88.3 FM WCQR is renovating and adding on to station

From Staff Reports

   GRAY -- Construction is under way on a sizable addition to the Tri-Cities' only FM contemporary Christian radio station. 88.3 FM WCQR, located in Gray, is expanding its current facilities to better serve its listeners, its underwriters and its staff.
   Construction crews have begun site preparation for a 2,100 square foot addition that will almost triple the size of the radio station, according to WCQR General Manager Mike Perry. "We have been operating out of an old 1,080 square foot house for seven years now. As 88.3 has grown in popularity and our staff has increased, we've outgrown our current facility."
   The renovation and expansion work will include a larger on-air studio, two production facilities, new studio equipment, more office space, a conference room and a new parking lot. Construction updates and floor plans can be viewed at www.wcqr.org.
   The building project is expected to cost $265,000 and WCQR has already raised $143,000 through gifts from listeners and business donors. In hopes of raising what remains, as well as WCQR's operating budget for the next six months, WCQR will host its three-day spring fund-raiser March 31 through April 2.
   88.3 FM WCQR is a listener supported radio ministry featuring family-friendly programming and music from top recording artists in contemporary Christian music. More than 40,000 people in the Tri-Cities and western North Carolina tune in the station each week. 88.3 FM WCQR is the 2002 Dove Award medium market radio station of the year and is nominated for the 2003 award to be announced in April.