Public radio switch gets turned on in Mathews
WHRO president and CEO Bert Schmidt was all smiles as board member Elizabeth Young of Hartfield, pushed the "on" button under the eye of chief enterprise officer John Heimerl, chief engineer Chris Gunnufsen, and senior RF engineer Glenn Hickman. Also present were Mathews County schools superintendent David Holleran and technology coordinator Bill Vrooman.
WHRG—the "G" stands for Gloucester, since the call letters WHRM were already taken—is a 9,600-watt re-feed of the National Public Radio affiliate WHRV FM in Norfolk, said Heimerl. Located at 88.5 on the radio dial, the new station should offer good reception from Yorktown to White Stone and beyond, he said.
In addition to the current WHRV programming, Heimerl said that WHRG also includes two high definition channels: Speakeasy, HD2, which offers additional news and talk shows, including the second hour of the Diane Rehm show; and Alt Radio, HD3, which offers music 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
According to its website, WHRO Public Television and Radio is a non-commercial, educational institution and cultural resource dedicated to enriching the Hampton Roads community through public television, public radio, education, internet, video-conferencing, digital wireless cable, teleconferencing and satellite uplink services.