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November 23, 2009

Old Radio Signal Gets Farm Fresh Sound

FarmFresh102-9-Logo If you've tuned into WCLX (102.9 FM) recently and heard music wafting through your car stereo, you're not imagining things.

As Seven Days readers recall, WCLX was taken off the air Labor Day weekend after a dispute between the station owners — Diane Desmond and Russ Kinsley — and the license holder Dennis Jackson.

Since being booted off the air by Jackson in September, Desmond and Kinsley have been broadcasting via the Internet. And, trying to raise the funds to bring their music back to radio-land.

But, the sounds coming from 102.9 FM — dubbed "Farm Fresh" —  is not a rebirth of WCLX. Instead, the music mix originates from a couple associated with the non-profit station WMUD. They hope to buy the license from Jackson. 

The WMUD format is different than the format at WCLX, said station manager Chip Morgan in an e-mail to Seven Days. WMUD is a nonprofit, low-power FM station headquartered in Bridport.

"It's an evolution of the WMUD format. Much more rock and blues oriented. WMUD is more roots and folk oriented," wrote Morgan. "Both stations include current Americana music and other current albums, as appropriate for their audience."

Desmond tells Seven Days she and Kinsley have found a new frequency for their album-oriented rock and will be back on the air in the near future. Stay tuned for details, she said.

Desmond says the new station will also have new call letters, since WCLX is already assigned to 102.9 FM.

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