From KHSU (click on the image to clarify, then again to enlarge):

KHSU SEEKS DONATIONS TO EXPAND SO HUM SERVICE     

Garberville, CA – NPR affiliate KHSU has developed a fundraising plan to preserve and expand its service area in Southern Humboldt County with a new transmitter. Station staff and supporters explained fundraising needs to fellow listeners at the Garberville Civic Club Friday evening.     

Station general manager Ed Subkis said the station has a goal to raise $52,000 for the project. To date, money has come from a core of individual supporters in Southern Humboldt, in addition to contributions from the Monroe Tobin Family Fund & the John and Barbara Francek Memorial Fund of the Humboldt Area Foundation.

Time is of the essence in raising these funds by January, 2013. Subkis explained that KHSU has an FCC construction permit to build a permanent Southern Humboldt transmitter on 89.9 FM, but the permit will expire at the start of 2013. If the new transmitter is installed in time, it will protect KHSU from ever being forced off the air. The new transmitter will also triple the population served by KHSU in Southern Humboldt and improve current listeners’ reception.

Since 2002, KHSU has served the Redway and Garberville area with a translator on 89.7 FM. A translator is a low-power radio repeater designed to extend a station’s programming into an area not served by its main signal. The FCC considers translators a secondary service, meaning they are not permanent, protected authorizations. They can be forced off the air if a primary service station begins to broadcast on a nearby channel.

If the January, 2013 deadline is not met, Subkis explained, the permit will expire and the FCC will likely award the frequency to another broadcaster. If that happens, the current KHSU Southern Humboldt translator—only one channel away—will be forced off the air and KHSU service to Southern Humboldt and Northern Mendocino Counties will be lost forever.

David Reed, KHSU’s Director of Development, said “We are coming to KHSU listeners in Southern Humboldt and Northern Mendocino counties to help raise the funds to complete this transmitter project.” He appealed to listeners to make increased contributions, paid over a three-to-five year pledge period, to finance the new transmitter.

“This is one of many current projects to improve KHSU’s public service to the North Coast,” added Subkis, “but unlike many of them, the Southern Humboldt initiative doesn’t have a lot of grant funds to support it.”

 

HD IS IN THE FUTURE

In addition to serving more Southern Humboldt residents, Subkis explained that KHSU wants to purchase an HD transmitter. This will broadcast current KHSU programming to existing analog radios, but also allow KHSU to add a second program service of BBC news on its HD-2 service.  Listeners will need a new HD radio in order to receive additional programming on the HD-2 channel.

Additional information on the Southern Humboldt transmitter project is available by contacting KHSU general manager, Ed Subkis at 707-826-6085 or at esubkis@khsu.org.

KHSU is a member supported public radio station with 65% of its operating funds coming from community support. The station’s remaining funding comes from Humboldt State University and through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The station’s programming originates in studios on the campus of Humboldt State University. Its main transmitter broadcasts on 90.5 FM in Eureka/Arcata. KHSU programming is repeated on 89.7 FM around Garberville and Redway, on 91.9 FM in Crescent City and Brookings, on 88.7 FM in Ferndale-Fortuna, on 99.7 FM in Willow Creek and online at KHSU.ORG. KHSU broadcasts a mix of national news from NPR and other sources, locally-produced music shows and local public affairs programs.

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