The day after authorities apprehended an escaped inmate after a three-day search, many residents tuned into the radio and heard the voices of the sheriff and officers who made the arrest telling their side of the story.
The difference, however, the program was hosted by Police Chief Michael Wynn. It was the first episode of On Patrol with PPD, a brand new show on WTBR, hosted by the Police Department.
Since June 89.7 FM has been silent but it is expected to make a lot of noise soon.
Because during that time, Pittsfield Community Television has built a new WTBR studio, established new policies and procedures, lining up new shows, and is now waiting just a few more things before the Brave FM returns after these messages.
Local public access stations fear that a potential new Federal Communications Commission rule will allow cable companies to obliterate their operating funds.
Public, educational, and government access (PEG) stations are mostly funded through franchise fees cable subscribers pay in their monthly bill. Communities negotiate those fees, typically every 10 years.
The School Department is signing off on WTBR in June. But, Pittsfield Community Television will be signing on in the fall.
The School Committee approved an agreement Thursday which gives management of the Brave FM to PCTV. The organization will be transforming the station into a hybrid model of a community and educational medium and bolstering the station's offerings.
PCTV, WTBR, is a match made in heaven, according to School Committee Chairwoman Katherine Yon.
"We've been trying to get out of the radio business for quite some time," Yon said. "The collaboration seems to be the proverbial match made in heaven."
Pittsfield Community Television wants to turn WTBR into a community radio station.
The local public access television organization has put forth a proposal to take over management of The Brave FM. The radio station is set to take on a new life with the demolition of the current school. For nearly four years school officials have been looking for partners to develop a plan to keep the station alive.