WFMU seeking donations for repair to FM transmitters
We knew that the WFMU Record Fair was cancelled, but now comes word that he Hurricane did some damage to the radio station as well:
The aftermath of Frankenstorm (actually Frankenstorm was the name of the doctor, it really should be called Frankenstorm’s Monster) left WFMU with no electricity in our Jersey City studios, and at BOTH of our FM transmitters (91.1 FM and 90.1 FM). We tried rubbing many balloons on our heads and holding it near the equipment, but no dice. For two days, we streamed WFMU in Exile from various DJs’ homes, or the shanties and mini-vans that they call their ‘homes’. Despite that shanty crack in the previous sentence, our DJ’s are just the best and we perpetually salute their dedication. On Thursday morning, we resumed (semi-)normal programming after electricity was restored to our studios. And then reality started settling in, as we discovered tons of critical equipment that was fried by the electrical chaos that Sandy hurled our way. And both of our FM transmitters are still down.
Fortunately, everybody from the WFMU staff is safe, and miraculously WFMU’s basement did not flood, despite the Hudson River coming within 50 feet of our front door… The environment around Hudson County, Staten Island, Rockaway, lower Manhattan and Brooklyn is akin to the film The Road. Or The Walking Dead. No, it’s Road Warrior.. Wait, it’s actually a bit more like The Road… But with your help, we will make it feel like Herbie Goes Bananas real soon. Please help!
The radio station is extending their silent fundraiser for a few extra weeks to help recover lost revenue and get the FM transmitters up and running. Donate if you can.