Help WIHS with Projects
We want you to know about some special projects WIHS would like to accomplish, and are asking you to prayerfully consider helping us with them. Perhaps God has blessed your life in such a way that you can underwrite the cost of an entire project. That would be truly wonderful! Or maybe you'd like to donate to a particular project as God enables you to give. Either way, we will be grateful for your assistance that will help us on our way to funding and completing these projects.
How to Donate – You may donate to any of these projects by...
1) Mailing a check to WIHS at the address on the Contact Us page, or
2) Using a credit/debit card on the secure WIHS donation page.
Whichever way you choose give, please be sure to let us know which project you are supporting with a note on the memo line of your check or in the "notes" section of the donation page.
Here is our project list with further details about each item listed further down this page...
|Project||Estimated Cost||Received Thus Far|
|Antenna Project Completed!||$30,000||$30,350|
|Deck Repair Completed!||$2,000||$2,000|
|New Event Displays Fully Funded||$2,500||$2,500|
|Lobby Water Leak Repairs Fully Funded||$6,000||$6,000|
WIHS rolled out its new, colorful logo on January 1, 2018. Throughout the course of 2018, the station is replacing each of the items that have the old logo on them (or uncoordinated designs) with the new logo. Our goal is to have the new logo fully in place on all of our digital, print, and marketing pieces by January 1, 2019 (which is the start of our 50th anniversary year).
WIHS has two outdoor signs in its yard. One is a 48" x 60" roadside sign with the old logo on it. The other is a 48" x 96" sign that is attached to the side of the building, facing the parking lot. The artwork on that sign does not coordinate with any other item WIHS uses.
Upon getting quotes from sign makers, we have set a goal of $3,000 to replace those signs. Should there be a surplus of funds at the end of the project, we will use them toward the replacement of 10 microphone flags ($240), a replacement sign for the podium we use at our banquet and other events ($95), and wall signs for our three studios.
Proposed Building Sign
Proposed Roadside Sign
Flooring throughout the WIHS office and studios range in age from 25 years to 50 years old. While it has held up well through the years, as you can see by the pictures, it is dated and has become very worn and difficult to clean. (Click each photo for a more detailed view.)
The WIHS studios reside in a building that was originally built in the 1960s to be a raised ranch home. With the help of God's people, WIHS was able to purchase this house on South Main Street so that the studios could be relocated from the third floor space the station had been renting downtown. In 1992, an addition was put onto the side and back of the home in order to provide the rooms needed for our expanding broadcast operations.
Over the years, roof leaks have developed over the addition as well as where the main building connects with the addition. Repair work has provided temporary fixes for some of those leaks, but not for others. Insurance will not cover further repairs or the replacement of the roofs. Our goal is to replace both roofs before more widespread leaking develops and threatens our studios and offices. (Click each photo for a more detailed view.)
New WIHS Logo and New Event Displays
WIHS introduced a new colorful logo on January 1st, located at the top of each page on our Web Site. Drew Crandall serves on the WIHS Board of Directors and worked with our graphic designer, Bruce Huffaker, to develop a carefully thought out logo which expresses several elements. The new logo will appear on more and more of our promotional pieces throughout 2018, and will be fully implemented by the time we start our 50th Anniversary Year in 2019.
At the same time, we've desired to upgrade our event displays. Our listeners have responded by donating to these projects, and, through that generosity, we have been able to purchase some new pieces.
In the photos at above right, Drew Crandall (on the right) and WIHS Station Manager, Mark Channon, stand in front of the new six-foot display table. Both the six-foot and eight-foot displays have "360 table cloths", which allow our logo to be displayed on all four sides. That feature will be important as we encounter different set up locations at events. Also pictured is a new 3'X4' pull-up banner and wall mount banner with our new logo located inside the outline of Connecticut.
In the spring of 2018, we worked with our graphic designer to develop the layout for a canopy tent that we will use at outdoor events. (See the photo at right.)
Thank you for your donations that are allowing us to accomplish these projects!
Antenna Replacement Project Completed!
The first antenna WIHS had was put in service when the station started broadcast operations in 1969. It was located atop a telephone pole on Round Hill Road in Middletown. In 1989, the second antenna was installed on a 65-foot tower located at the highest point on Round Hill. The move to a new location greatly improved the WIHS coverage area. That antenna had served the station ever since. The 27-year old antenna was nearing the end of its expected lifespan.
We are thanking the Lord, and thanking our listeners who donated, that the antenna replacement project was completely funded, and the new WIHS antenna has been installed! The work took place on the project over a couple of days in mid-September to replace the second WIHS antenna which had been in service since 1989.
We praise God for three major benefactors who graciously donated $10,000 $7,902 and $6,100 to continue the Lord's work and to the outreach of WIHS radio!
Please take a look at these photos of the antenna replacement process.
(Click each thumbnail to view a larger version.)
WIHS Deck Repairs Completed!
Over many years of being in New England weather, the deck off the south side of WIHS had fallen into disrepair and become unsafe. Last fall, WIHS Property Manager, Ray Bennett and members of his family went to work removing damaged planks from the deck and replacing them with brand new pressure treated wood. Likewise, railing caps were replaced with pressure treated wood. Changes were also made to the staircase so that it now sits securely on the concrete pad beneath it. In the late Spring, Ray applied a fresh coat of stain to the entire structure. Look at the pictures of the deck to see the completed work and impressive transformation!
We are most thankful that the project was underwritten through a gift from a listener on Long Island!
We praise God for members of the Bennett family that provided the labor for the repairs at no cost to WIHS!
Updated: March 2019