Framingham-based WSRO 650 is the only Brazilian station in the United States airing full-time programming that caters to Portuguese-speaking listeners.
Tuesday, the radio station expanded its reach to even more listeners, with the help of Governor Deval Patrick. The expansion will allow those all over New England and New York to hear the station's programming. Prior, it could reach Boston-area listeners but not those in the western part of the state.
Under the direction of station manager manager Ilma Paixão has become the top Portuguese language radio station in America.
Located on Mt. Wayte Avenue, WSRO, with its new live streaming (and mobile app) has been able to reach listeners in New York, New Jersey, Florida and even listeners in Brazil.
A large Brazilian crowd greeted the governor Tuesday, who flipped the switch to extend WSRO's signal even farther than its Massachusetts border.
Alex Langer, CEO of Langer Broadcasting Group/WSRO 650 AM, said the station could reach two million more audience members with the expansion.
Many state and local officials were also in attendance Tuesday for the celebration.