April 17, 2013

Mix 881 Radio celebrates new format, new home

As published in The Erin Advocate

Erin’s radio station had a party last week to officially celebrate its move to modern digital studios on Thompson Crescent.

Mix 881, formerly known as Erin Radio and Main Street Radio, had a major reorganization last fall. It continues to broadcast a mix of popular music, special interest shows and local information as CHES FM 88.1, but is now managed by a group that also operates the community station Grand 92.9 in Fergus.

The music mix has been altered to appeal to a wider range of listeners, and they now have modern software to create commercials and organize their on-air schedule. They are still a non-profit group, and have opportunities for volunteers both on and off the air.

Mix 881, which promotes itself as Headwaters Radio, currently broadcasts with 250 watts from its transmitter on the Erin water tower, but has applied to upgrade to 1,000 watts. Their coverage now extends from Orangeville and Caledon to the eastern side of Guelph, and they are hoping to improve reception and expand their reach.

To listen on-line or get more information, go to their website (still under construction) at www.mix881.com or call 519-833-9300.
Cutting the cake at the Mix 881 opening celebration are (left to right) Mayor Lou Maieron, MPP Ted Arnott, Board President Larry Peters, Councillor John Brennan, Station & Sales Manager Vic Folliott, Director David MacDonald; (in front) Afternoon Host Ronia Michael and Morning Host Erin Montgomery.