Michigan State University’s student-run radio station WDBM-FM (88.9 The Impact) replaced their 30-year-old broadcast antenna last week at the tower site in East Lansing.
Ed Glazer, General Manager of the station, said the old antenna outlasted its 15-year lifespan, but in recent years had been suffering from “diminished efficiency.”
The new antenna, which cost between $10,000 and $15,000 was paid for by the station’s general fund. Workers from JT Tower Service, Clarksville, Michigan spend several hours in mid-Michigan’s chilly spring air working high on the station’s 300-foot tower removing and replacing the old antenna. WDBM’s antenna is mounted on one tower of the WKAR-AM directional array.
More than 100 student volunteers work at the station, which has a music format consisting of alternative, rock and independent music as well as specialty music programs. The station has been broadcasting since 1989.