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Scheele speaks with BDN about current state of UMaine radio station

Kenda Scheele, assistant vice president for Student Life at the University of Maine, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for an article about the current state of WMEB 91.9 FM, UMaine’s student-run radio station. WMEB’s terrestrial signal has been off the air since a fire at the transmitter site in January. However, the station continues to have an online streaming presence, accessible on its website, according to the article. UMaine’s Division of Student Life, which oversees WMEB’s budget, will decide when replacements to restore the signal will be made. Several of the equipment pieces cost more than $20,000, meaning a bid will need to be put out in order for the university to purchase it, the BDN reported. “We’re in the process now of figuring out what exactly we need, and where do we get it, and making sure all the different parties here at the university that need to be consulted are consulted,” said Scheele, who hoped to nail down a timeline for restoring the signal in the next two weeks. “This is the first time I or any of us have had to figure out something like this, so we’re just taking it one step at a time.” Scheele also spoke with WABI (Channel 5) about the repairs. and the Associated Press also published a report on the station. Maine Public, U.S. News & World Report and SFGate carried the AP story.

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