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  • #48237
    glennwood5
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    What a shame. Bend needs this station. Fox Sports Radio is killing its competition. If the buyers are going with religious content, they will lose.

    #48522
    chessyduck
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    As of last night KICE began relaying KDOV, et al. The group ID now includes KICE as well. Central Oregon’s Fox Sports 94.9 RIP.

    #48755
    chessyduck
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    While browsing through the radiodiscussions.com California postings I saw a note that Open Sky Radio aka “Jiveradio.org” just added a 10-watt class A north of San Francisco..
    It’s KXCF Marshall. These are the folks behind KJIV Madras and KJYV The Dalles… very cool programming

    #48821
    chessyduck
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    #48822
    chessyduck
    Participant

    This story below is about the Walla Walla translator K231CT of KHSS 100.7, licensed to Athena, Oregon. (The KCLK people should have never allowed translator to apoear… while it is technically outside the 60dBU contour it us well-inside the 54dBu “battlezone”,) KHSS runs HD so the translator relays one of the HD subchannels.

    https://www.union-bulletin.com/things_to_do/arts/classic-fm-arcs-from-midwest-to-main-street-new-radio-station-comes-to-region/article_a2ca4d54-506b-57d9-95a0-634bf241d73d.html

    #48823
    Notalent
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    The paywall doesn’t allow for any details… Maybe you could summarize?

    Also KCLK (FM 94.1) is 100 miles away in Clarkston, Wa. I doubt if a translator in Athena, Or will affect anything that far away. Possibly you have mistyped the calls.

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    #48826
    chessyduck
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    The article is below. The translator was originally a move-in from the Brewster area (K284BC). It is short-spaced to KCLK by 1.1km , being 106.9km from the Clarkston-licensed station so a directional pattern is used. If the Boardman C3 allocation ever becomes a reality then K231CT will have to be re-engineered.

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    Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (copyrighted)
    (two photos included)
    HEADLINE: “Classic-FM arcs from Midwest to Main Street: New radio station comes to region”Autumn
    By AUTUMN ALEXANDER For Marquee Nov 12, 2020 (marquee@wwub.com)

    Many might have been curious flipping through the pages of the Union-Bulletin toward the end of this past unusual summer when a heads-up announcement appeared in a 10-by-5-inch, color advertisement.

    Only a dozen words announced that “Classic-FM Radio” was “coming in September,” and it would feature the “greatest composers of all time. The greatest music of all time.”

    Yet whatever was going to travel down the airwaves was not the familiar KFAE 89.1 FM, Northwest Public Broadcasting’s classical music station out of Pullman.

    Instead, this classical music programming, which launched Sept. 1 on KHSS 94.1 FM, beams all the way from Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Its content arrives at Two Hearts Communications, Walla Walla’s own “state of the art” radio portal downtown, which, as co-owner Rod Fazzari put it, is the result of “an abundance of hardware and software experience from my day job.”

    Though Fazzari’s worked with Key Technology for 30 years, managing its software team, neither he nor his wife, business partner Kimberly Fazzari, had broadcasting experience when they dialed radio into their lives starting in 1997.

    What first began as media outreach for Catholicism in Southeast Washington has grown into a multi-genre sisterhood of regional stations, all of which are Walla Walla based and operate singly and yet together as a nonprofit corporation.

    Twice-a-year benefit campaigns and listener donations fund the religion station, KHSS-1 and its outreach stations.

    Local advertisers can buy radio spots on broadcasts of its sister stations.

    This support buys commercial programming and equipment necessary for their stations’ secular operations.

    Examples of broadcasts include Fox News and conservative talk-radio programs, sports broadcasts of Mariners baseball, Washington State University Cougar sports and local high school sports.

    Now, classical music programming on 94.1 FM joins the secular duo of stations and it, too, relies upon advertisers.

    The classical music station also streams off the Internet. A link to it as KHSS, 94-1 FM is on the mother ship’s web page at khss.com radio under Listen Now.

    “We love the arts and classical music,” said Fazzari.

    “We like sharing truth and beauty with our listeners.”

    The Fazzari stations’ modus operandi rises from the couple’s primary interests: Catholic evangelism, classical music, sports and critical talks about American culture.

    The source for the new locally-broadcast music, is Classical Music Indy, located in America’s heartland.

    The nonprofit corporation is more than 50 years old based in Indianapolis. It is a Peabody Award-winning organization of music-based public outreach programs.

    Walla Walla has tapped into its Anytime Classical, a 24-hour music option. It offers hours of original music on weekdays.

    Saturdays and Sundays repeat the programming from the previous Thursday and Friday.

    Classical Music Indy posts all the week’s playlists.

