KYAQ Will Build Studios in Toledo
The Board of Firebare, the nonprofit organization building KYAQ, Local Public Radio for Lincoln County, announced today it will locate the KYAQ studio in space rented from Olalla Center for Families and Children in the former Mary Harrison School in Toledo.
“The building has been a center for education and celebration of learning since its creation, and we are delighted to be in that space with that energy behind us,” said John Crawford, a Firebare board member who has been active in studio site selection. “We are also very excited because the Flowerree Community Center portion of the building has a room large enough to hold an audience of several hundred. That means we can do live radio theater, and live music events in our home facility. I think this will to be a wonderful syntheses for the radio station and for the community.”
Necessary construction for the studio space will begin soon, and transmission facility construction is on the agenda as well. Firebare is waiting a response to a Federal Communications Commission filing allowing us to locate our transmitter at a site just east of Newport, rather than at Cape Foulweather, as originally permitted.
“The Cape Foulweather site, while somewhat better in terms of signal coverage, was a technically challenging site for the directional antenna (DA) required by the Federal Communications Commission there,” said Alan Searle, KYAQ project manager. “In addition, conducting engineering studies and building a DA is a time-consuming and expensive process. Locating at Yaquina Heights allows the use of a unidirectional array, which is much less expensive than what the FCC required at Foulweather and much easier to construct.”
Firebare President Bridget Wolfe said, “After the board weighed our options, it decided in favor of a more easily accessible site that provides a better value for our friends and neighbors who have donated to see KYAQ built before the FCC Construction Permit expires January 4, 2014.”
Volunteers are still needed for fundraising, marketing, administrative and – soon – construction tasks. Firebare continues to conduct a $50,000 capital campaign, of which $17,293 has now been raised. “We’re almost in the home stretch, and can begin construction,” Wolfe said, “but we still need many more donors to step forward before the project can be complete.” The Federal Communications Commission construction permit for building KYAQ expires January 4, 2014. If the station is not on the air by that date, the permit expires and the station will not be built.
All financial and in-kind donations to KYAQ are tax-deductible. Checks can be mailed to Firebare, PO Box 1664 Newport, OR 97365. Donations can be made online at http://kyaq.org using Paypal. Anyone with an interest in program underwriting or making a major donation or investing in long-term sustainability for KYAQ should email email@example.com or call 541-264-5917.