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New Stations For FM Listeners To Try
BILL VIRGIN P-I reporter. Seattle Post - Intelligencer. Seattle, Wash.: Oct 28, 2004. pg. C.2

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[Sandi Woodruff] has been working on several applications that have made it through the application pipeline. One is for 92.9 in the Seattle area, which will retransmit KGHO-LP (94.3), a low-power FM station with a rock-oldies format broadcasting in Aberdeen-Hoquiam.

The specific formats that those translators will carry haven't been announced. Woodruff, who consults with low-power FM stations, as well as commercial enterprises, says one idea is to tie LPFM stations and Web-based broadcasters into a sort of network that would use translators to cover the entire region. The low-power FM stations and the Webcasters would originate programming, since under FCC rules translators aren't allowed to originate programming themselves.

Fret not, "Music With Moskowitz" fans. While the Sunday evening version of the program is no more, what with the demise of KYCW-AM, the Madman's show of comedy and novelty songs is returning to Everett community station KSER-FM (90.7) noon-2 p.m. Saturdays. The theme for this week is Halloween songs.

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Copyright Hearst Communications Inc., Hearst Newspapers Division Oct 28, 2004
RADIO BEAT

Radio listeners throughout the region are about to encounter some new stations on the dial, thanks to the addition of translators.

Translators are simply a way of retransmitting a station's signal, on a different frequency. They're often used by radio stations to cover shadows in their signal coverage caused by terrain, although the Federal Communications Commission also allows translator stations to extend a station's coverage beyond its primary territory.

Last year the FCC opened a filing window for translators and got swamped by 13,000 applications. The commission has since been working through the backlog of applicants and has granted some approvals, including in Seattle.

"It's going to be a very full FM band when they're done," says Sandi Woodruff, an Olympia-based broadcast engineering consultant.

Woodruff has been working on several applications that have made it through the application pipeline. One is for 92.9 in the Seattle area, which will retransmit KGHO-LP (94.3), a low-power FM station with a rock-oldies format broadcasting in Aberdeen-Hoquiam.

Two others in the Seattle area, at 94.5 and 97.7, were applied for by Sam-Sno Educational Media, which Woodruff says is a group interested in community radio.

The specific formats that those translators will carry haven't been announced. Woodruff, who consults with low-power FM stations, as well as commercial enterprises, says one idea is to tie LPFM stations and Web-based broadcasters into a sort of network that would use translators to cover the entire region. The low-power FM stations and the Webcasters would originate programming, since under FCC rules translators aren't allowed to originate programming themselves.

One of the most prolific application filers has been Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls, Idaho, which uses translators to distribute two radio networks it operates, one for contemporary Christian music (with seven outlets in Washington, according to its Web site), the other with religious talk and instruction (25 translators in the state).

In other radio notes:

Fret not, "Music With Moskowitz" fans. While the Sunday evening version of the program is no more, what with the demise of KYCW-AM, the Madman's show of comedy and novelty songs is returning to Everett community station KSER-FM (90.7) noon-2 p.m. Saturdays. The theme for this week is Halloween songs.

Live performances on KEXP-FM (90.3) include The Femurs, 8 p.m. Saturday; Delgados, 11 a.m. Monday; The Hurricane Lamps, 1 p.m. Monday.

Orson Welles' classic production of "The War of the Worlds" airs on KUOW-FM (94.9) at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Infernal Noise Brigade performs on "Sonarchy" at midnight Saturday on KEXP-FM.

Jim Kampmann interviews David Ziskin, author of "The Real Police," on Sandusky Radio's public affairs programs which air Sunday at 5 a.m. on KLSY-FM (92.5), 5:30 a.m. on KIXI-AM (880), 6 a.m. on KWJZ-FM (98.9) and 7 a.m. on KKNW-AM (1150).

Kate Daniels interviews Marcia Angell, author of "The Truth About Drug Companies," on "Sunday Morning Magazine" at 5:30 a.m. Saturday on KRWM-FM (106.9).

Don Riggs' guests on "Introspect Northwest" at 7 a.m. Sunday on KMPS-FM (94.1) and KPTK-AM (1090) include author T.C. Boyle.

Smokey Robinson is the guest on "Rock and Roll Time Machine" at 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday on KBSG-FM (97.3).

Lee Callahan interviews BBC filmmaker Greg Palast about "Bush Family Fortune" on "Mountain Magazine" at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on KMTT- FM (103.7).

The Sunday edition of Jim French's "Imagination Theatre," heard at 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on KIXI-AM (880), includes a new adventure of Raffles the Gentleman Thief.

P-I reporter Bill Virgin can be reached at 206-448-8319 or billvirgin@seattlepi.com.

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