On Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, the Shine. FM radio station hosted a celebration at Zao Island in Valparaiso, Ind., for the opening of their new, additional station, 88.5 FM. The new station will cover the Porter County and Valparaiso area.
Shine.FM celebrated the new station at Zao Island, an amusement park with Go Karts, mini golf and laser tag. The proceeds helped benefit the new station. Utter said they chose that location because it is a Christian owned business with connections to Shine. FM.
At the event, Shine had contests to raffle off a $20,000 scholarship to Olivet along with free tickets for a game, and free tickets for all concerts in 2016. There was also face painting and pumpkin painting.
Shine.FM student ambassador Autumn Deacon said, “I am glad that we have a new station in Valparaiso. It means that people have more of an opportunity to listen to Shine and be impacted with our mission.”
Shine.FM started 48 years ago at Olivet as a stand-alone station. In the 2000s, they began to add stations all over the Midwest in Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana. The Indiana signal was created about five years ago and only covered a small area of Indiana.
Recently, they added a second tower to the original tower in Indiana. Building the higher tower increased the coverage, allowing for 88.5. Shine. FM general manager Brian Utter, said that Shine.FM’s music is upbeat and positive. He believes that their music selection points people to Christ.
Utter said the purpose of Shine was “encouragement along people’s walk with Christ and Shine is the catalyst to bring them back to Christ.”
–Jasmine Smith, contributing writer