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WFUV Seeks Funds for New Booster

Station Aims to Raise $75,000

WFUV(FM) in New York is trying to raise funds for a new booster and asking listeners for their support.

The Fordham University licensee wants to put a stronger signal into portions of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. WFUV says its signal, coming from the Bronx, gets blocked by Manhattan skyscrapers, and that an additional transmitter would boost the signal so that potentially, more than 1 million additional listeners in New York City would hear the signal.

The station has received an okay from the Federal Communications Commission to mount a booster antenna on West 31st St. in Manhattan.

WFUV has a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and another grant in negotiations; Additionally, FJC, a foundation of donor-advised funds, has offered a challenge grant of $25,000 if the station’s listeners will contribute the remaining $75,000.