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Jeff Korbelik: KLIN launches second signal at 94.5 FM

Jeff Korbelik: KLIN launches second signal at 94.5 FM

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Ever have trouble listening to “Jack & John in the Morning” or Rush Limbaugh from your office?

KLIN may have remedied the reception issue when it launched May 2 a new, second signal on 94.5 FM.

KLIN-FM is a simulcast of the programming, including play-by-play of Nebraska football, men’s basketball and baseball games, currently found on 1400 AM, KLIN’s home frequency since 1946.

“The clear signal of FM will have better penetration indoors than AM,” KLIN Program Director and morning show co-host John Bishop said. “That means office workers and people in their homes will hear KLIN programming better than they currently can on 1400 AM.”

This is a plus, especially during the station’s storm coverage, when the AM signal at times becomes distorted during heavy lightning and intense thunderstorms.

KLIN’s parent company, NRG Media, recently purchased the FM translator (K233AN) from Christian radio company Mission Nebraska. Early reports say NRG paid about $17,000 for the translator.

Mission Nebraska had used K233AN to bring My Bridge Radio into the Lincoln market but no longer needed it after it bought KRKR (95.1 FM) from Lincoln-based Chapin Enterprises in the summer of 2009.

To make it viable, NRG Media asked for and received permission from the Federal Communications Commission to move the translator atop the U.S. Bank building at 233 S. 13th St. in downtown Lincoln and increase the power from less than 100 watts to 250 watts, giving the station about a 40-mile coverage radius.

“When (the translator) was made available to us, we talked it over and thought about it,” Bishop said. “It just seemed too good of a deal to pass up.”

Another benefit of the FM signal includes being able to reach smartphones, iPods and other mp3 players through tuners or applications. My iPod Nano, for instance, has an FM tuner, but not an AM one.

“That was huge for us, too,” Bishop said.

Around the dial

* With the success of Marvel Comics “The Avengers” in movie theaters, Time Warner Cable is making available some other superhero movies to its digital customers through June 4.

The films are found on channels 500 and 1500 and begin at $1.99. Titles include “X-Men” (2000), “Blade” (1998), “Fantastic Four” (2005) and “The Incredible Hulk” (2008).

Extras for “The Avengers” also are available on the on-demand channels at no extra charge.

Reach Jeff Korbelik at 402-473-7213 or jkorbelik@journalstar.com, or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/LJSjeffkorbelik.

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Jeff Korbelik is the features editor and covers dining, performing arts, TV and local media. Follow him at @LJSjeffkorbelik.

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