WFNL in Raleigh goes all bluegrass

Curtis Media GroupFor those visiting Raleigh this week for the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, and everyone who lives or visits the area, there’s a new radio signal in town you’ll want to check out.

Curtis Media Group has launched a WFNL 102.3 FM broadcast that is all bluegrass, all the time. The switch was made on September 26 at noon, and they feel confident that the station will win favor with both listeners and advertisers in the Triangle area.

Trip Savery, Curtis Media Group Executive Vice President, tells us that they have been contemplating an all-bluegrass station for several years, and figured launching for IBMA week was the perfect time. Curtis operates 25 radio properties, mostly in North Carolina and along the Atlantic coast, plus a number of television networks and several Internet companies.

Their WFNL broadcast reaches nearly one million people, with the signal aimed east from Chapel Hill and Durham. That covers the cities and communities of Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, Garner, Clayton and Smithfield.

Savery, who is also a banjo player, says their playlist is fluid.

“Right now, we are programming the station with the classic acts and songs, along with some contemporary takes on the classics. As we get feedback, we will evolve the station.”

So tune in while you are in Raleigh, and let them know what you think.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.