Left to Right: KYAQ Studio Manager Bill Dalbey with host of “Latin Corner” Ramiro Guerero and Sound Engineer Angel Jimenez.
KYAQ 91.7 FM, Lincoln County’s only community radio station, went on the air on Jan 1, 2014. At that time, all programming came from the Pacifica Radio Network. The KYAQ studio consisted of the necessary equipment to broadcast the signal, one microphone and a partially functional mixer. Over the years, volunteer staff has built the capacity to produce local programs. Now, KYAQ boasts over 20 locally or regionally produced programs, broadcasts the weekly County Commissioner meetings, covers important local issues, produces a daily local news program, and records and broadcasts special events.
KYAQ has several Spanish language programs to serve our Latino community, as well as Indigenous American programming and programs of interest to the LGBTQ community. The station continually works to include more members of the community and provide more local programming of interest.
Operating on a shoestring budget, much of the equipment in the studio has been previously used and donated by generous supporters. This has resulted in a cobbled together audio chain that sometimes negatively affects the quality of the broadcast signal. This issue came to a head recently when the live broadcast of Club KYAQ, the station’s monthly live music performance, had to be cut short because of equipment failure.
To address this long-standing issue, the Board of Directors has directed that the station seek the funds to purchase and install a broadcast console designed specifically for use in radio studios. This equipment will ensure a quality signal, and also provide easier and more reliable access to programmers who wish to do live broadcasts. The station volunteer staff believes that this new equipment will help KYAQ move into the next phase of growth and development, allowing the community better access to the airwaves.
In order to purchase this equipment, the station has started a campaign to raise about $7,000. Volunteer staff have sent out a mailing (both email and snail-mail) to seek donations from current supporters. Those wishing to donate to this cause can do so by going to www.KYAQ.org and clicking on the “donate” button. Checks can be sent to PO Box 1664, Newport, OR 97365. Those who wish to donate by other means can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a donation by credit card or cash.