A little more than a week from now, local radio station The Hog will finally take its place along the FM dial at 102.7, putting it on the airwaves alongside its online presence.
To celebrate the milestone and mark the expansion, 102.7 The Hog will have a launch party from 7 to 10 p.m. next Saturday, June 21, at Flander Hall, 107 W. Broadway.
The Hog started airing over the Internet last year, though at the time they were still waiting for approval to go over the airwaves as well. At the time, the call letters were to be KKES, but since then owners/managers Ron and Sylvia Warner learned the those call letters were assigned to a Coast Guard vessel. The new call letters are KPGZ, but the Warners say The Hog is how many people know them.
In fact, the radio station is the broadcasting arm of a not-for-profit agency, the Corporation for Educational Opportunities for Northeast Clay County, Inc. When they go over the airwaves, it will be part of the relatively new LPFM (Low Power FM) category of radio broadcasting. As a small station, the terrestrial signal will reach the communities of northeast Clay County and northwest Ray County, but listeners from further out can still listen over the Internet or using an app especially developed for mobile devices.
Since they started up in a building on E. Broadway, the classic rock station has put together a full lineup of local programs ranging from music to sports to talk, and recently they even began an overnight schedule of paranormal programming, similar to Art Bell’s classic talk radio show.
Jeri Hartnett has joined the radio station’s staff as event coordinator, and Jim Dickerson’s Prime Business Group provided the funding for the FM tower.
The launch party will feature live music by Oasis and a dinner by The Golden Ox. There will also be a dessert bar, a cash bar and door prizes throughout the evening. The big prize will be a 2001 Harley Davidson Sportster provided by Starns and Sons Motorcycles. That prize will be awarded the winner of a raffle the night of the launch party.
Raffle tickets cost $10 each, but the $25 per person admission to the launch party includes not only the dinner by the Golden Ox and the live music, but also a raffle ticket for the attendee. Only 150 tickets are available, and the Warners say they’re going fast. Those who host a table of eight will get one of their tickets for free, they added.
You need not be present at the launch party to win the motorcycle, but if the winner is present, then he or she will also receive a gift certificate for a leather jacket.
You can learn more and find out where to buy tickets by visiting 1027TheHog.com.
After June 21, you can listen to The Hog at 102.7 FM, or you can find them online at 1027TheHog.com. Their mobile app, The Hog, is available through their Web site or on your mobile device, and is designed by Securenet Systems Inc.
By Eric Copeland • firstname.lastname@example.org