Norwich community radio station expands to Internet audio

Norwich – The local low-powered community radio station called Heritage Information Radio has expanded its reach to the Internet in time for the pending blizzard.

Kevin Harkins, owner of the non-profit station that airs on 1700 AM in the Norwichtown area, said he sped up plans to offer its programs and community announcements online in time for the storm. The station’s website, www.am1700.org, has a “listen live” link and now is carrying audio emergency storm preparedness announcements for Norwich. Storm announcements, such as the city’s shelter opening and parking bans, also are listed at the top of the website homepage.

“The project was rushed to completion so local residents can get updated storm information easily from wherever they are,” Harkins said. “We want Norwich residents to know they have a way to get up-to-the-minute info on the approaching blizzard.”

He originally had planned to roll out the web-streaming audio service on Feb. 1.

Harkins also hopes city officials will use the service to help spread the word about storm preparedness and emergency conditions.

Heritage Information Radio is a low power AM station under Federal Communications Commission rules that covers Norwichtown and parts of downtown. The station has been operating since Sept. 1, 2013, airing information for visitors and residents about Norwich’s history, attractions, issues and upcoming events.

For more information or to contact Heritage Information radio, call (860) 319-0671, or go to www.am1700.org.

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