In a way, Somerset becomes a ‘music city’

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SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – Somerset is becoming a little bit of a ‘music city.’

Downtown Somerset residents and business owners were greeted with music Thursday as the City of Somerset turned on its new outdoor speaker system.

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Through a partnership with Somerset 106.1 WYKY-FM, speakers installed on light poles along East Mount Vernon Street and around Fountain Square will play the Forcht Broadcasting station live between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The partnership makes Somerset 106.1 the “Official Radio Station of Downtown Somerset.”

“Making downtown a vibrant place to live, work and play is an important part of our work to light up Somerset,” Somerset Mayor Alan Keck said. “We hope residents, business owners and visitors downtown enjoy hearing local radio as they walk along East Mount Vernon and the square and that they find our downtown warm and inviting.”

Forcht Broadcasting is a community-focused, small market radio group based in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. Its Somerset station features local programming that will provide helpful information to visitors downtown, Keck said.

“We so greatly appreciate community partners like Somerset 106 who want to help us inform and welcome residents and visitors,” Keck said.

Forcht Broadcasting Senior Vice President Amy Stroud and Somerset 106.1 FM General Manager Kevin Wilson said they appreciate the opportunity to be a part of excitement happening downtown.

“We’re hometown radio, and Somerset’s our hometown. Somerset 106 hopes to provide our community with a great soundtrack to the downtown Somerset experience,” Stroud and Wilson said.

The speaker system will also be available for emergency announcements and communication during downtown festivals and events.

As part of the project, the City of Somerset has enhanced its downtown Wi-Fi network, which provides free service to downtown visitors. A more robust network will be available to Lake Cumberland Farmers Market and festival vendors to make payment processing faster and more efficient.