WDFH could be difficult to catch on the FM dial for
most of our history. This was a leftover from an unfortunate but
involuntary 1997 relocation of our antenna that resulted in terrible
coverage, not to put too fine a point on it.
WDFH's new tower site.
Ground level is 630 feet above sea level, and our antenna is 160
feet above ground — overall, our antenna is at a height nearly
equivalent to 2/3 the height of the Empire State Building!
To fix this problem once and for all, we started work
in September 2001, just a few days before September 11, on a project to
improve and expand our FM broadcast signal.
We are very happy to report that the project is now
Construction updates and photos
Please go to our
pledge page and
make your tax-deductible contribution today to turn this plan into
In January 2006, after more than four years of work,
the FCC granted us permission for a significant expansion. But the
project ran into a major roadblock in the spring of 2006, and by April
2007 it had become apparent that we were not going to be able to
implement the expansion using the current tower site, as we had planned.
So we had to start all over. In June 2007, we
secured a new tower site; in July we secured a zoning variance for our
antenna; and in August we filed a new FCC application. Mechanical
engineering started in July and continued through October, when the
design was finalized.
In December 2007, the FCC approved the project.
We received the FAA clearance in January, and at the end of September
2008, we signed the lease with the company that owns the tower.
Construction started in October and was completed in
January. We started transmitting with our improved signal on 90.3
FM on Saturday, January 24, at about 4:00 pm, operating at half power
pursuant to FCC rules. The FCC granted our license application in
late January and full-power operation commenced.
We need your help!
Your support is more
important now than ever before. WDFH is community radio —
dedicated to serving the needs of the community, powered by community
volunteers, entirely nonprofit and noncommercial.
Please make a
tax-deductible contribution using our secure PayPal link (major credit
cards accepted) on our
If you're considering a larger donation (more than
$100), please send a check directly to us at:
21 Brookside Lane
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
To talk with us,
please call (914) 674-0900 and leave a message in Mailbox 61, or e-mail
marc =at= wdfh =dot= org.
Thank you for your