Matrimonial Transmission

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It is extremely interesting to watch the back and forth flow of ideas between the Internet world and “real life.” In this day and age, anyone can throw together a website or MySpace associated with any sort of event or concept. Wedding websites seem to be particularly popular these days, as I found out during the chaos leading to my own wedding.

This is why the following story stuck me as interesting. Far to the north in Canada, a couple is not only setting up a website for their wedding, but also going on air with their own temporary radio station! This via Aloma Jardin of the Times Transcript:

In a world where wedding websites have become commonplace, Moncton native Serge Cormier decided to take things one step further and turn his wedding into a four-day radio broadcast.
“I’m just somebody that likes to stand a little bit above the crowd,” says Cormier. “I thought it would provide a lifelong memory of our wedding. We’ll make a recording of the entire broadcast and we’ll be able to listen to it time after time. And we will be able to share our wedding with the general population as well, which I thought is a neat idea, to let the world know how much we love each other.”

Fiancée Yanbing Zou, who Cormier met when both were students at the University of New Brunswick, only needed a little bit of convincing.

“She understands my passion for radio,” explains Cormier.

As our lives are increasingly on display thanks to social networking applications like Facebook, this is a beautiful example of things coming full circle. This is a great example of Internet age thinking being applied to broadcast in a new and interesting way. Microcontent makes its way to the airwaves, if only on a temporary basis.

The broadcast is actually going to be run out of a hotel room at the Holiday Inn Express on Mountain Road, where the wedding and reception are taking place. The hotel graciously allowed Cormier to install an antenna on its roof to help make the broadcast happen.

WedFM will begin broadcasting on 100.9 FM at 2 p.m. May 14 and continue until about noon on the day after the wedding, May 18.

“Basically when we have to check out of the hotel room,” Cormier says.

Cormier says the station will be broadcasting 24 hours a day, though, like most commercial stations, the overnight hours will be covered off by pre-programmed music.

Some of the other programming in the works includes a pre-recorded Top 40 countdown hosted by Cormier and Zou and Chinese language lessons to share a bit of Zou’s heritage. Zou grew up in China and moved to Canada five years ago to study at UNB.

“There will also be live coverage and interviews during the wedding ceremony,” Cormier says.

“Myself and my fiancée and other people in the wedding party will be interviewed during the day on Saturday and there will be a live-to-air broadcast of the wedding party on Saturday night.”

With only 50 watts of power, the actual broadcast will only be heard in Moncton, Riverview, and Dieppe, and Cormier expects even then coverage will be kind of spotty, so he is also hoping to webcast the radio broadcast on the couple’s wedding website, www.wedfm.ca.

While it certainly will require far more effort than a simple wedding website, this effort is guaranteed to be uniquely memorable. Cormier is not shy about the fact that he is going to see how things go with an eye toward possibly making this sort of temporary, wedding themed radio station into a business all its own. He’ll be looking at all of the feedback with that in mind (hopefully after the honeymoon).

I’d like to close by wishing the happy couple all of my best. May your signal be five by five and your ratings the highest possible!

Photo courtesy of Leslie Duss, used according to its Creative Commons license

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