New York community radio station WFMU managed to get one of its two transmitters up and running again on Monday, a week after both were knocked out by Hurricane Sandy. Though, in addition to the $100,000 worth of damage caused to the transmitters, the station, which relies on donations and other fundraising, estimates it also lost in the region of $150,000 more in costs and projected revenue from its annual three day record fair, which was cancelled after the storm hit.
Running since 1958, WFMU is a multi-award winning station popular with music fans in the New York and New Jersey areas where it broadcasts on two FM frequencies, and in recent years further afield through its online presence. Operating on an annual budget of $1.8 million, most of its income comes during a yearly two-week fundraising exercise, of which the record fair forms a part.
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