Posted on January 23, 2021 at 06:29 AM
A well-known internet radio station will soon take its talents to a new place.
As part of its expansion, Colossal Radio will soon be relocating to a brand new state-of-the-art facility.
After nearly two years at its current location at 195 S. First St., Lehighton, the free Internet radio station will be relocating to Off The Charts Music School LLC, 306 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton.
The move is expected to take shape in mid-March, according to Layne “Doc” Roberts.
Decision to expand
âThe whole idea of ââthis expansion is more visibility for this station,â said Roberts.
“The more visibility you have, you in turn hope to attract more visitors to the resort.”
Roberts said the Off The Charts music school was owned by his cousin, Dustin Rehrig.
âI will have a new studio in the same building,â he said. “It will be a lot bigger, more cameras and enough (room) to bring in groups.”
Roberts went further.
âThe whole movement is what I really preached; the inhabitants support the inhabitants, âhe said. “With the lights, the cameras, the looks, it’ll make it look like a big city.”
Roberts praised Rehrig’s vast experience.
âDustin made a name for himself in the business world,â he said. “Our complementary paths, this unique opportunity to bring more to the whole community.”
Roberts said he looks forward to the transition.
âI’m excited; I thought I was going to be here (Lehighton), but Dustin approached me with the idea,â he said. âIt wasn’t a gut decision that I decided on. to take the step. “
Roberts said he was confident the move would pay off.
âAll I want to do is support businesses in the community,â he said. âThe positive vibes, the good things happening. “
Roberts said the radio station’s main footprint is throughout Carbon County, as well as the Poconos and the Lehigh Valley.
âWe have a great local music scene; we are reaching the whole country, âhe said. âIf we can be a catalyst and a positive vehicle; it is a team effort.
Roberts, who has been a DJ for over 30 years, started the radio show in March 2019.
âThe whole idea of ââthis radio station was to design a medium for fun, to play great music and to design it around our business communities,â said Roberts. “The music we play is classic rock, iconic hits from the 80s and 90s.”
Roberts’ show runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Other shows include the Al Burke Classic Rock Show from 1 pm to 5 pm Monday through Friday; The Beach Bar Piano Show live from Florida, hosted by Dave Freeman at 7 p.m. Wednesday and noon on Sunday; Chuck Matthews Greatest Hits USA 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday; and Keith Hines and Jason Roeder and their guests for the Lehighton Magazine podcast at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month.
Roberts said he just liked “being able to put a smile on someone’s face.”
âWhat I love most about my job are the people I have met along the way; the memories I have created are everlasting, âhe said.
âIâm very grateful; Iâve been blessed as a local guy, just trying to support each other.
Roberts said he’s lucky to keep doing what he loves for as long as he’s been doing it.
âSomehow we make a living throwing a party,â he said. “Just being real, having times in time that life kicks you in the butt, but you keep moving on.”
For more information, visit www.colossalradio.rocks and be sure to like Colossal Radio’s Facebook page for up-to-date station information.
Layne “Doc” Roberts interacts with listeners at Colossal Radio in Lehighton. By mid-March, Roberts plans to expand and operate his Internet radio station at the Off The Charts School of Music on Delaware Avenue in Palmerton. TERRY AHNER / NEWS TIMES