Coastal Radio Happenings

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    “Power 94.3” KRKZ has brought CHR back to Astoria. The format was last heard in the market on 94.3 (then KADQ) over 10 years ago.


    Local radio station sale pending

    July 17, 2013 7:00 am • By Steve Lindsley, The Umpqua Post

    It appears Reedsport’s KDUN radio has found a buyer.

    The station’s owner, Sandy Abendroth, put the station up for sale after the death of her husband, Kent, earlier this year.

    From a posting on All Access: In other filings with the FCC, Sand and Sea Broadcasting, LLC is selling Oldies KDUN (K-DUNE) to Charles Contreras’ Post Rock Communications, LLC for $130,000.

    Contreras has been in radio for more than 30 years and is currently the owner of KKYT, a country station in Ridgecrest, Calif., in the Los Angeles area.

    He couldn’t talk about the status of the sale, which the FCC may take months to consider, but did say his radio focus was on local.

    “Back in the day,” he said, “when radio was radio, the emphasis was nothing but local.”

    He has kept that philosophy for stations he managed, put on the air as an engineer and now the station he owns in California.

    “Our emphasis is always local,” he said. “News, sports and weather, and even on the music format stations.”

    Contreras’ experience includes on air for the “Music of Your Life” format and as an announcer at KODA radio in Houston.

    “We were required to do news at the top of the hour,’ he said. You had to write your own news, sports and weather.”

    He criticized large corporations that own radio stations and take away the local element.

    “The … philosophy is ‘let’s wipe everything out,’” he said. “‘Let’s get it to lowest-common-demoninator radio and let’s try to find an intern or voice track it from a different location and maximize our profits.’ That’s not how it works.”

    Contreras did not say what specific format change he would make at KDUN, since the sale is pending, but did speculate … thinking he might update the oldies format to make it more contemporary and add a stream on the Internet.

    He did say he took a close look at KDUN before making an offer.

    “Sandy did a marvelous job of what they were doing with the resources that they have,” Contreras said. “It’s really being the face of the community and understanding and getting that message out and letting them know that this an outlet for that to happen.”

    Contreras said, down the road, he’d look to relocate the tower and transmitter site and, if possible, add towers to allow them to increase the power at night.

    Sandy Abendroth did not want to comment for this story, since the sale is still pending.


    Kdun Radio, Sandy Abendroth, Sand And Sea Broadcasting, Fcc, Local Radio Station


    This from All Access:

    Chuck Geiger Gets Busy

    OHANA MEDIA GROUP ANCHORAGE/WASILLA PD CHUCK GEIGER has found time to handle a few more duties as Special Projects Manager for OMG VP/Programming TOM OAKES.

    GEIGER is now handling afternoons at sister Classic Rock KCRX/ASTORIA, OR, weekends on sister Country KXLW (96.3 THE WOLF)/ANCHORAGE and play-by-play/color for Hot AC KMBQ (Q997)/WASILLA, AK’s MTA FRIDAY night high school prep football with JON MARZOA.

    “I still have time to catch my limit in Silver and Pink Salmon with JANIS every weekend,” GEIGER adds. “We are blessed with a great opportunities and living in ALASKA.”


    This from All Access:



    This from All Access:

    TOM HODGINS has closed on the sale of FM translator K239BO/NEWPORT, OR to RADIO BEAM, LLC for $16,830.


    Did a search on KXCR, didn’t get any hits…

    Radio waves coming to beach

    A group of volunteers is raising funds to start a noncommercial broadcast station in Florence

    By Serena Markstrom

    The Register-Guard

    PUBLISHED: 12:00 A.M., DEC 16

    FLORENCE — A group of about 60 volunteers is close to its dream of getting a non­commercial radio station on coastal airwaves by an April 14 deadline.

    So far, the group has raised about $25,000 in in-kind and cash donations for KXCR-FM, 90.7. The volunteers still need about $15,000 for auxiliary equipment and $4,000 for an Emergency Alert System receiver, which are required by the Federal Communications Commission. The station also is not yet staffed during the day, another FCC requirement.

