WBCR-LP

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WBCR-LP
WBCR-LP title.png
City Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Broadcast area Primary: Great Barrington, MA and Southern Berkshire County
Frequency 97.7 MHz
First air date October 23, 2004
Format Low Power FM Community Radio
ERP 100 watts
HAAT -179.6 meters
Class L1
Callsign meaning Berkshire Community Radio
Owner Berkshire Community Radio Alliance
Webcast 128k Stream
Website berkshireradio.org

WBCR-LP is a low power FM radio station with office and studio located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, broadcasting on the 97.7 FM frequency. The organization's legal name is "Berkshire Community Radio Alliance," and is also known as "Berkshire Community Radio" or "BCR."

WBCR-LP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-run, non-commercial, community radio station with over 70 locally produced shows currently on the air. With a broadcast radius between 8 and 15 miles, depending on terrain, it serves the southern portion of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. WBCR-LP also streams live on the internet.

History[edit]

WBCR-LP commenced broadcasting on October 23, 2004.

Full power upgrade[edit]

On March 31, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the licensee of WBCR-LP, Berkshire Community Radio Alliance, a construction permit for 89.5 MHz from the American Towers communications tower in Hillsdale, New York. When built, the station would have run 550 watts vertical from 144 meters above average terrain.[1] However, in March 2013 the Board of Directors voted to remain as a low power station and turned the construction permit over to NEPR (New England Public Radio) which then constructed WNNU, basically an all news and talk station.

Underwriting[edit]

In December 2013, WBCR-LP began accepting underwriting from local businesses and institutions.

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Coordinates: 42°11′31″N 73°22′19″W / 42.192°N 73.372°W / 42.192; -73.372