Boise Community Radio receives FCC green light to broadcast on 89.9 FM!!

April 24, 2008 – Boise Community Radio announced today that they have been issued a “construction permit” from the FCC, authorizing them to broadcast a local radio signal on 89.9 FM. The nonprofit organization was among the first 10% of applicants to have permits granted from the 3500 requests filed in October for new, noncommercial radio station licenses.

The proposed coverage area from Ontario, OR to east of Boise (over 3,000 square miles) is the largest population in the country not presently being served by independent, community-based, noncommercial radio. 

“It is extremely gratifying to finally receive permission to broadcast in our community”, said Executive Director, Jeff Abrams. “We are relieved to be out of the bureaucratic process, for now, and are eager to get the station on the air. Our board and dedicated volunteers have seen us through some trying moments over the years – it’s exhilarating for them to have had their faith and patience rewarded.” 

Boise Community Radio’s programming will have a daily impact on listeners by creating and encouraging opportunities for residents of the Treasure Valley to access local media. 

“It’s a watershed opportunity available to the community, now, to help build a media organization from scratch. The Treasure Valley is in a unique and coveted position – to actually have this authority from the FCC – it’s a humbling and thrilling time for all of us.” 

Boise Community Radio currently broadcasts on the internet 24 hours a day at Volunteer programmed, the webcast offers 24 hours of programming a day, including music, local issues-based content, and nationally distributed independent news and public affairs programs such as Democracy Now! and Free Speech Radio News. 

Boise Community Radio is now readying to launch a capital campaign and seeks to raise $250,000 in local donations for equipment purchases and operational expenses. In addition, the organization has requested $400,000 in construction funds from the Department of Commerce.


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