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Signal Disturbance for Highlands Area Listeners


WCQS recently learned that its signal to the Highlands area at 101.7 FM will soon be bumped by another station. The other station, located in South Carolina, was granted a Transmitter at the same frequency. Because our frequency at 101.7 is only a translator, WCQS listeners in the Highlands area will experience a signal loss effective this Sunday morning.

WCQS engineers will install a directional antenna on Sunday, which will allow us to broadcast at reduced power, providing limited coverage to the downtown Highlands area. WCQS will operate at reduced power on the 101.7 frequency until assigned a new frequency from the FCC.

WCQS filed the necessary paperwork with the FCC for am expedited approval  for new frequency. Once granted a new attenna will be installed, allowing us to restore service to our listeners in the affected areas, including the communities of Highlands, Cashiers and Sapphire.

We apologize for the inconvenience and are doing everything we can to minimize the impact of this disruption. In the meanwhile you can listen to the WCQS stream online and/or check out our mobile app.

Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please contact us at membership@wcqs.org.

Michelle Keenan is the Associate Director of Development at Blue Ridge Public Radio. She began volunteering for the station in 1996 and has been a full-time staff member since 1998.