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The Ghost at WFMV

I received this email from Carl

The WFMV studios are located on Rt 521, 5 minutes north of Rt 80, on the left hand side. It is an old railroad station… Broadcasts however originate from Yates Road, WNNJ, in Andover NJ. the building exists still, intact and operating. The Blairstown station is not really shut down, but the studios have been relocated to the WNNJ studio building in Newton. 106.3 WFMV was located in the old railroad station just outside of Blairstown. Before they were bought out by CC, WFMV ran both a top 40, then an oldies format for a couple of decades. Then, they went country and changed call letters to WHCY. That only lasted a couple of years and they switched format again to a HOT AC sound…which they currently run.

Since WHCY needs to continue to maintain a “studio” in Blairstown, there is a makeshift one still located within the building. The building also serves as the transmitter feed to their antenna, so the building is still operational but not manned. You might want to visit the WNNJ building on Yates Avenue in Newton to see both WNNJ am and fm, WSUS, 102.3 (incidentally, their original building is still operational like the WFMV building, but not manned at the moment) and WHCY Blairstown. I understand that there is a possibility that all 4 stations will make the move to Franklin, since that building is in much better physical shape. However because of the topography of Northwest NJ, the left-over buildings will still have to be utilized (or equipment moved to a smaller, non descript building in each town) merely because the area is to mountainous to rely on microwave transmissions. That is why the Newton building, centrally located between WSUS and WFMV, was chosen as the main site for the studios. And it is a cramped little place!!!!

It has been a long time since I have been to Blairstown but I used to work in that building when it was a full-fledged station, and you will see it on the curve, plain as day and if it is still red, you can not miss it!!! Somewhere I have pictures on the net of WFMV…they aren’t pretty since like I said that building is in disrepair and only acts as a transmission facility now. There are a lot of stories about radio stations in general being haunted. I always thought that it was because most of them operated around the clock, kind of in the dark…with one person on duty from end of biz to start….and the eerie, spider-like towers around the building. I never really heard that WFMV was haunted per se…..and right now, there is a makeshift studio (per FCC rules) and still equipment in there; an engineer swings by from time to time, otherwise there really is no business taking place there.

And it was never fancy at all…there were two large studios and a few small offices in there; now it looks like most of it was torn down for whatever reason; I think they wanted to sell the building and found out they had to keep it as part of the deal to run the station….there has to be an “office” in the town, and since most of the still equipment is there, the building still exists as a radio station. Good luck!!!