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The Mighty WWG43

Paul E. Anna

So what do you listen to on your radio?The answer to that question says a lot about who you are. Are you a longtime local who stays tuned to KSPN because you like it live and local? Or do you press the button to “The Eagle” so you can hear the classic rock songs of your youth? Is classical music or jazz your bag? Then, likely, KAJX has a permanent place on your radio dial. Reactionary Republican? KNFO is the station for you, with Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh dominating the airwaves for eight hours on any given day. And if you lean left … way left, KDNK gives you a daily dose of Amy Goodman and her take on “Democracy Now.”But lately, more and more people in the Roaring Fork Valley are finding their way to the top of the radio dial. They are tuning into the disembodied voices on the NOAA weather radio station, WWG43, broadcasting at a wimpy 100 watts on frequency 162.500 megahertz. You’re more likely to find it around 107.9 in most of the valley, thanks to the Colorado Department of Transportation, which airs the low-powered station on its frequency.WWG43 is not for everyone. You’re unlikely to hear the Eagles, Eels or White Stripes. Even late at night there’s no Coltrane or Miles. And if you’re looking to hear who beat the Rockies you need a new station. But if you want to know what’s happening in the sky, the DJs, if you can call them that, give you the 411 on the weather, commercial free, 24/7/365. “Here’s your forecast for the Central Colorado Mountains including the town of Aspen,” the seemingly digitized male voice reads without passion or prejudice, “Tonight, partly cloudy then clearing after midnight. Lows in the 30s. Westerly winds 10 to 15 miles per hour. Gusts up to 25 miles per hour. Saturday. Mostly sunny, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. Chance of showers in the evening. Potential coverage of rain 20 percent.”It is so clear, so concise, and infinitely more helpful than waiting for the bobble heads in Denver, who, at 10:17 p.m. each evening, use the latest in Doppler technology to get it wrong regularly. So what does it say about you if you listen to the Mighty WWG43? Well, it might say you live in the moment, that you are tune with your surroundings. You may be a climber or a backpacker who wants to be prepared for the weather ahead. Maybe it says you don’t like the status quo, that the latest on Brad, Jen and Angelina simply doesn’t mean a thing to you.Or maybe it says you only want to hear the truth. Yes, it is hard to predict the weather, but you are sure likely to get a greater dose of reality from the NOAA weather station in a quick-hit report than you’ll find in a week of Sean Hannity or Amy Goodman.By the way, the Mighty WWG43 says it is going to be a beautiful weekend,

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