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Transmitter Power Up Ensures The Bridge Reaches Loyal Listeners

The Bridge (WKNZ-FM, Harrington/Dover, DE) turned on, and dedicated, its brand new state of the art broadcast transmitter Thursday afternoon, June 14.

“Our used tube transmitter has been showing its age”, said Bridge manager Bill Sammons. “The last time it went off the air, our engineers repaired it by using parts from two bad components and making one good one, but it was obvious that we couldn’t do that for long.”

The new Nautel transmitter project cost nearly $95,000 with 100% of the funds being provided by over 350 Bridge supporters, so when the new unit was turned on yesterday by Bridge listener Terri Engish, it was fully paid for. The new transmitter is Solid State and is expected to reduce the stations electric power by 50%. The older transmitter will now be maintained and used exclusively as an emergency back up unit.

The Bridge received financial contributions from over 300 donors who supported this special project. Replacing the old transmitter was a need which went above and beyond the ongoing operational budget. The Bridge was able to juggle both and come out stronger! Many donors commented on how much they love The Bridge and that being able to contribute to something so special and lasting was important to them.

A transmitter can be likened to the heart of a radio station – transmitting the radio waves which make it possible to hear the music and messaging. It could be said that The Bridge needed a ‘heart transplant’ and our faithful donors stepped up to make that possible!

Some donors shared stories of how The Bridge has impacted and changed their lives. Some gave in honor of loved ones who have passed away. While others gave in honor of future generations that have yet to find The Bridge! All in all… a very successful campaign with an amazing outcome! To God be the Glory!

88.7 The Bridge is a non-profit, community-supported Christian music radio station serving most of the Delmarva Peninsula and southern New Jersey via 3 frequencies, 88.7, 92.5, and 94.3. The station is also available online via its free app or www.887thebridge.com