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Kettle Falls Radio to FCC: we want our LPFM back

Kettle Falls, Washington

Kettle Falls, Washington

The city of Kettle Falls, Washington describes itself as 1610 Friendly People and One Grouch. All of them had an Low Power FM Radio Station, it seems.

“But was stolen after 2 years of operation,” writes Richard Walter, President of the Kettle Falls Radio Group, to the Federal Communications Commission. “Upon investigation it was found awaiting it’s use as a translator. No further action was taken.”

Walters’ letter doesn’t seem particularly grouchy. Why is he writing to the FCC now?

Prometheus Radio has prompted us to tell you our story,” he explains. It also happens that the Commission has just proposed a new set of rules that would give LPFM licenses a more competitive chance over translator applications.

Walter describes Kettle Falls as a “tourist oriented ghost of a town, drowned by the Grand Coulee Dam. Our mission has been to bring modern communication techniques into this sunny patch of the state of Washington.”

His missive continues:

We ( are trying to provide our rural town with another chance at broadcasting a much missed signal. They (Prometheus) suggest and I agree, that new LPFM applications be given priority over past translator applications.

Kettle Falls Radio Group is a non-profit organization for education. We have a 10 year history. As to why we need this broadcast station, there can be no other assumption than it has gotten a lot of people excited about an opportunity to have a voice.

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3 Responses to Kettle Falls Radio to FCC: we want our LPFM back

  1. Ron Huckeby July 31, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    Investigating this, I found that the licensee failed to respond to the FCC regarding a silent station. As required by law, the FCC cancelled the license after a year of silence. This happened in late 2007, so this is almost 4 years old.


    Spectrum was re-allocated when the licensee failed to use it.

  2. richard walter August 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Thank you for your interest in our project. We assumed that was

    what happened after corresponding with Dale Bickel of the FCC.

    Rather than try reigniting the silent station, we are designing a

    new station using current technology, thus avoiding any chance that the FCC might find that frequency unusable. If you think it

    is completely clear of encumbrances, should we apply for it?

  3. Raven January 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    just checking you out. . hey thisisgreat reading. hope to hear goodnews on your ap for radio. blessings rave

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