KSKQ Audience to Expand
Jason Houk, 27.12.2012 16:46
Ashland’s community radio station is about to get much louder. On October 31, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an application to increase the strength of the broadcast signal for KSKQ 89.5 FM. The upgrade to 560 watts will allow KSKQ to reach much of the Rogue Valley, including Medford, Talent, Phoenix, Central Point, White City, and Jacksonville.
KSKQ Station Manager, Carson Bench
KSKQ is based in Ashland. With more than 50 volunteer producers and staff, the station provides a platform for community voices and offers opportunities for anyone to learn radio and communication skills. It’s a project of the Multicultural Association of Southern Oregon.
“Our dream of reaching all of Jackson County is one step closer to realization,” said station manager Carson Bench. “We believe that many people are missing out on something of great value. Once they have access to it, they will cherish it greatly.”
“In particular, the Multicultural Association of Southern Oregon wants KSKQ to engage with the Latino population and provide a place for programming that is relevant to that part of the community.”
The FCC’s approval of a 560-watt signal surprised KSKQ volunteers, who applied for an increase to 300 watts. Currently, KSKQ broadcasts at 18 watts and struggles to get their signal beyond Ashland. The broadcast station is on Table Mountain, which is about 20 miles east of Ashland.
“We still need a properly tuned antenna to make our dream a reality,” added Bench. “If you want to help, donate to the WATTS UP! campaign. Every dollar helps.”
For information on how you can help KSKQ upgrade its antenna and equipment, visit www.kskq.org or call the station at (541) 482-3999.