domination.

CHRW 94.9 FM general manager Mario Circelli invoked the Jeffersons to describe the campus radio station’s recent frequency change: “We’re movin’ on up.”

The station has erected a new tower at One London Place, which will allow them to move up the dial from 94.7 FM to 94.9, a move that allows the station to double its power — and that’s a good thing.

“We’re really excited about it; we’re moving from 3,000 to 6,000 watts. It’s going to give us superior coverage [and] it’s going to give us a much stronger signal — it’s gonna kick ass, basically,” Circelli said.
Circelli said CHRW’s old range only extended an area a little bigger than the city of London itself; radios could bring in the signal through an area that ended just short of Lucan to the north and Strathroy to the west.

The signal is also switching from a circular to a directional pattern, which will allow it to be heard as far west as Grand Bend and as far east as Port Stanley, Circelli reported. The new broadcast range stretches to the south of Kitchener-Waterloo and just north of Chatham as well.

The changeover happens on-air today at 3 p.m., during long time volunteer Matt Vautier’s show, and will feature guitarist Doug MacGregor of The Constantines.

“This is really special because The Constantines are from London. We’ve supported them since they started and they’ve been recently signed to Sub-Pop, which is huge,” Circelli noted. CHRW will continue the celebration by hosting The Constantines in its first live-to-air show tonight from Call The Office, he added.

CHRW falls under the portfolio of University Students’ Council VP-finance Rohan Belliappa, who said the project has been in the works for many years. “The USC is quite excited to see the project coming to completion and the ongoing legend of the mighty Radio Western,” he said.

“The first opportunity is to redevelop and rejuvenate CHRW over a larger listening area, which makes it more convenient for the student body and the community,” said USC general manager Mark Sellars.
Despite the last three months of advertising, many students at Western were unaware the change was imminent.

“I think if I was aware of what was going on, I’d probably rather listen to a Western station than a Fanshawe [College] one,” confessed fourth-year sociology student Andrea Delvecchio, saying she normally listened to 106.9 FM. “Maybe I’ll try [CHRW].”

“[Campus radio] is a great way for bands to expose themselves. I didn’t even know what frequency [CHRW] was — so I’ll probably be checking,” said Jeremy Hudson, a third-year kinesiology student.



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