Radio station seeks Brunswick tower site suggestions

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BRUNSWICK — First Wave Media, the group hoping to bring community radio back to Brunswick, is seeking suggestions for in-town radio tower sites.

The group intends to revive WCME 900 AM and broadcast local sports, weather, and news throughout the day from its Fort Andross station.

The group pitched a proposal to build a 199-foot radio tower at 400 Pleasant Hill Road to the Planning Board last week. But after hearing opposition from neighbors, the board decided not to set a public hearing on the proposal, effectively denying the project.

While First Wave could still submit the proposal to the Town Council, First Wave’s president, Jim Bleikamp, has said he will not do so.

“I’m very sorry that our quest to finalize a tower site has been upsetting to certain residents of the Pleasant Hill Road area,” he wrote in an email. “In view of the opposition that was expressed at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Brunswick Planning Board, we are withdrawing this proposal.”

Bleikamp’s lawyer, Andy Cashman, said another site would be difficult to find due to the many restrictions on where such a tower could be located.

But Bleikamp is undeterred, and said he intends to continue searching for an appropriate location.

Site suggestions can be emailed to Bleikamp at jimbfirstwave@gmail.com.

Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or eguerin@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.

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