WOSP-Radio not quite ready to fly

Spinnaker

Osprey Radio, a member of the Center for Student Media trichotomy, has many obstacles to overcome before it begins streaming again.

At the moment, this station-in-the-works’ biggest issue deals with construction in their new Student Union office.

The disc jockey room was not constructed with the proper sound proofing, said John Timpe, student media advisor.

A request has been made to Facilities Planning.

However, Zak Ovadia, director of Facilities Planning, said it would take until the fall semester to complete the request.

A new change Osprey Radio might face is a possible call letter change from WOSP to WOPR, said Patrick Moore, Osprey Radio technical director.

But more importantly on the list of objectives is filling in staff.

Timpe said only two of the five-person staff have been hired, and both are new.

Another setback for the station is their lack of ability to have their own place on the dial.

Osprey Radio’s plan was to have a low-power FM station that would broadcast about a five-mile radius around UNF, Timpe said.

Low-power FM stations are more common in rural areas where there is plenty of space on the dial.

WOSP had a frequency chosen at 107.9, but when Congress decided to increase the distance low-power FM stations must be from a commercial station, they were no longer eligible, Timpe said.

But recently, in an appeals case in Washington, D.C., a circuit court sided with the low-power FM stations. This ruling did not change the distance increase, but suggests Congress to revisit the bill.

Now Osprey Radio is trying to begin the application process to get on the dial, but the frequency they are trying to pursue may no longer be available, Timpe said.

One possibility is for someone to kindly donate a spot on the dial and a transmitter, Timpe said, despite his suspicions that this is highly unlikely.

Nadine Robertson, station manager, said her goals for Osprey Radio are to increase listeners and also increase student involvement.

“I would also like to do a Woodstock-like concert where local artist are given the opportunity to display their work,” Robertson said.

Another goal for the station is to attain more listeners by making broadcasts available to students in their dorm rooms and in offices across campus through a cable like Osprey TV, Timpe said – an improvement from their previous Web-only existence.

Osprey Radio plans to be up and running online this fall, Moore said.