Boise Community Radio won’t reach BoiseDon Day | April 24, 2008
The Boise Community Radio Project has the FCC’s go ahead to light up a transmitter in Oregon – with Caldwell as a city of license.
The big question in many minds: This is the Boise Community Radio station… right?
Here’s the service area plot for the proposed station – which will share the tower used by KQTA/Ke Buena 106.3:
You’ll notice Boise is not on this map.
BCRP executive director Jeff Abrams seemed to dance around the subject with the Boise Weekly.
“We fully intend to have our studios remain downtown,” he said.
Not only will the station not have the City of Trees in its service area — the station is hemmed in by KAWZ in Twin Falls, KBSK in McCall and a pending FM application in Baker City. All of those stations are operating on 89.9 FM – which would make an expansion of the proposed BCRP station’s signal area difficult. Plus – they have to protect next door neighbor KBSU at 90.3 FM.
So how is this dog going to hunt without coverage in the Valley’s major population center?
Our resident FCC expert thinks that getting the 89.9 FM station on the air is just a first step — and that the Boise/Meridian/Nampa et al area could actually be served by translators. There are five translators licensed in the Boise area – with two more pending. Since BCRP is a non-comm, it would have the opportunity to buy or lease a translator to rebroadcast the Malheur Co. signal.
Tax dollars to fund BCRP?
The project’s news release says it is seeking $400,000 in construction funds from the Department of Commerce for the Oregon-based station. The organization is also planning to launch a capital campaign to raise an additional $250,000. By contrast, that $250k figure is exactly the same as the Log Cabin Literary Center’s annual budget. The Boise Weekly says the project has applied for a federal grant as well.