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Group Trying to Start New Nashville Radio Station

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Posted at 10:15 PM, Aug 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:37:52-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A group of radio deejays is asking for the community's support to help bring a new radio station to Nashville.

Board members of WXNA radio describe the station as “low power, high voltage radio.” They said it will be a community radio station that will reflect the diverse music scene in Nashville.

“We have people coming out of the wood work who want to do a show on swing music, or a show on old country, or other types of music that aren’t getting heard right now in Nashville,” said Heather Lose, a member of WXNA’s Board of Directors.

Lose and other board members said they have secured non-profit status, a FCC license, a tower location and a frequency. Now they are hoping the community will help them raise the money needed to hit the airwaves.

A new Kickstarter page has already raised more than $27,000 with a goal of $50,000 in the next 15 days. Board members say they are thrilled to see the support.

“We are seeing big pledges and small pledges,” said Randy Fox, a member of the WXNA Board of Directors. “It’s great to see people pledging what they can.”

The board of directors for WXNA is made up of deejays from WRVU, the old community radio station at Vanderbilt University. Some board members said when that station went off the air, it left a void in the Nashville market. Now, they hope to bring another community radio station to Nashville that everyone can enjoy.

“What’s happened is because of corporate control, you go from city to city and you hear the same radio station where ever you go,” said Fox. “We’re going to have our own personality and it will be a place where you can hear things and say. ‘wow! what was that?’”

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If fundraising goals are met, board members hope WXNA will on the air by June 2016.

WRFN-LP Radio Free Nashville is also a community radio station, and completely locally owned and operated by volunteers from the Nashville and Middle Tennessee community.  Founders followed a similar approach in launching the station in April of 2005.  Last year, the station expanded to a second frequency, and can now be heard throughout the city.  The station still accepts donations from the community.  For more information visit: http://www.radiofreenashville.org/