    The station curator and lead announcer is the pleasant baritone Michael Toulouse, now located in Indianapolis after years in public radio broadcasting. He has a distinguished academic background in classical music.

    Toulouse typically offers a slice of history for a musical selection along with other insights.

    Some music works are short, others are longer movements. He writes that his aim is to present “fresh interpretations of what we think of as the classics and present young composers too.”

    An hour of this new station’s radio listening may include the “Orchestral Suite No. 2” of J.S. Bach; the “Camerata Segunda a Quatro” by Giovanni Gabrieli played by the London Symphony Brass; and a full orchestral treatment of the “Casablanca Suite” by Max Steiner from the 1942 movie.

    Toulouse, for example, notes that Steiner’s music from “Casablanca” did not include the familiar song “As Time Goes By,” which was actually composed in 1931 by Herman Hupfeld.

    The Fazzari additions have local aspects of interest: five-minute newscasts at the top of the hour, public service announcements and “StarDate” and “EarthDate” produced under the auspices of the University of Texas.

    Local fans of the Metropolitan Opera’s satellite broadcasts from New York’s Lincoln Center may find themselves searching around on Classic-FM for operas, but they will not find it on the new station as of yet.

    In the past, the Met operas broadcast on Saturday mornings on KHSS 100.7 FM during opera season from December through May, Fazzari explained. Until COVID-19 shut the opera down, the broadcasts generally started at 10 a.m.

    The ticklish part is not having the operas conflict with sports broadcasts from the local high schools on the same station, Fazzari said.

    But fans are fans, whether sports or opera or both. Their programs just can’t interrupt each other, or it’s the opera fans who get the most upset.

    “They told us the one time we preempted an opera in the middle, ‘Don’t even start it’ if that’s going to happen!’ ’’ Fazzari recalled.

    “People drive down to the Tri-Cities with a boom box (to pick up their broadcast of the Met) because you can’t get it in Yakima!”

    The couple has helped other nonprofit groups build Catholic broadcasts in smaller communities around the Northwest, including two Spanish language stations, one in Tri-Cities, the other in Walla Walla-Milton Freewater.

    Presently, Two Hearts Communications owns four regional FM radio stations though only three are currently broadcasting, plus the AM station.

    They own KGDC 1320 AM/92.9 FM, which normally broadcasts Walla Walla High School sports, and KGDC 102.3 FM, broadcasting College Place High School sports, and KHSS 100.7 FM, broadcasting De Sales Catholic School sports.

    The newcomer to Walla Walla, Classic-FM Radio at 94.1 FM joins 100.7 FM, KHSS Catholic Radio; KGDC 1320 AM and 92.9 FM news and talk; and KGDC 102.3 FM, news and talk.

    #48828
    Notalent
    Participant

    Thanks! I see what you mean now… It doesn’t take much to disrupt a distant signal in the nether regions…

    I would guess though that KCLK doesn’t really care what happens west of Pomeroy. Pretty tough listening conditions and no advertisers out there.

    #48829
    chessyduck
    Participant

    I forgot to add… Here is “Two Hearts” Broadwave audio streaming server IP address:

    http://72.10.11.222:8813/

    They appear to also be hosting two Catholic LPFMs as well.

    #49646
    chessyduck
    Participant

    Looking up radio station ownerships I noted the KURT one required further scrutiny The programming supplier of content on Worship 247’s two FM stations (KURT, KTDD) is “Worship 247 Media Ministries Inc.” It’s a non-profit, tax-exempt group although no Form 990 IRS filing appears yet. However, the KURT and KTDD licenses are held by distinct entities, H&H Broadcasting LLC and W247 Broadcasting LLC respectively. Sounds like a legal way to keep physical properties outside of the non-profit’s scope.

    Contrast the above arrangement to The Dove Media’s ownership… the licenses and non-profit are consolidated into a single entity – they of course now own KICE.

    Interesting…

    #49647
    washnotore
    Participant

    Gee somewhere along the way, They found good loophole expert.

    #49648
    Screamer
    Participant

    <<…the KURT and KTDD licenses are held by distinct entities, H&H Broadcasting LLC and W247 Broadcasting LLC respectively.>>

    Isn’t that how Cumulus, iHeart and Sinclair on the TV side do it? By using separate holding companies for licenses? Are non-profits not allowed to do the same? How is that different from a church owning a translator or a LPTV station?

    #49969
    chessyduck
    Participant

    https://www.eastoregonian.com/news/local/eastern-oregon-university-radio-station-may-go-silent/article_9befe13c-834a-11eb-956b-f3f5650489c8.html

    Headline: “Eastern Oregon University radio station may go silent”

    By DICK MASON La Grande Observer Mar 12, 2021 Updated 22 hrs ago

    LA GRANDE — Eastern Oregon University’s student-run FM radio station, KEOL, may go silent after the school year.

