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Recently the parish, which includes Holy Family Church in Stanley, St. Joseph Church in Boyd and St. Rose of Lima Church in Cadott, established a radio station, call letters WASB-LP, that operates out of St. Joseph Church’s basement.
About the only visible sign of the activity is a small antenna that protrudes from the church’s chimney. But area residents, and anyone driving by on Highway 29, can pick up the signal at 96.5 FM.
Deacon Ned Willkom of Cadott has been tuning in.
“It’s something I’ve enjoyed waking up to instead of my alarm clock,” he said. But Willkom is more than just a listener. The 60-year-old, newly-retired dentist has been leading the effort to get the station’s signal going.
The radio station falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communication Commission’s Low Power FM radio service. The FCC began the service in 2000 to give non-commercial or educational organizations a venue to get their messages on the airwaves. Since then, the service has seen growing numbers of stations filling a hyper-local niche.