Portland FM dial

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  • #16850
    e_dawg
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    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.

    #16852
    Andy Brown
    Participant

    All those gaps will soon have LPFM signals, some of those channels will have more than one.

    Too many?

    Not too many stations, rather, too few owners, too much bland and unfocused programming and too much automation.

    #16875
    Boss_Radio_1550
    Participant

    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)….

    #17592
    e_dawg
    Participant

    This is what I picked up around south tabor neighborhood in Portland.

    88.3 kbvm
    88.7 Kzri
    89.1 kmhd
    89.5 kpfr
    89.9 Kqac
    90.3 kxpc
    90.7 kboo
    91.1 kxry
    91.5 kopb
    91.9 k220in
    92.3 kgon
    92.7 k224dl
    93.1 kryp
    93.5 k228eu
    93.9 kpdq
    94.3 kzzm
    94.7 knrk
    95.1 Kisn-lp
    95.5 kbff
    95.9 k240cz
    96.3 kwlz
    97.1 kych
    97.9 klvp
    98.7 kupl
    99.1 kpqr-lp/kshl-lp
    99.5 Kwjj
    99.9 krkt
    100.3 kkrz
    101.1 Kxl
    101.5 kfly
    101.9 kink
    102.3 k272eu
    102.9 k275ch
    103.3 kkcw
    103.7 k279bo
    104.1 kfis
    104.5 k283bl
    104.7 kduk
    105.1 krsk
    105.9 kfbw
    106.3 kloo
    106.7 klth
    107.1 k296ft
    107.5 kxjm
    107.9 khpe

    #17594
    Andy Brown
    Participant

    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.

    #17600
    tombrooks
    Participant

    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..)

    #17602
    W7PAT
    Participant

    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.

    #17604
    radiogeek
    Participant

    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!

    #17639
    semoochie
    Participant

    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!

    #35752
    e_dawg
    Participant

    This is what I pick up from South Tabor at my parents house as of 3-27-2018.

    88.3 KBVM
    88.7 KZRI
    89.1 KMHD
    89.5 KPFR
    89.9 KQAC
    90.3 KXPC
    90.7 KBOO
    91.1 KXRY
    91.5 KOPB
    91.9 K220IN
    92.3 KGON
    92.7 K224DL
    93.1 KRYP
    93.5 K228EU
    93.9 KPDQ
    94.3 KZZM
    94.7 KNRK
    95.1 KISN-LP
    95.5 KBFF
    95.9 K240CZ
    96.3 KWEE
    96.7 KZRY-LP
    97.1 KYCH
    97.5 K248DD
    97.9 KLVP
    98.3 KFFD-LP
    98.7 KUPL
    99.1 KSFL-LP
    99.5 KWJJ
    99.9 KRKT
    100.3 KKRZ
    100.7 KBSF-LP
    101.1 KXL
    101.5 KDOO-LP
    101.9 KINK
    102.3 K272EU
    102.5 KIEV-LP
    102.9 K275CH
    103.3 KKCW
    103.7 K279BO
    104.1 KFIS
    104.5 K283BL
    104.7 KDUK
    105.1 KRSK
    105.5 KXRU-LP
    105.9 KFBW
    106.3 KLOO
    106.7 KLTH
    107.1 K296FT
    107.5 KXJM
    107.9 KHPE

    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.

    #38637
    Borderblaster
    Participant

    Got to luv it when 89-5 KPBS-FM San Diego covers up that piece of shit “Family Radio” KPFR! this afternoon

    #38643
    cbaravelli
    Spectator

    “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.”

    #38652
    Alfredo_T
    Participant

    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.

    #38659
    fennekinisfire
    Participant

    I get about 29 FM stations where I live, and here is the full set:

    89.9 KQAC
    90.7 KBOO
    91.5 KOPB
    92.3 KGON
    92.9 KWAX (Translator?)
    93.9 KPDQ
    95.1 KSND
    95.5 KBFF
    96.7 KRKT (Translator)
    97.1 KYCH
    97.9 KLVP
    98.7 KUPL
    99.1 KODZ
    99.5 KWJJ
    99.9 KRKT
    100.3 KKRZ
    101.1 KXL
    101.5 KFLY
    101.9 KINK
    103.3 KKCW
    104.3 KSLM (Translator of 1220 AM)
    104.7 KDUK
    105.1 KRSK
    105.9 KFBW
    106.3 KLOO
    106.7 KLTH
    107.1 KLVU
    107.5 KXJM
    107.9 KHPE

    To the contrary, does that mean the Portland market is doomed?

    #38663
    semoochie
    Participant

    You’re getting KQAC but not KMHD? What about KZEL or KNRQ?

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