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SURING SCHOOL DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY
1979
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.RADIO STATION

Radio Station WRVM was started in 1967 by a group of Christian businessmen interested in getting the gospel out to the residents of N.E. Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. The station went on the air September 15, 1967 and began broadcasting part time with a crew of two Funds were raised from interested individuals in the form of loans and gifts. A limited number of commercials also helped. As funds were available, more hours were added to the broadcast day and more personet added to the staff. Presently WRVM is on the air 18 hours per day and has a staff of five. The basic format of programs is religious. (Christian), with public service programs; news and good music making WRVM unique. There is gospel preaching. Bible teaching, dramatic, childrens, gospel and easy listening music, farm and home programs. Within our listening area lives 112 million people. Two thirds of their support is in the form of gifts from listeners. The other one third comes from commercial ads and from the cost of service to programs aired. WRVM has a budget need of approximately $2,000 per week. In December of 1974. stereo equipment installation was completed and WRVM went on the air in stereo with 100,000 watts of radiated power.

WRVM has in the music library 750 stereo albums and over 1,000 tapes. There are transiaters re-broadcasting WRVM programing in Iron Mountain. Michigan; Wausau. Land O'Lakes and Appleton, Wisconsin.

The radio tower is 500 feet high and stands on the Suring hill, which is about 700 feet above average ground level.

INDUSTRY IN THE AREA

One of the industries in this area that has really begun to expand in the past few years is the Memline Corporation headed by Kenneth R. Stuart. Memline Corporation began in Milwaukee in 1947. The manufacturing operation was moved to Suring in 1960, under new management. By 1967, the demand for Memline's products made it necessary for management to plan expanded facilities. This is when the Suring Area Development Corporation helped Memline by selling stock and debentures which enabled management to finance part of the expansion. The local bank provided the balance of the funds.

Memline acquired the sales firm of Nu-Line and hired a sales manager who, in effect, would perform the marketing functions. This allows Memline to have more direct control of their products.

Memline has grown from three employees in 1960 to a payroll of 140 people with an annual payroll of approximately one million dollars.

Memline manufactures such things as nursery chairs, step chairs, storage chests, guard rails, safety gates, kiddie corrals, pet gates and pressure gates. These products are sold to wholesale, chain and retail outlets such as Shopko. These products are all made out of wood that is shipped in from many different places. It is pre-cut and dried in the dry kilns to make it ready for finishing the products.