WRFR, Maine Coast TV to join forces

Jun 26, 2014

Rockland — WRFR, community radio for the Rockland-Camden area, and Maine Coast TV, Knox County’s community television station, have announced that they will be sharing space this fall in the new renovated Lincoln Street Center in Rockland.

The two broadcasters will be working together on joint broadcasting, special events, shared studio and office space, and sponsorship opportunities.

Joe Steinberger of WRFR said, “Our two groups have been taking about greater collaboration for some time now. We’re both non-commercial community media and have a lot in common By sharing studio space at the new Lincoln Street Center, we hope to do great things together.”

Robert Nichols of Maine Coast TV agrees. “The new Lincoln Street Center is an exciting turn-around for a treasured part of the local community. Putting our two stations in the Lincoln Street Center creates an amazing bond of three community-oriented organizations…two broadcasting stations in an exciting, active building.

“Even before the paint is dried, Lincoln Street is sponsoring a number of events and lining up a very interesting roster of clients. We will be able to broadcast events, both on radio and television, live from Lincoln Street and will have many potential venues within the building to use as studio spaces from a four hundred seat auditorium and a gymnasium to smaller, more intimate rooms. The tenants of the building also have numerous stories worth telling, not to mention the number of stories that the building itself can tell.”

WRFR is a community radio station broadcasting in Rockland on 93.3 FM and in Camden on 99.3 FM, and also streaming live around the world on WRFR.org. Broadcasting 24/7 with a wide variety of locally produced programming since 2001, WRFR is one of the leading low-power FM stations in the country

Maine Coast TV is the community television channel for all towns Knox County covered by Time Warner Cable, including the Rockland, Camden, Rockport, Thomaston, South Thomaston, St. George, Warren, Owls Head, North Haven and Vinalhaven. Maine Coast TV broadcasts a diverse mix of local programming not found on commercial stations, including the Al Gardner Show, the Humble Farmer, and Reigning Cats and Dogs from the Knox and Camden animal shelters. Maine Coast TV can be found on set top boxes and digital adapters on Channel 7 and on direct connected digital televisions on Channel 121-7. It also live streams special events worldwide, such as the Camden Toboggan Races.

The Lincoln Street School was built in 1868 right after the Civil War. Two wings were added in 1924. It has been the high school, the middle school and the elementary school. It’s a classic brick school with large windows, high ceilings, huge rooms, maple floors, large common areas, and a 500 seat theater. In 1996 it was abandoned by the school district and sold to a non-profit entity, the Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education. That group ran into financial problems and gave up the building in 2012. In 2013 the building was purchased by Mario Abaldo and brought back to life as an arts and education facility, retaining the name Lincoln Street Center.

“The move to the new Lincoln Street Center was an easy decision for WRFR because of the work and the spirit of its new owner Mario Abaldo. Mario understands the value and energy of the culture of our community, and he also understands how to renovate and maintain a building in a competent and sustainable fashion. We see a great future for the Lincoln Street Center and we’re proud to be a part of it," Steinberger said.

Construction of the WRFR and Maine Coast TV studio and office is in the planning stages with construction and move-in scheduled for this fall.

More information on WRFR can be found at wrfr.org and on Maine Coast TV at mainecoast.tv and facebook.com/pages/Maine-Coast-TV/1435225770077560.

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