KMHD /OPB Changes

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    I haven’t been to the Mount Hood Community College campus since 2001. In that era, KDOX branded as “X-58.” Their audio played from some speakers in a breezeway. The KMHD development director explained to me that the X-58 audio also simulcast on channel 58 of a local cable system (a kind of bulletin board channel), hence the monicker.

    The university station disappearance is somewhat anecdotal. The examples I had in mind were:

    • KRRC — turned in its FCC license and seems to have ceased to exist
    • KTRU (Houston) — License was sold by Rice University to University of Houston in 2010. Rice continued to have a student station, first as an HD-2 sub-channel on KPFT and later on an LPFM signal. While not a complete disappearance, this represented a move from a 50,000 Watt signal to a 41 Watt signal.
    • WRUR (Rochester, NY) — In the aftermath of the Janet Jackson Super Bowl incident, the board of trustees at the University of Rochester started to worry about FCC liabilities arising out of programming broadcast on WRUR. The license was sold to the WXXI foundation. The University of Rochester continues to have a student-run station, but it is online-only.

    The above stations, judging by their programming, were operated as student clubs, not as training labs for jobs in broadcasting or journalism. Not having a radio station at a school with a broadcasting program, in my opinion, would be much like trying to teach drivers’ ed without any cars. Surprisingly (at least to me), schools that have large broadcasting or communications programs sometimes use their radio stations as student labs (examples: Auburn University’s WEGL in the early 1990s and KDOX circa 2001), but sometimes they don’t.


    U of O’s station KWVA and OSU’s station KBVR seem to be doing just fine. Both are student-run and are not tied to a Broadcasting school or school of Journalism.


    Referring back to my own post (#41207), KRRC transferred its license to Common Frequency; it did not turn the license in to the FCC. My sieve-like brain forgot the work-around for editing one’s posts after the forum software’s editing window expires.


    IIRC, KRRC did both. First they turned it in to the FCC then when Common frequency became involved they got it back for transfer.


    Of course radio is different than online streaming. Your objections didn’t address the real issues. If KMHD stays the same format and personnel but moves back to MHCC … what’s the point? If the format or the quality changes then you lose the revenue stream and community support and decades of volunteer support, to be replaced with what?

    So, if “real” radio matters to the students … and if a student run, student managed and student chosen format should serve an educational mission why not apply for or buy up one of the LPFM frequencies that has failed to be built out or is barely making expenses, and run a lower cost operation than the full power license that serves the entire metro area?

    How about the best of both worlds? You don’t need to destroy the format and legacy of a full power fm station to have a learning environment. Wasn’t there a translator or something that KBOO had that was licensed to be on one of the hills in east county? Can’t one of the LPFM’s that hasn’t been built be built where it will cover the campus?

    Of course MHCC is “within their rights” to do as they please with the license, but would they be in their right minds to destroy something that is working well and take on such huge expenses?


    Update from Steve Bass:

    “Last night, the Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Board of Education voted to keep KMHD at OPB, preserving an important cultural resource for the whole region.”


    OPB News / Press Release JAN. 30, 2021

    Headline: KMHD to participate in the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s new Jazz Media Lab program

    OPB today announced that KMHD, a member-supported jazz radio station operated by OPB in partnership with Mt. Hood Community College, is one of five nonprofit jazz radio stations in the country to receive a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) to participate in a new collaborative Jazz Media Lab program.

    The mission of the DDCF is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.

    The DDCF’s new Jazz Media Lab program aims to strengthen jazz radio and its engagement with artists and diverse audiences across the country. It was created to bolster the individual strength of each jazz radio station and their collective resilience as essential players in the jazz ecosystem.

    KMHD will receive a grant of up to $275,000 over three years to participate in the program.

    The grant supports KMHD’s involvement in the Jazz Media Lab collective and supplies it with core support and innovation capital. The Jazz Media Lab will provide KMHD with a peer network, support system and contracted resource team for exploring and advancing strategies to diversify its listening base, invest in new media opportunities, engage with venues and community organizations, and build upon its meaningful relationships with local jazz artists.

    For the last 37 years, KMHD has been a staple of the Northwest music ecosystem, showcasing jazz without boundaries. A community-supported resource, KMHD discovers new voices and talent; searches for the lost treasures of jazz, and champions jazz performances and education to ensure that this uniquely American art form continues to thrive in our region. KMHD reaches jazz fans across the country and internationally, streaming online 24/7 at and on radio at 89.1 FM in the Portland area.

    “This opportunity with the DDCF opens the door to exciting new possibilities for KMHD,” said Matt Fleeger, program director, KMHD. “The incredible resources and support we’ll receive from the Jazz Media Lab program can help us build upon KMHD’s strong public service. We look forward to exploring new opportunities to celebrate the rich history of recorded jazz and its related sub-genres with everyone in our region.”

    “We’re thrilled to launch the Jazz Media Lab with this cohort of leaders in the field of jazz radio,” said Maurine Knighton, program director for the arts at DDCF. “Jazz radio plays an essential role in supporting the field of jazz, a vital art form with a rich history embedded in the fabric of this country and an exciting, evolving future. Each station selected for the program was exciting to us for different reasons. We were interested in KMHD for its skill at collaborating with and elevating local talent and venues, and at connecting Portland communities around the magic of jazz. These stations have always been critical partners to artists and venues, and never has that been truer than during the pandemic. As the largest national funder of jazz, this program is a pivotal piece of our greater commitment to helping ensure the sustained vibrancy of the field.”

    In addition to KMHD, other participating stations in the Jazz Media Lab program include KNKX (Pacific Public Media) in Tacoma/Seattle, Wash., KUVO (Rocky Mountain Public Media) in Denver, Colo., WBGO (Newark Public Radio) in Newark, N.J. and WRTI (Temple University) in Philadelphia, Pa.

    Along with funding support from the DDCF, KMHD will receive access to resources that will strengthen its organizational and financial capacity. Among these resources are monthly virtual professional development sessions; executive coaching; learning and evaluation tools; coordination with national service organizations that can provide additional technical and research support; individual station financial and audience assessments; connections with artists and industry leaders; and access to audience development resources and expertise.


    Re: “The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s new Jazz Media Lab program…”

    News article about this also appear in the press websites of the other cities whose stations also received awards.

    The Radio Ink article is here as well:

    Jazz Media Lab Awards Five


    I wish that KMHD would have a program similar to KINK’s old Lights Out program. Something smooth to fall asleep to.


    That was the beginning of the NAC format that evolved to Smooth Jazz!

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