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“Save Our Shortwave,” Says WRMI

Broadcaster asks for donations to repair damage to antenna arrays

Shortwave broadcaster WRMI is asking for financial help to rebuild its large antenna facility in Okeechobee, Fla.

“Hurricane Ian damage to our antenna farm is so extensive, it has knocked us off the air to Europe and Africa,” wrote General Manager Jeff White in an appeal on GoFundMe.

“We need your help to get us back on the air again to transmit to Europe and Africa news, information, religious programming and entertainment.”

Radio Miami International is a commercial international shortwave radio station with studios in Miami and studios and transmitters in Okeechobee. It sells blocks of airtime to outside organizations. Entities with time blocks on its schedule include Radio Ukraine International, Radio Slovakia, Overcomer Ministry, Supreme Master TV and Radio Liberty.

Aerial view of WRMI’s facility before Ian damaged parts of it.

White said the organization does not have insurance for its antenna farm due to the cost of insurance premiums.

“Your help will allow WRMI to rebuild the transmission towers destroyed by Hurricane Ian that are pointed towards Europe and Africa. … Hurricane Ian knocked us down pretty hard. But we know with your help, we can rise back up and provide programming in many languages again to Europe and Africa.”

[Related: “A Look Inside WRMI”]