    KEOL is receiving $33,481 in 2020-21 from the university’s Student Fee Committee and asked for $33,606 for 2021-22. But the committee voted not to fund KEOL in 2021-22.

    “It was a very tough decision,” said Keegan Sanchez, vice chair of the Student Fee Committee and Eastern’s student body president.

    The Student Fee Committee, which voted to defund KEOL on Feb. 5, determines how much money from student incidental fees is to go to 20 student organizations and programs on campus. The student senate earlier this week approved the recommendations. They must next receive the approval of EOU President Tom Insko and EOU Board of Trustees.

    Sanchez said the SFC had to trim the money it allots to student programs because declining enrollment is reducing the amount of incidental fee money. This forced the committee to cut funding for all but one of the programs and operations — referred to as units — of which the fees pay.

    “Almost every unit took a hit,” said Zachary Cahill, the chair of the Student Fee Committee and the director of financial affairs for EOU’s student government.

    Units that received cuts included athletics, which was trimmed $31,000 to $513,000, and the Hoke Union Building, which was cut $7,500 to $304,000. Cahill said the committee wanted to cut more from the Hoke Union Building’s budget, but could not because there are so many fixed operational costs, such as heating, plumbing and maintenance staff. The building is the home site of about 50 EOU clubs.

    The SFC received requests for $1.4 million in funding for 2021-22, but could allot only $1.2 million because of the projected decline in incidental fee revenue.

    A big portion of KEOL’s budget covers the cost of paying its two student employees, who will receive a combined total of about $20,000 in the 2020-21 school year, said Cahill. The station also has about four student disc jockeys, who work as volunteers.

    Cahill said KEOL, based in the Hoke Union Building, was defunded in part because studies indicate radio is a fading industry with a dim future.

    “Radio may be obsolete in 10 years,” he said.

    It thus does not make sense for KEOL to continue operating because the students working there would not be developing skills that would help them as they pursue careers after college.

    Cahill wants Eastern to develop a class or club that would help students develop disc jockey-related skills that will be in demand, such as those needed to produce a podcast.

    Sanchez said it is not known how many students tune in to KEOL.

    “There is no metric for tracking how many listen,” he said.

    Eastern’s Student Fee Committee also made its allocations based on how many students a program attracts.

    “We looked at participation rates,” Sanchez said, noting that KEOL’s is low.

    The committee also initially did not approve funding for Eastern’s student newspaper, The Voice. The SFC changed gears after representatives of The Voice appealed the decision. The SFC then voted to provide the newspaper $7,500, which is $10,500 short of the amount The Voice initially requested.

    Funding for The Voice was cut because of low productivity. Sanchez said that Eastern published just two editions in 2020.

    “That is not sufficient,” Sanchez said.

    One of the editions was a paper one and the other was online. Cahill said the paper edition could not be distributed because of COVID-19 concerns. He added The Voice‘s future editions will be published online.

    KEOL’s leaders, unlike those at The Voice, did not appeal the SFC’s decision to withdraw funding. One reason may have been that KEOL’s faculty adviser, Michael Williams, died in late 2020. Williams was the director of the TRiO Student Support Services program.

    The Observer tried repeatedly to get a comment about the SFC’s defunding decision from a KEOL representative, but no one returned phone calls.

    KEOL’s history dates back to at least 1973 when it received its FCC license to operate, according to its website. The station was based in Eastern’s library from 1976 to 1991. It was then relocated into a small building north of the library. The station was moved into the Hoke Union Building in 2015.

    #49970
    Randy_in_Eugene
    Participant

    End Of the Line for KEOL?

    La Grande is a small population center, but they need to solicit community donations and volunteer announcers. It sounds like their strictly college-centric approach, and not serving the larger community has hurt them. The University of Oregon’s KWVA is paid for with student fees, but they have always had some adult community volunteers in addition to students involved.

    (Edit add) Looking at their website there are two announcers that may be from the community, but their bios don’t say much.

    #49972
    paulwalker
    Participant

    Eastern Oregon and for that matter, South Central Washington is a radio wasteland. A few try to do it local, but really can’t generate any revenue in today’s environment. The rest run syndicated and/or voice tracked content that lacks any local connection. Advertising revenue, combined with Covid, has greatly decreased. I think we shall see more of these smaller market stations reducing local programming. But that was actually happening way before Covid. The pandemic just put the ice on it.

    I will also be so bold to say that radio was in trouble before Covid, but the death knell is now here. Small market radio stations will be on sale, but will still be too expensive, IMO.

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