    KXCR has until the April deadline to either go on the air or lose its construction permit from the FCC. The group hopes to get the station on the air before then, said Don Landstrom, who is president of the nonprofit KXCR Community Radio Partners, which will run the station.

    The station will cost between $60,000 and $70,000 per year to operate once it is up and running full time, he estimated, with about 50 percent of that coming from underwriters and 50 percent from listeners.

    “Once we get on the air, we can do fundraising over the air, which makes a huge difference,” said Landstrom, a retired physicist who also is heading up technical aspects of the station.

    The station will be staffed by volunteers, at least initially, and the focus will be local news, public service announcements and recordings of live music from Florence area performances, among other things, he said.

    “We are filling a big gap here,” Landstrom said. “We are covering a wide score of things that normally would never be broadcast that are of value to our citizens here in Florence.”

    The station will broadcast from a remodeled 1950s house across the street from the Siuslaw Public Library. Four private citizens purchased the bank-owned house for $50,000 and paid for another $50,000 in remodeling, Landstrom said.

    The property owners are allowing the station to operate there for a “very low rent,” he said. The station has a two-year rental agreement with the option to purchase the home at cost.

    The new venture also has received support from KLCC public radio and the University of Oregon in Eugene, which have donated equipment, Landstrom said. West Lane Translator Association will assist in broadcasting the station on equipment that is used to transmit a signal on a frequency different than the original transmission.


    KXCR-FM, 90.7 is raising funds in hopes of getting on the air by or before April

    Phone: 541-977-5252

    Station address: 1509 Ninth St. in Florence

    Mail: P.O. Box 127, Florence, OR 97439



    I meant I didn’t find any mention of it when I searched this board. I wasn’t clear. 🙂


    This from All Access:


    Andy Brown

    This from All Access:

    MEDIA INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE has asked for an extension of its Silent STA for FM translator K291KU/NEHALEM, OR while it completes construction at its new tower site.


    This from All Access:

    FCC granted several low power FM construction permits. New LPFMs include:



    KQCB-FM For Sale.

    I am surprised the listing below has not been mentioned earlier. This corresponds to KQCB-FM, licensed to Cannon Beach with a downtown Astoria booster.



    FM – Full Power, Commercial

    Market Rank Mkt 201+

    Asking Price $350,000.00

    Selling or Leasing More Properties in Same Mkt? Stand Alone

    Seller Financing Available? Will Seller Finance

    Will Seller LMA? Do Not Disclose

    Ad Headline: Oregon Coast FM Now Available With FM1 Booster

    Description :

    Estate Sale. Northern Oregon Coast FM with FM1 Booster. Due to a death in the family, this Class C3 facility is now available. Terms will be considered subject to buyer qualifications. Station has an excellent reputation in the market, loyal staff, but now needs a new owner who can bring sales and service back to previous levels. Broker: MCH Enterprises, Inc.

    DealMAKER! 02/05/2014


    This from All Access:

    The Commission denied TOTALLY JESUS NETWORK, INC.’s Application for Review of the denial of its request for a waiver of the deadline for filing an application for a new noncommercial educational FM at GOLD BEACH, OR and the grant of a competing application by UCB USA, INC. for a new NCE FM at BROOKINGS, OR. TJN claimed that its late filing was due to difficulties with the Commission’s online CDBS filing system.


    SOLD WITH CONTRACT PREP UNDERWAY. Oregon Coast FM with FM1 Booster: Due to a death in the family, this Class C3 facility is now available. Terms will be considered subject to buyer qualifications. Station has an excellent reputation in the market, loyal staff, but now needs a new owner who can bring sales and service back to previous levels. Asking price is $210,000 w/Seller financing. The Station and Booster serve three unique and distinct communities that are outstanding. Good office/studio facilities in the heart of the downtown action and plenty of room to expand it you’d like. This is a perfect opportunity for a mom ‘n’ pop and/or first station. Call for more details: 805.769.8511

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