The island’s first-ever radio station went on the air this morning, broadcasting Put-in-Bay news and a two-hour talk show with local islanders as guests.
WPIB, PutinBayRadio.com, signed-on at 6 a.m. from its new island studio in the PIB Chamber of Commerce offices.
The radio station is the only broadcast facility in Ohio to be headquartered on an island.
WPIB stands for We’re Put-in-Bay and is a sister station to WPCR, Port Clinton and Ottawa County’s only other radio broadcasting facility. The radio stations are owned by Ottawa Broadcasting LLC.
“We felt that Put-in-Bay needed its own radio station due to the tremendous draw and appeal it has to tourists and visitors to Ottawa County,” said Greg Peiffer, President of Ottawa Broadcasting. “There is just so much summertime activity here on the Island that another media avenue to distribute information was a natural idea. And telling non-islanders about life here in the winter is pretty interesting too!”
WPIB joins other Internet stations as part of the new way to listen to the radio. It broadcasts its main signal over the Internet — which can then be heard by listeners using their desktop or laptop computers, tablets, smart phones and Wi-Fi radios and now in some select 2012 automobiles.
The station’s programming will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will feature Put-in-Bay local and area news two times per hour from 6 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. At 10 o’clock on those days, Joan Bryden’s Talk@Ten show will feature guests from Ottawa County and, each and every Wednesday, will exclusively feature island residents, business owners and guests.
“We want to tell the entire world about life on the island, what is here and what South Bass Island is about,” said Bryden, who also serves as the program director for both radio stations.
Those tuning into WPIB will also hear the familiar voice of Tom Brady, the mainstay of island announcements and advertisements for more than two decades. Brady voiced all the WPIB station liners and promos including those announcing upcoming songs from talented island performers like Bob Gatewood, Mike “Mad Dog” Adams and Ray Fogg.
“One thing you’ll hear exclusively on WPIB are those island entertainers that are regular draws to Put-in-Bay,” Peiffer said. “In fact, Bob Gatewood will even have his own one-hour show featuring interviews and music from all the bands and performers that appear here on the Island.”
Another specialty program will be more serious, with local island resident Patrick Meyers as host.
“Patrick will talk about the inner workings of government, schools and the other islands and have full-time residents as guests,” Peiffer said.
One face that will become familiar is that of Dorothy Henry who is WPCR and WPIB’s Sales Manager. Dorothy has already contacted several businesses getting them onboard with radio commercials, web banners and program sponsorships.
“When you need some good, positive publicity about anything and everything happening here in the islands, please make sure you let us know. WPIB is here to serve the community,” Peiffer said.
WPIB can be found online at www.putinbayradio.com.