This article is from the January 2012 issue of KC Stage
After several months of planning, fundraising, and construction, KKFI 90.1 FM, a community radio station serving the greater Kansas City area, began broadcasting with its new radio transmitter on July 18. The long-anticipated transmitter replacement has improved the strength and reliability of the 100,000-watt radio signal and replaces the original transmitter the station installed in 1988.
To celebrate the new transmitter going online, the station held an on-air ceremony to recognize the generous contributions of KKFI supporters. City councilwoman Jan Marcason threw the ceremonial switch to the new transmitter.
KKFI was awarded a $78,703 matching grant last year as part of the US Department of Commerce’s Public Telecommunications Facilities Program. The grant was used to replace the station's original transmitter, exciter, audio processor, studio-transmitter link, and necessary upgrades to the ventilation system of KKFI.
KKFI was awarded the grant based on the strength and diversity of its music, news, public affairs, cultural, and arts radio programming. Many of these programs focus on under-served communities in its listening range, which stretches approximately 60 miles in all directions around Kansas City.
KKFI and KC Stage have a long history of working together. KKFI ads regularly appear in the magazine, and, in turn, KKFI broadcasts the weekly This Week on Stage calendar sponsored and produced by KC Stage during the Arts Magazine show hosted by Michael Hogge on Mondays at noon.
Bill Clause is the special events and volunteer manager for KKFI.