Conroe-area residents will likely benefit from a new partnership between Lone Star Internet Radio and the city.
Communication Coordinator Victoria Endsley presented a request to City Council at a workshop Wednesday afternoon asking for a little more than $48,000 to get the equipment to broadcast on two new radio signals.
The partnership between the internet radio business, located in Downtown Conroe, and the city would result in what they call Lone Star Community Radio.
“The benefits of the partnership are pretty clear,” Endsley said. “Automatically, when we go live on the FM station, we’ll have 24-hour programming. It’s hyper-local programming so it’s beneficial to the community and gives us more reach.”
Specifically, the signal, which will broadcast on 106.1 and 104.5, would reach above Willis, extend into Cut and Shoot and into Montgomery – covering all of the Lake Conroe and Conroe area.
There are other benefits including public safety, which Mayor Pro Tem Guy Martin lauded.
“The biggest thing is that this can be used for emergency situations. We can promote that people go to this FM station,” Martin said. “That alone is a great benefit to the city.”
The station will be fitted with the Emergency Alert System, which will include more than local emergencies.
“If we ever have a hurricane or something, we can give emergency information to our community and let them know where they can find water supplies and tons of other benefits,” Endsley said.
For normal content, Dick Schissler, Lone Star Internet Radio owner, said the content would mostly stay with the same format. It would be talk radio from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring local talk shows. From 3 p.m. to 10 a.m. it would play Texas country music featuring local DJs.
“We’re here to have fun and doing quality programming,” he said.
Schissler added that the talk shows are generally available to any members of the public, pending background checks and other measures to ensure they’d be dedicated to the slot. Currently, the city of Willis, Willis ISD and the Chamber of Commerce have regularly scheduled shows, among others.
Endsley said she hopes to have the partnership signed by Feb. 1. However, it’ll be six to eight weeks before the equipment arrives.
The agreement and funds will be voted on at tonight’s (Jan. 28) City Council meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall.