"Sanctuary for Independent Media officially launches radio station"

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By,, @troyrecord on Twitter
POSTED: 02/09/17, 1:13 PM EST | UPDATED: ON 02/09/2017

TROY, N.Y. >> After a more than a year of test broadcasts, The Sanctuary for Independent Media has officially launched a new listener-supported, non-commercial radio station.

WOOC (105.3 FM) is transmitting from studios at the group’s home, with a broadcast signal that covers Troy and Albany and an online stream at The station offers alternative news and public affairs programming in partnership with the Pacifica Radio network from 6 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays and at other times offering a cultural format featuring 50 years of music from the African Diaspora, focusing on reggae and African pop.

“At the sanctuary and WOOC, our mission is to use art and participatory action to promote social and environmental justice and freedom of creative expression,” said Steve Pierce, executive director of the sanctuary, in a news release.

The station’s launch will be celebrated with a benefit concert at The Egg Performing Arts Center in Albany’s Empire State Plaza at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, featuring Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and legendary South African anti-apartheid singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela. Tickets to the all-ages show are $29.50 and are available at The Egg box office, by phone at 473-1845 or online at

"Community vision becoming reality for Troy, NY"

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Now on the air: WOOC 105.3 FM

Welcome to our new radio station, WOOC 105.3 FM, broadcasting from studios at 
The Sanctuary for Independent Media! Click HERE to listen live to WOOC 105.3 FM!

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Most recent plays on WOOC:

We cover all of Troy, most of Albany and beyond. Of course, we're also streaming
 on the Internet... and our long-term plans are to work with other local community groups to expand broadcast coverage throughout the entire Capital Region.

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