KPOV To Go "Full Power", KWAX to Change Frequency
Bend community low-power radio station KPOV has been awarded a full-power FCC license. Congrats to them, as they're a great bunch of folks and it'll be great for them to get their station out there more. When they get everything all built up, they'll be broadcasting on 88.9 FM instead of their current 106.7.
Why does 88.9 sound familiar? As I've mentioned before, 88.9 is used by KWAX -- a University of Oregon-based classical music station -- as a local translator. Since KPOV was awarded this license, KWAX has to quit broadcasting on that frequency when KPOV goes live on the new channel. KWAX already broadcasts locally on 88.5 out of Redmond and 90.1 out of Sunriver, but neither of those translators came in as good as the 88.9 out of Bend (I'm a classical music guy, and like KWAX's programming).
So I e-mailed the folks at KWAX, and asked them what their plan was for the Bend translator. Their response:
We have one more application to get through the FCC and will then have permission to build the identical facility we have now, but on 98.9. You should notice no difference in the quality or coverage of the translator after the frequency change. We hope to have it completed by the end of the summer, well in advance of the new station beginning operation.Good to hear they'll still have a good solid Bend translator, and congrats to the KPOV folks!