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Press Release 01/25/16
KCHW 102.7 Receives $30,000 Grant.
On December 11th the non-
Station manager Scott Schlafman said, “It was a big big day for all of us at KCHW and it was perfect timing to find out right before the volunteer appreciation Christmas party!”
Scott wants to emphasis that the grant can only be used for the “power increase project” and cannot be used to assist day to day business operations. KCHW operates on a budget averaging $14,000 per year which only covers rent, utilities, minor equipment upgrades and over $3000 in annual music licensing fees. He stated that Community radio has survived in Chewelah through a consistent group of business and non-
KCHW originally downgraded it's class of license from a C3 with a maximum power out put of 25,000 watts to a class A at 1000 watts due to the high cost of equipment and erecting a tower. The groups goal has always been getting back to the C3 status and eventually being big enough to provide job opportunities in the community. Scott said it has been apparent that it would take 10+ years just to save the funds needed based on their annual income.” He added, “If community radio in Chewelah was going to grow and continue our only option was to expand, and that would take a pretty large grant.”
The Guild has now secured an agreement for shared tower space on Wright's Mountain and once completed this spring KCHW's signal power will increase from 1k to 25k. KCHW's signal at 102.7 FM is projected to penetrate homes from Kettle Falls to the north end of Spokane and in cars much further! KCHW will now cover nearly all of Stevens county and reach in to parts of Pend Oreille, Spokane, Douglas and Lincoln counties. While the tower is erected, KCHW and other tower participants are waiting for spring when installations of electrical and individual equipment can be completed.
KCHW moved it's studios from the east side of the 3rd Street Mall earlier this past summer into the space at the rear of the building formerly occupied by the Art Institute. The much larger space has allowed KCHW to host two “Mini Concerts”, record their first music video for an actual Blues Hall of Fame inductee and begin offering Audio and Video recording services for musical artists and others. The KCHW Broadcast Center can now host in their studio, or provide internet broadcasts both audio and video from any location to the entire world. Scott added, “We're even working on our first venture into Radio Theatre with a live studio audience and broadcast event.”
KCHW has a lot on it's plate for 2016 and more changes on the way. Scott said he is humbled by the support of volunteers, community members & groups and local businesses. As well, the new volunteers they've acquired and the return of Schelley Strite who will be heading up their membership re-
Scott invites suggestions for a new station slogan / moniker that encompasses what Chewelah is and it's new commitment to the entire county. You can reach them via phone at 935-
Thanks for Listening!