WDFH became a member of the Pacifica
Radio Network in the summer of 2004. This involved the installation
of a satellite receiver, which brings Pacifica programming into WDFH and
enables us to broadcast it to you.
The construction of
technical facilities for community radio stations often resembles a
barn-raising, and this was no exception: on two sunny summer weekends, we
gathered volunteers and put up the dish.
Our plan was to put the
dish on the roof, but delays in the structural analysis of the building in
which our studios are located meant that we had to temporarily install it
on the ground in order to get it up and running before the Democratic
Convention started. This first installation happened on Saturday,
July 17. Just two days later, the results of the structural analysis
came in, and so after we took a breath following our coverage of the
Convention, we gathered people again, this time on August 8, took the
entire thing apart, hauled it up to the roof, and put it back together
On Saturday, July 17,
our team included Vinny Cohan, Gil Bassak, Doug Koch, Gregg Fore, Jonathan
Mastrojohn, Marilyn Sophos, Troy Bass, and Marc Sophos.
L-R: Gregg Fore, Vinny Cohan,
Gil Bassak, Doug Koch, Jonathan Mastrojohn
work on installation of the satellite dish that will bring Pacifica
programming to WDFH,
Saturday, July 17, 2004.
L-R: Gil Bassak, Gregg Fore, Jonathan Mastrojohn, Doug Koch, and
after a long, hot day of work.
Our team on August 8
included Gil Bassak, Stefan Wernli, Marilyn Sophos, Cuper Vargas, Doug
Koch, Gregg Fore, and Marc Sophos.
L-R: Doug Koch, Rex Latchford, Gregg
Fore, Cuper Vargas, Gil Bassak,
Marc Sophos, Stefan Wernli up on the roof
Gil Bassak and Doug Koch
Stefan Wernli and Gregg Fore
Doug Koch and Marc Sophos; Stefan Wernli upper right
Gil Bassak and Jane Botticelli, hosts of WDFH public affairs program
Jane Botticelli came up and visited for a while after
interview on Sunday afternoon
Jane Botticelli and Gil Bassak look on as Stefan Wernli, Gregg Fore,
and Marc Sophos work on the base of the antenna. Note the beautiful
view of the Hudson River from our studios. Just out of the picture
to the left, across the river atop the Palisades in Alpine, NJ, is the
historic tower constructed by Major Edwin Howard Armstrong, the inventor
of FM — an inspiring presence in clear view of our studios.
The end of another long day — Doug Koch, Marc Sophos, Stefan Wernli
Arce, Rex Latchford, Jane Botticelli,