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WFUV Embarks on Antenna Project

Tells listeners service will be affected during weekdays

Fordham University’s WFUV(FM) in New York will reduce its main air signal dramatically for eight hours each weekday, for a two-week period, this month.

The reason: an antenna upgrade project.

The noncom public station at 90.7 MHz “will be working to improve listener reception by upgrading its main antenna over the next several weeks, making its signal stronger in Manhattan and parts of New Jersey,” it stated in an announcement.

“While construction on the antenna takes place, 90.7 FM (and all corresponding HD Radio channels) will be off the air from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays from Thursday, Nov. 5 through Wednesday, Nov. 18.” The station said its service will be heard as usual in the evenings, overnights and weekends.

It also said reception during the down times will still be possible in parts of upper Manhattan and nearby parts of Queens and New Jersey.

“Throughout the entire period of construction, listeners will be able to hear regular programming as usual online at via streaming audio, as well as on iPods and iPhones with the free WFUV application,” it stated.

The station says on its Web site that it is aiming for better reception in much of its listening area, “but especially in areas west and south-west of our transmitter site,” after the project is done. It also noted in the FAQ that it had installed a new antenna not long ago but “it didn’t meet our expectations.” This project is also separate from a planned booster, its second. The pending booster will serve lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.