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Panel backs request for FM radio antenna

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 15, 2003

BROOKSVILLE -- Hernando County is a step closer to getting its first FM radio tower, which will also serve as the primary emergency alert system station for the county.

The Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve a zoning change that will allow WGUL-FM Inc. to lease space on an existing tower and improve its broadcast signal throughout Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

The company will add a 35-foot antenna to a 300-foot tower south of Cortez Boulevard and east of July Avenue, near Weeki Wachee.

WGUL -- which plays music by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand -- has previously leased space on a tower in Beverly Hills in Citrus County but will abandon that tower for the Hernando location.

Station owners wanted to strengthen WGUL's signal throughout the North Suncoast, and especially Pasco County, where the signal is weak, station chairman Carl Marcocci said.

Since the station at 106.3 FM, with headquarters in Palm Harbor, will have the strongest signal in the county, it will be the primary emergency alert station for the county.

The only radio station based in Hernando County is WWJB-AM 1450 in Brooksville.

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