Indiana station puts news on FM with translator purchase

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WBAA in West Lafayette, Ind., added an FM frequency Friday.

The new translator, 105.9 FM, will rebroadcast the news and talk programming already airing on a WBAA AM signal.

“We heard the requests from our listeners to put the WBAA News format on FM,” Mike Savage, the station’s general manager, said in a press release. “This is the first time our listeners will be able to hear AM920 programming on FM.”

Purdue University, WBAA’s licensee, bought the translator from Kaspar Broadcasting Co. in Frankfort, Ind., for $45,000. It used funds from listener donations for the purchase.

WBAA also airs classical on an FM signal.