TROY —Don’t touch that dial, coming up next is Troy’s very own radio station coming at you live at 107.1 FM.
With a scenic view of downtown Troy’s Public Square, Troy Community Radio hit the airwaves last month to broadcast local news, sports and music, which can be found at 107.1 WTJN-FM.
Troy Community Radio had humble beginnings, starting out in Scott Hornberger’s downtown Troy apartment where he and fellow radio enthusiast Clint Myers began broadcasting online at www.tcrtroycommunityradio.com. The station still streams its live radio feed online so listeners out of state and around the world can tune in to what’s happening in Troy.
“We wanted a station to be local and the focus to be just on Troy,” said Clint Myers. “People can tune in and listen to their grandchildren play football or baseball here in town or if they live far way, they can listen online even if they live in Florida.”
Hornberger said obtaining the federal FCC license on Feb. 14 was a huge milestone for the non-profit station.
“We’re growing quickly,” he said. “We believed that Troy deserved its own radio station and so getting that license was huge for us.”
After years building their own radio experience at regional stations, both Hornberger and Myers agreed that their goal of starting their own radio station in Troy was to bring back radio to its roots.
“Our focus is local, local, local. If it’s happening in Troy, we’re there,” Hornberger said. “This is local radio the way it’s meant to be.”
The station outfitted its new FM antennae in mid-March to expand its bandwidth to the area’s airwaves, which can reach as far as Covington, Piqua and eastern parts of the county.
The 107.1 FM station boasts its own morning talk show with Clint Myers and Lori Younce from 6-10 a.m. during the work week. The morning shows is followed by “The At Work Network with Clint” from 10 a.m to 5 p.m Monday through Friday.
The station’s music collection is workplace friendly, Younce said.
“We love doing the morning show so people can tune in and listen to what is going on around Troy,” she said.”I love talking to people out on the street who appreciate what we are doing or who text me and say they are enjoying our morning show. It’s a lot of fun.”
The station also features play-by-play of Troy High School’s football, baseball and basketball games. The station also features Troy Christian High School varsity games on the air. Dave Fisher and high school student David Driver provide the color commentary for each of the sports features at WTJN.
Troy Community Radio also has a Saturday morning show beginning at 9 a.m., which features Mayor Michael Beamish’s report, Troy Area Chamber “Chat,” park reports and other community information.
Hornberger said he and his radio colleagues will be at many events broadcasting live, including the upcoming Business Expo at Hobart Arena, Troy Main Street events and other downtown Troy happenings.
The crew also does its own in-house underwriting features for local businesses and sponsors.
Other features of the radio station are: “Scott’s 80s at 8” every Wednesday, The K’s Hamburger Shop’s Sunday Night “Surfin Safari” with Eddie Taylor from 6 p.m. to midnight and “The Night Capper Show” Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight. The station also broadcasts live from local restaurants and bars throughout the Troy area.
For more information about Troy Community Radio, visit www.tcrtroycommunityradio.com or turn that dial to 107.1 FM.
Melanie Yingst can be reached at (937) 440-5254(937) 440-5254 or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews