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WAKT 106.1 LPFM Toledo Community Radio Starts July 1

After nearly three years in the making, the Toledo Low Power FM Radio Project became Toledo Integrated Media Education, and on Friday, July 1, 2016, the group will launch its non-profit community radio station, WAKT 106.1.

Station links:


From the station's website:

We Act is an up-and-coming multimedia news outlet launching soon in Toledo, Ohio committed to bringing a culture of positive engagement to the local media landscape by helping our audience become participants - not just observers - of the community they live in.

Excerpts from the Blade story

The community-driven station begins broadcasting July 1, said Sean Nestor, the stationís founder and treasurer.

The station will feature mostly original, local content as well as some syndicated programming.

Show ideas seem to be split equally between music and talk programs. Important to the radio group is promoting Toledo's music scene, Nestor said.

Station planning began in 2013 when Nestor learned that the Federal Communications Commission would open a window for low-power FM station applications that November.

The stationís governing board of nine people is working to raise additional funds, setting a goal of $25,000 to $30,000 to pay for the studio equipment and the tower. The studio will be housed in the Collingwood Arts Center and the tower will be placed atop the Original Sub and Deli at 402 Broadway.

Once all of the equipment is purchased and the station established, the annual budget will be about $10,000.

The station is not allowed to be a commercial enterprise, so they canít sell advertising. The station can, however, have underwriting for programs and also have paid memberships ó much like NPR or PBS.

WAKT will have its strongest signal within three-to-five miles of the South Toledo tower, and should be listenable throughout Toledo, Mr. Nestor said.

The station's board members plan to do more online, like simulcast programs or post podcasts of each show.

Anyone interested in applying for a radio show, or contributing financially, can do so on the station's website,

Back in 2005, I had a dream or an hallucination that was inspired by the pirate radio/micro radio session that I attended at the 2005 Allied Media Conference when it was held at BGSU.

Non-profit community radio. Is that possible? Wouldn't need much power. Just enough for Toledo and the immediate surrounding area.

Imagine a show hosted by GuestZero, anonymouscoward, and babbleman? I'd be downloading the podcast for that one, so I could hear it again.

Toledo Talk Radio would be an audio trainwreck, appealing to our natural voyeuristic curiosity. I mean, come on. Who doesn't slow down to view carnage?

Toledo Talk Radio would be controlled madness. Highly intelligent insanity.

"Radio Free Toledo" broadcasting illegally as a 100-watt LPFM.

But when the FCC briefly opened up LPFM applications in 2013, I guess the need for pirate radio has diminished a little. It's probably better to do these things legally.

June 2005 story :

Radio Free Brattleboro is a community-owned low-power pirate FM radio station. Federal marshalls seized RFB's equipment at 6:58 this morning, using a warrant issued in Burlington.

Brattleboro, VT now legally operates an LPFM station.

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Looks like they are a little shy of their fundraising goals:

posted by upso on Jun 29, 2016 at 09:16:51 pm     #  

debbie downer much, upso?

posted by hockeyfan on Jun 29, 2016 at 11:50:53 pm     #  

Who is Sean Nestor? The name sounds familiar.

posted by Molsonator on Jun 30, 2016 at 07:18:51 am     #  

Molsonator posted at 07:18:51 AM on Jun 30, 2016:

Who is Sean Nestor? The name sounds familiar.

In 2013, he ran for a Toledo City Council At-Large seat. Green Party candidate. He got my vote.

He finished 12th in the September 2013 primary. The top 12 made it to the November ballot where the top 6 wound up on city council.

posted by jr on Jun 30, 2016 at 08:01:06 am     #  

During that election phase of 2013, Nestor gave a presentation laying out his ideas and platform to our group. Of all the candidate presentations, his was easily the best.

I realize that considering who he was running against many would not consider the high water mark of that group to be significant, but he outclassed everybody. Sad that he did not do better. If he ever gets that train rolling again, I would gladly hitch my buggy to it.

posted by Solleks on Jun 30, 2016 at 11:37:20 pm     #  

Good luck with this endeavor.

One word of caution and advice: these things start with a great deal of enthusiasm, but that wanes as those who care about keeping it on the air come to realize that there are 168 hours that need to be filled with programming each week. And some programs begin to struggle with "what are we going to talk about this week?"

Don't be afraid of program repetition. Different people access radio at different times throughout the day. 3 people may bitch that "you're playing the same program again", but many more just heard the program for the first time.

Make podcasts available of each show asap. Remember, no copyrighted music on any podcast. Raw mic feed only, unless you want to have a very intimate relationship and anal probe from ASCAP/BMI/SESAC.

Good luck with your outreach to underrepresented groups. It's what LPFM is all about (at least that's the party line from the FCC)...

posted by oldhometown on Jul 01, 2016 at 12:54:47 am     #   1 person liked this

upso posted at 09:16:51 PM on Jun 29, 2016:

Looks like they are a little shy of their fundraising goals:

Don't know what it looked like when you posted this.

He now has $1695 of $2000 committed. That's over 80% in and $305 to goal.
38 gifts totaling $1695 in four days with two days left means he gets his transmitter, because 3 of those 38 people want to be the end money in and make this happen and will watch the progress.
Yeah... he's golden. I say he raises $2,200 by Sunday.

posted by justread on Jul 01, 2016 at 07:24:43 am     #  

I'm glad to hear it! Bless those "end money" people -- they have a special place reserved in heaven.

