Future broadcast site atop Cape Foulweather for new Community Radio Station
After a long and arduous process of winning Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval, a Newport area non-profit organization has announced they are now soliciting public involvement with the actual creation of a non-commercial, home-grown community radio station. The FCC granted a group called Firebare a construction permit which authorizes the group to begin building the station. It will broadcast at 91.7mhz, which is on the left end of the dial where you’ll find religious, classical music and KLCC NPR radio. Part of the station’s construction includes a very important element – its transmission site. The group has hit a home run by getting a spot on an already existing tower atop Cape Foulweather. Cape Foulweather is where the majority of local commercial FM broadcast antennas are situated along with other communications companies. And by running a very respectable 1,000 watts of power, the new community radio station will cover a large area from well from well north of Lincoln City to down south just past Yachats. Interior communities like Toledo, Siletz and Eddyville will also receive a high quality signal which will be very comparable to what radio listeners are used to getting from the regular commercial broadcast stations based in Newport.
A Firebare official told NewsLincolnCounty.com that they are very excited. She said they are gearing up to raise the level of community involvement that will not only create the radio station itself, but also the station’s grass roots community news, talk shows, entertainment and other information to reflect what living on the Oregon coast is all about. To begin this process they have announced a “call to community” meeting at Cafe Mundo at Nye Beach, January 23, from 4-7pm. Besides celebrating the FCC’s permission to proceed with the station, they will be continuing an on-going dialog about the community’s interaction with the station and how that can drive programming content and support from residents of the central coast and beyond. All donations to the station are tax deductible since Firebare is a registered non-profit organization with 501c3 status with the IRS.
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