Five Questions with WRFR volunteer and sponsor Paul Chartrand

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By Ron Staschak

1) What did you do at the radio station?

I joined Joe Steinberger on the very first show on WRFR at 7am on Feb 14, 2002. It was a morning talk & news show somewhat like the current Rockland Metro. I was a frequent guest on that show and have been on Metro occasionally for many years. I did a similar weekly morning drive show on WRFR at 7am for about a year in the early 2000’s, and for a while with Deb Atwell as co-host. We did morning music, news and commentary, local, national and worldly. 2) How long have you volunteered? See above.

3) Why did you decide to volunteer/why did you want to have a show?

I had a folk/light rock music show in 1971-72 on WAMH in Amherst, Mass, connected with a collective coffee house of which I was a part.

4) What do you enjoy about community radio?

Lack of advertising, local emphasis, variety of programming. In thinking of my favorite show, one thing I like about WRFR is tuning in anytime to hear what’s up, what’s playing. It’s always unique and fun, sometimes weird, sometimes educational. With that said, Ron Huber’s Penobscot Bay Report is a radio gem and the Metro Show is community radio at its best.

5) Is there a question should have asked you?

What I did outside of WRFR? I have been an importer of organic wines since 1985. Before that I worked for MOFGA and was one of the founding team of Common Ground Country Fair in 1977.

In thinking of my favorite show, one thing I like about WRFR is tuning in anytime to hear what’s up, what’s playing. It’s always unique and fun, sometimes weird, sometimes educational. With that said, Ron Huber’s Penobscot Bay Report is a radio gem and the Metro Show is community radio at its best.


This story was first seen in The Buzz newspaper, a media partner with Maine Coast TV. The Buzz printed version is distributed in Rockland Maine each week at these locations:

Good Tern Co-op • Dunkin’ Donuts • Jensen’s Pharmacy • Rock City Cafe • Southend Grocery

The Buzz online version is available each Friday at www.TheBuzz.me.

If you’d like to contribute an article to The Buzz or be an announcer or volunteer at WRFR.org, email steinberger@gwi.net or call Joe at 596-0731.

If you’d like to be a volunteer or contributor to Maine Coast TV, email MaineCoastTV@gmail.com.

To listen to WRFR, go to www.MaineCoast.tv and click on the blue microphone or go to wrfr.org or in Rockland tune to 93.3 FM

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