When I clicked on the station website, I noticed a they are looking for volunteers to host their own show. That also is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to speak out in an entertaining manner.

Does anyone here want their own radio program? Of course you do!

posted by viola on Jul 01, 2016 at 09:05:12 am     #  

Correction. $1750 now. $250 to go.

posted by justread on Jul 01, 2016 at 09:58:01 am     #  

stating the obvious - why not put together a ToledoTalk radio show? 30 minutes air time to cover 2-4 topics posted on the daily board.

posted by justareviewer on Jul 01, 2016 at 11:04:39 am     #  

The cast of characters is endless.

posted by Molsonator on Jul 01, 2016 at 11:09:07 am     #  

A local low power radio station that you can't even play music on? Sounds great.

posted by Ace_Face on Jul 01, 2016 at 12:14:53 pm     #  

One of the station's shows, Live and Local, hosted by Debbie DeSteno, will host local musicians who might play a song or two and then sit down for an interview.

Play a song or two of meuusssik?

So they can't play Eddie Money or Bad Company, but they can play live local artists. Original works from live local artists sounds perfect for this.

posted by justread on Jul 01, 2016 at 12:53:23 pm     #  

I'm pretty excited about this. I hope some of the local podcasters will step up to provide content.

posted by upso on Jul 01, 2016 at 01:50:22 pm     #  

The Brattleboro, VT community radio station has existed since 1998 or 2006, depending upon which start date you pick. Somehow, that community of about 12,000 people has enabled community radio to exist for at least 10 years. Their radio show schedule.

It seems that Toledo with a population of over 270,000 people could support at least one LPFM community radio station even if the entire city is not located within the listening radius.

posted by jr on Jul 01, 2016 at 03:13:38 pm     #  

WAKT's fundraising campaign reached its $2,000 goal.

posted by jr on Jul 02, 2016 at 08:13:55 am     #  


posted by upso on Jul 02, 2016 at 11:50:58 am     #  

upso posted at 01:50:22 PM on Jul 01, 2016:

I'm pretty excited about this. I hope some of the local podcasters will step up to provide content.

I've never been a podcaster, but I expect that I'd be good at it.

And now, direct from the bar, we have Mad Jack's Happy Hour!

::theme song Tobacco Road as played by the Nashville Teens and accompanied by a cocktail shaker on the bass line::

Good afternoon gents, ladies - here, top this off for me Honey - this afternoon I've got the local crime report with Sollecks and Ripper, then later on after we have a few, I'm hosting a three way debate on civil rights with our special guest Pooky from the Manor Boys, Molsonator, and Ripper.

Sound Man: Jack, the dog keeps biting the microphone.

Mad Jack: He thinks you're trying to play.

You know, this could work. What do you guys think?

posted by madjack on Jul 02, 2016 at 01:31:00 pm     #   1 person liked this

I would totally tune in to the madjack hour.

posted by upso on Jul 02, 2016 at 03:38:47 pm     #  

upso posted at 01:50:22 PM on Jul 01, 2016:

I'm pretty excited about this. I hope some of the local podcasters will step up to provide content.

Not to hijack-but, aside from "a call from" and "toledo matters"-what are your favorite toledo podcasts?

posted by ahmahler on Jul 02, 2016 at 04:04:05 pm     #  

that's all i got! :)

posted by upso on Jul 02, 2016 at 04:36:00 pm     #  

Some recent updates:

Excerpts from a July 20, 2016 WAKT Facebook post

Thanks to all of you who contributed to our GoFundMe drive, we not only met but also exceed our fundraising goal early in July.

We have used these funds to order all of the equipment needed to get started. It is in transit to the station and should arrive this week.

We have already received the tower! Our techs are working diligently in setting it all up.

Remember you can still apply to host your own show or to underwrite a program. You can also donate online and become a founding member by visiting us at

From their website:

Our original launch date of July 1 has been delayed while we await the installation of our studio equipment and tower. We have not set a launch date yet, but are on track to be broadcasting before the end of Summer 2016.

posted by jr on Jul 24, 2016 at 09:15:34 pm     #  

Just stumbled across this thread. Thanks for taking interest!

One thing I'd correct - we absolutely will be able to have music shows. As a non-profit, we pay a flat fee annually to BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC which grant us the right to play copyrighted music. So all of our hosts who wish to do music programming are covered.

And, in case anyone is curious - we've received our equipment (except the antenna, which is shipping August 15) and are setting up both the tower and studio this month. We hope to be broadcasting before the end of summer.

posted by seannestor on Aug 04, 2016 at 09:00:09 am     #   3 people liked this

Thanks for the update Sean!

posted by upso on Aug 04, 2016 at 10:47:29 am     #   1 person liked this

Aug 25, 2016 WAKT Facebook post

Looking for a way to get involved? We could use your help! As we set up the studio, we're in need of a few items:

- rugs
- power strips
- furniture, such as chairs.
- 2 technics type turn tables
- 2 home stereo type CD players.

Comment on this post, or message us if you can donate these items.
Thanks for your continued support!

This month, they became more active on Twitter.

Their YouTube channel with sample shows.??

posted by jr on Aug 29, 2016 at 07:44:30 pm     #