January 2, 2016 at 7:01 pm #16850
Do you think there are too many radio stations in Portland Oregon? I counted that I pick up about 43 radio stations on the fm band, the only gaps that I found between are 96.7, 97.5, 98.3, 100.7, and 105.5.January 2, 2016 at 7:47 pm #16852Andy BrownParticipant
All those gaps will soon have LPFM signals, some of those channels will have more than one.
Not too many stations, rather, too few owners, too much bland and unfocused programming and too much automation.January 4, 2016 at 8:11 am #16875Boss_Radio_1550Participant
Well, I think there are way too many translators in the metro area. I am not in favor of AM’s having the ability to file for a translator. HD FM also has little social redeeming value. It just messes up the spectrum and makes it noisier. However, HDTV is great (another subject)….January 27, 2016 at 12:17 pm #17592
This is what I picked up around south tabor neighborhood in Portland.
107.9 khpeJanuary 27, 2016 at 1:03 pm #17594Andy BrownParticipant
Reminds me of the beer aisle at Fred Meyer.
Most of the beers are owned by one of a small group of large owners that have bought out the smaller outfits.
Many of the beers taste the same and are marketed within a small group of categories like pale ale, IPA, lager, stout, porter, pilsner, red, brown and golden ale.
Much of the beer making process is automated compared to how beer used to be brewed before computers.
Occasionally you find a renegade craft beer that is not owned by a huge company, does not conform to one of the categories above, has a small but loyal following and is hard to find because it didn’t sell out to the big guys to gain their distribution network.January 27, 2016 at 2:25 pm #17600tombrooksParticipant
Andy, I like your Beer analogy very creative… I personally like to think of one station in town that fits the bill, shall we say of:
“Occasionally you find a renegade craft beer”.. the station with real oldies music… KISN – LP.. 95.1.. low profile underwriter spots, with lots of music 50’s, 60’s and 70’s…
(OK it’s a cheap plug, but I couldn’t help it – It was great to see you Andy at Vic’s goodbye..sad reason we were together but nice to see you..)January 27, 2016 at 2:56 pm #17602W7PATParticipant
There are two things Portland FM is missing. I’m sure other will think of more.
1. Not enough LIVE radio.
2. Not enough formats.
Portland radio in general is boring. There are a few exceptions such as KOPB, KXL, and KINK, but the others just play the same old thing over and over again.January 27, 2016 at 4:07 pm #17604radiogeekParticipant
What is missing in Portland FM is reasonable ownership rules (free up some channels) and a workable funding model for new stations to develop. I’d like to listen to more of the LP stations, but this 100W on a small stick just doesn’t cut it. If I can’t hear it on both sides of the hill, what’s the point of having it on a preset?
Stations seem to program to the lowest common denominator so they can get corp advertising, or they have deep pocket funders who pay the bills (religious), or they are starving non profits. Most of the starving community stations seem to be kept alive by the passion and determination of a few key volunteers which doesn’t always result in high quality programming.
Rare exceptions to the starving stations are the major public stations. If only there was enough revenue stream for more, quality, local radio!January 28, 2016 at 1:03 am #17639semoochieParticipant
E-Dawg, if you move a few feet, you should be able to get 102.7 out of Camas. They sure don’t sound like anyone else, that’s for sure!March 28, 2018 at 12:17 am #35752
This is what I pick up from South Tabor at my parents house as of 3-27-2018.
I don’t think there’s anymore room in the FM band in the Portland radio market. I never seen this market so saturated on the FM band. Especially the half channel i.e., 94.3, 95.1, 95.9, etc.July 26, 2018 at 8:39 pm #38637BorderblasterParticipant
Got to luv it when 89-5 KPBS-FM San Diego covers up that piece of shit “Family Radio” KPFR! this afternoonJuly 27, 2018 at 12:54 pm #38643cbaravelliSpectator
“Do you think there are too many radio stations in Portland Oregon?” – e dawq
Yup. But this is a common disease. Mid-Columbia river valley has 48 AM & FM stations within antenna shot between Yakima and Kennewick.
Revenues and valuations are up this year. In some cases, way up. For broadcasters, how many is how much? For listeners, “Alexa, give me zchannel radio dot com.”July 27, 2018 at 3:18 pm #38652Alfredo_TParticipant
Isn’t this a common “disease” worldwide? Nine years ago, I was in the fairly small community of Bocas del Toro, Panama. Using a fairly cheap windup/solar radio, I counted 30 FM signals.July 27, 2018 at 11:02 pm #38659fennekinisfireParticipant
I get about 29 FM stations where I live, and here is the full set:
92.9 KWAX (Translator?)
96.7 KRKT (Translator)
104.3 KSLM (Translator of 1220 AM)
To the contrary, does that mean the Portland market is doomed?July 28, 2018 at 1:20 am #38663semoochieParticipant
You’re getting KQAC but not KMHD? What about KZEL or KNRQ?
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