MIDDLE FORK – Lakefront Church of God has started a new gospel internet radio station for the community.
The church received a grant from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to buy the equipment, invest in the mobile apps and secure the proper licenses to start WLFC, an online bluegrass and country gospel station, which will also feature 24-hour broadcasting, live D.J.s during the day, and local emergency broadcasts.
Jeff Tackett, with the Water Into Wine Food Pantry, a subsidiary of the Lakefront Church of God, explained to the Independent they applied for a grant through Anthem over six months ago, and awarded the funds to purchase all of the software and equipment to get started, with the week before last being the first week the station was on air.
“In our first week, we’ve had 454 unique listeners, reaching Russia, Brazil and several other countries,” Tackett said. “It’s going to be a big adventure to reach the community at large.”
Tackett explained that they already have plans to expand their services with swap-shop-type of shows, special programming, and using Fox News as a news affiliate.
Since they are a non-profit organization, Tackett said they will not be charging for advertising times, but donations will be taken to be used for the food pantry.
Right now, people can search “WLFC” on Apple or Android, as well as on smart TVs and Google’s Alexa, in order to stream the radio station, or go to www.wlfcradio.com to stream directly from your browser.
For more information about the station, follow their Facebook page “WLFC Internet Gospel Radio.”
“We’re pretty excited and think this will be a good thing for the community,” Tackett said.
This news comes on the heels of local radio station WRLV 106.5 being off the air for the last few weeks. The Independent reached out to WRLV, which confirmed that the station is expected to be back on the air soon, contributing the down time to a power outage and noting that they are working on the problem. No other information is known at press time.