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Lake Wylie Community Radio Website Launched

(July 22,  2003) The Lake Wylie Community Radio Project has launched a website as part of its campaign to bring a new, local radio service to Lake Wylie.  The site, www.lakeradio.org, offers local weather, current lake levels, and weather radar.  In addition to providing information on the new radio station, the site has a number of other features including a community forum with a variety of lake related topics.  You’ll also find links to all sorts of Lake Wylie related websites.  In the near future a section on boating tips will be added along with a daily fishing report.

“Response to the plans for a radio station has been tremendous”, said John Dolive, Director of the Lake Wylie Community Radio Project, a non profit organization.  “We needed a way to spread the word about plans for the station and a method of interacting with the community and a website seemed the ideal way,” according to Dolive.

The Lake Wylie Community Radio Project is a non-profit, educational organization.  Its mission is to establish and operate a non-commercial; educational, 100-watt FM radio broadcast station to serve the Lake Wylie Community.  The station, WYLI-LP, 93.7 FM, will offer a unique, community oriented radio service with news, information and special educational programming of specific interest to people who live on Lake Wylie and to the thousands of visitors who come to Lake Wylie to enjoy its recreational activities.   The station is expected to go on the air in early 2004.

The station will cover the lake and immediate surrounding area, including Lake Wylie, Tega Cay, and Steele Creek.  Coverage will extend out in a radius of about 7-9 miles from the transmitter near the Buster Boyd Bridge.

“Our Community will benefit in many ways from having our own radio station”, according to Dolive.  “Residents and visitors are kept informed of community news and issues and are provided with informative programs that relate to life on the lake.  The community has an open forum for discussing issues that affect the area.  Area businesses have an opportunity to participate in the programming in their areas of expertise and to be associated with supporting this community voice.  A good local radio station can be a vital part of a dynamic community and can promote sensible growth, local commerce, environmental conservation, community spirit and civic pride!”

The organization's financial support is expected to come from listeners, area businesses, grants from private foundations and government grants. The Lake Wylie Community Radio Project is a tax exempt, 501(c) (3) organization and contributions to the organization are tax deductible.

The organization was formed by Dolive, veteran broadcaster, NBC6 executive, and Lake Wylie resident.  Serving on the board of directors are Mary Dolive, Tega Cay resident and former NBC6 executive Jean Fuller, and Fred Freiberger of Lake Wylie.  Dolive said, “This will be a local, community oriented station run by people who live in this community.  We are doing this because we love Lake Wylie and we know that this station can be an important part of this community!”

You can visit the new website at www.lakeradio.org.