WOOD Boosts Regional Signal

October 29, 2003
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — News radio WOOD 1300AM, a Clear Channel station, has been authorized by the Federal Communications Commission to broadcast at 20,000 watts, 24 hours a day.

Under a program test authority, the station may now commence 24-hour operation of its new 20,000-watt transmitter facility located in northern Allegan County.

WOOD has been running a daytime only testing of the new transmitter for the past month. Clear Channel’s vice president and regional market manager, Skip Essick, said the technical upgrade will greatly enhance the station’s signal in metro Grand Rapids.

“In the past, we have had nulls in areas to the north, northeast and east in our metro area,” said Essick. “Listeners in Ada, Cascade, Grand Rapids Township, Lowell, Rockford and Greenville will especially notice the difference.”

Clear Channel began the process of upgrading WOOD’s transmitting plant more than two years ago.

“This is the culmination of several months of hard work on the part of our exceptional engineering team headed by Don Missad,” said Essick. “I’ve driven the signal and am more than pleased with the results. I know the listeners in our area will now be better served with the information services provided exclusively by WOOD AM.”           

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