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 (kettlefallsradio.org) 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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