Since April 1999, WVGR has been transmitting from a temporary site, with a reduced operating power of 20,000 watts. In that time, the station made plans to construct its own tower in West Michigan. Funds were raised from member donations, along with significant government and foundation support, and construction began on a new transmitter and tower site in Barry County.
This new, state of the art facility has restored WVGR’s 104.1 FM signal to its original strength, 90,000 watts, allowing the station to broadcast in full digital HD (high definition) audio. This change has greatly improved reception in areas now receiving WVGR, and brought Michigan Radio back to listeners who have been unable to receive the signal since 1999.
“West Michigan is a very important member and listener base for Michigan Radio,” said Stephen Schram, Director of Michigan Public Media. “These upgrades will allow us to continue providing our public radio service with an even stronger and clearer signal. We look forward to serving those listeners and members we’ve missed since 1999, as well as new listeners who are hearing us for the first time.”
Michigan Radio is West Michigan’s most listened-to public radio station, broadcasting on WVGR 104.1 FM. The station also broadcasts on WUOM 91.7 FM in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area and WFUM 91.1 FM in Flint.