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Things were looking pretty grim on the LPFM horizon here just a few months ago but with Spring comes new hope and new beginnings!
KAVZ (AVZ for the towns of Acme and Van Zandt) is lighting up the Mt Baker Foothills after a remarkable recovery from near fatal setbacks.
From the Whatcom Independent newspaper:
How to start a radio station: Step one…
KAVZ-FM the big voice of the Foothills communities
Matthew Thuney – Whatcom Independent
VAN ZANDT – “For me, it’s been a lifelong dream,” mused retired Motorola technician Marcus Burton. It was Sunday afternoon, March 25, at the Van Zandt Community Hall, and Burton had just completed his presentation about the do’s, don’ts, and how-to’s of producing a music show for radio broadcast. The following Sunday, April 1, KAVZ-FMLP 102.5 would switch on its transmitter and officially begin broadcasting…
And from the Foothills Gazette newspaper:
KAVZ antenna, production class set
VAN ZANDT–KAVZ, the radio station for the South Fork Valley (its call letters derived from Acme-Van Zandt), will be on the air in April, broadcasting at 102.5 FM. Members of the radio station worked last weekend to erect the fiberglass antenna on the north wall of the Van Zandt Community Hall. A signal will be up by April 1, however programming may not begin until April 16. In addition, the station is holding a “hands on and how to” class about radio programming on Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m. at the Van Zandt Community Hall. Dean & Dudley Evenson, chairs of the Programming Team, will lead the class. For more information, contact Dean Evenson at email@example.com. Fundraising efforts continue for the station, having raised more than $5,000 to date. Anyone interested in making a donation can send a check or money order to: KAVZ, P.O. Box 242 Acme, WA 98220. The KAVZ team meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Van Zandt Community Hall. Any interested residents or volunteers are welcome to attend.
But wait, there’s more!
Again, from the Whatcom Independent newspaper:
KMRE: Over the airwaves and under the radar
Museum hosts locally focused radio station
Sara Geballe – Whatcom Independent
BELLINGHAM – A well-kept secret for the past two years – KMRE, or 102.3 FM on your radio dial – is the in-house radio station of the American Museum of Radio and Electricity. Although the station has been broadcasting 24 hours a day since March 1, 2005, it has mostly been humming along under the radar. But all that is about to change as KMRE gets ready for prime time.Two months ago, the Museum hired Alena Feeney Adam as KMRE’s general manager and the station’s first paid employee…
Experimental broadcasting for a better tomorrow!