KDNK will move to a new spot on dial | AspenTimes.com

KDNK will move to a new spot on dial

John Colson

Carbondale’s public radio station has worked out a deal to serve its listeners in Glenwood Springs, regardless of whether an out-of-town radio giant moves into town.

Radio station KDNK-FM will be broadcast on a new translator frequency, 100.1 FM, starting sometime around the end of May at the latest, said KDNK Station Manager Allen Scott.

The station is heard in Glenwood on frequency 88.3 FM right now, but that frequency may be blotted out if a statewide radio corporation, Colorado Public Broadcasting, is successful in its bid to put a transmitter in Glenwood at frequency 88.1.

Both KDNK and Aspen’s public radio station, KAJX (which broadcasts in Glenwood at 88.9), are currently battling with CPR over its plans to move into the Roaring Fork Valley. If CPR wins the right to put the transmitter in, both KAJX and KDNK would be forced to abandon their Glenwood frequencies because they would be too close to the 88.1 mark.

Scott announced in a statement yesterday that his station “heard through the radio grapevine” that the frequency, previously used by Grand Junction station KISS-FM, would be vacated.

“Rather than wait for the FCC resolution on the [CPR] issue, KDNK decided to take a proactive direction” and negotiated an agreement with translator owners Marc and Joanne Adler of Glenwood Springs and Paula and Marvin Schaffer of Grand Junction, said the statement.

Scott said the station will be paying $600 per year in lease fees for the translator, which he termed “an incredible deal.”

Scott said that even if CPR does not put its transmitter up, KDNK will keep the new frequency, because it will be a stronger signal than the 88.3 frequency.

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