The Federal Communications Commission recently authorized Gleason Media to begin broadcasting at 105.5 FM. This has paved the way for Gleason’s to become the first FM radio station licensed for the Lewiston-Auburn area that locates their studio in the Twin Cities; other stations licensed for the area broadcast from Portland.
Broadcasting as “the new Z105.5 – The Pulse of L-A,” the station features a “storefront studio” at 555 Center Street in Auburn, reminiscent of the one seen on the TV show “Northern Exposure.” The studio is not sound-proof and, at times, listeners can hear actual background noise, such as sirens, coming from the street outside.
The station’s “community” format emphasizes local news and events. Their morning “Breakfast Club” program features guests from local businesses and organizations, their local newscasts include excerpts from city council meetings, and they are the only station in the area to broadcast high school sports. When not hearing community news, listeners can expect to hear a blend of hits from today back to the 80s. The station can also be accessed live online at Z1055.com.