Local public radio stations add to lineups
SUMMIT COUNTY Two separate radio stations recently have added to their frequencies to bring Summit County a wider spectrum of broadcasts.Summit Public Radio (SPR) has added an all classical station, KCME on 89.3 FM, and Mountain Public Radio (MPR) now transmits on 100.7 FM to allow residents in Silverthorne and Dillon to hear the station. SPR is a nonprofit organization dependent almost entirely by membership contributions. It brings six radio stations and three television stations into the Summit County area through a translator located on Bald Mountain. It added KCME after KVOD, a station retransmitted from Denver, switched to a lower-powered FM station that could not reach Summit County.Colorado Public Radio (which aired KVOD) switched to digital, which is fine, but they moved their all-news program to their high-power digital channel and KVOD to its lower power FM, said Sue Greene, president of the board of SPR. This left Summit County without a classical-music station. SPR had been contacted previously by KCME out of Colorado Springs, but at that time didnt have an available frequency, but with KVOD gone a frequency had opened up.On July 10 we called them and by July 15 their engineer was up here with our engineer installing the equipment and by five in the afternoon we had classical music in the county, Greene said.The station has received a good response from viewers, including a few who said they have preferred KCME Greene said.Its all classical music, period, Greene said. There is no talk, other than the DJ introducing the programming.MPR is a non-profit local radio station that also is funded primarily through contributions and donations. It has been on the air for about two months on 90.3 FM.The station added 100.7 FM a week ago to reach residents in Silverthorne and Dillon more effectively.Silverthorne sits below the dam, and our transmitter sits in Breckenridge, so it kind of shoots over Silverthorne, said M.R. Murray, president of MPR.MPR added a fill-in translator located in Dillon, allowing their radio waves to reach Silverthorne.The transmitter already was in Dillon, but it had been broadcasting a station out of Avon. The Lake Hill Translator Group wanted to have a local station re-broadcast, so MPR was picked-up, Murray said. We call our radio mix the shuffle, Murray said. It has oldies, country, classic rock, jazz, big bands and classical. We also have a live morning show.Jonathan Batuello can be reached at (970) 668-4653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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