WHOW THE BIG 1520 Radio in Clinton, got quite the gift for Valentine’s Day on Thursday—an updated transmitter.
The 2003 Broadcast Electronics transmitter with updated modules, was purchased by WHOW’s owner, the Miller Media Group’s Kaskaskia Broadcasting, Incorporated, in January from a radio station in northwest Illinois that recently went off-the-air.
Clifton Moving and Storage of Decatur, with assistance from WHOW engineer Wayne R. Miller, disconnected the transmitter from its former site, and hauled it over 150 miles to the Big Red Barn south of clinton, in January.
Miller, assisted by the Clifton movers and an electrician from ProAir Heating, Cooling and Electricial of Clinton and Bloomington-Normal, put the B-E transmitter on the air on Thursday afternoon.
The new transmitter replaces an aging model that was built by a company that is now out of business. The aging WHOW transmitter has been difficult to repair and maintain the past 2 years, according to station president Randal J. Miller.
WHOW THE BIG 1520 transmits with 5000 watts daytime, covering an area from Pontiac to Effingham and the Illinois River to the Indiana State Line, with over 7 hours a day of agriculture programming, local news and weather, and Clinton High School sports. WHOW is also heard 24/7 at 92.3 FM in DeWitt County and 106.5 FM in Logan County. WHOW is also streamed at dewittdailynews-dot-com, on the WHOW mobile app, and on Amazon Alexa.