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East Village Radio Set to Spin Last Set

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An internet-based radio station in the East Village is signing off after funding sources ran dry. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

This radio station on First Ave and First Street spins its last sets.

Kenan Juska has co-DJ'ed his show, "Chances with Wolves" at eastvillageradio.com since 2008.

"I'm in the middle of my last show now, so I'm going to finish that, I'm going to take a deep breath and I'll try to figure out what's next," says Juska. "There's really nothing like this."

The DJs play what they want and work from behind a window on the street, transmitting via the internet.

The website only started trying to expand its internet advertising sales two years ago, though, and the revenue hasn't caught up with expenses.

"Music licensing costs, internet costs—as we acquire listeners, all of those costs go up," says General Manager Peter Ferraro.

Ferraro says restaurant owner Frank Prisinzano has sunk hundreds of thousand of dollars into this independent station since the businessman founded it here 11 years ago.

"The East Village is such an important musical destination and has such great musical history and I think that we've certainly upheld that I think what we're most proud of is that we've been accepted by the community," Ferraro says.

"It's the end of an era. I'm really sad," says one fan.

Fans of the radio station and the show "Chances with Wolves" gathered Monday for an impromptu goodbye party. As news spreads of the closure, emails from all over the world flooded the station.

"They have a giant fan base. They're the biggest show on EVR, you know. I love them. I want them to find a way to make, you know, money," says another fan.

Despite new interest since the announced closing the general manager says no tangible talks with investors have occurred. The last transmission is set for Friday at midnight.

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