KPSU will soon become the only college FM radio station in the Portland metro area if students can raise enough money. Currently only accessible on campus or online, the student-run radio station wants to apply for an FM signal becoming available to non-profits.
“With roughly 30,000 students of diverse backgrounds and countless alumni in the Portland area, we believe we can make an important contribution to the public dialogue,” said James Turk, station manager at KPSU. “This is the first time in 10 years that these signals have been available to organizations such as us and we don’t want to miss this chance.”
The Low Power FM (LPFM) is a 100 watt signal with a broadcast radius of up to five miles. The signals became available after President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act into law in. The Act places an emphasis on the need for Local, Non Profit, and Educational community radio stations to exist in order to foster the diversity of voices and opinions necessary for a robust democracy.
KPSU is a commercial free, non-profit, free format student-run radio station that has been broadcasting since 1994 supports a full spectrum of opinions, ideas and musical tastes. Their goal is to share the unique voice and experiences of students at PSU with people of all ages living in the Portland metro area.
“Our student volunteers and the programming they create are continuously amazing, but without a traditional citywide signal it has been difficult to reach new listeners,” said Turk.
KPSU is hosting a series of concerts and events from April 22nd to May 10th called “Radio Revival” in an effort to raise funds and awareness to acquire the signal and purchase equipment. The event calendar is available at: http://www.kpsu.org/radiorevival.