Radio Free Minturn constructs broadcast studio
MINTURN – Minturn Public Radio has reached a critical stage in offering commercial-free music to the Eagle Valley. The low-powered FM radio station’s founders and the contributing community have been working for the better part of seven years to launch the first radio station of its kind in the area.
“We have recently spent nearly $30,000 on equipment, installation and the building of Radio Free Minturn,” said board member Liz Campbell. “It is exciting to know everything is in place, and we can concentrate on programming and marketing.” The installation on the tower was no small feat, and it couldn’t have been completed without the volunteer help from community members, Campbell said. Using two snowmobiles and a snowcat, the team of five hauled and installed 300 pounds of radio technology onto the remote 150-foot tower, located on Dowd Mountain. “We were so lucky it wasn’t snowing,” said Tim Campbell, radio sherpa. “Thanks to everyone who chipped in to get the equipment up there safely, we couldn’t have done it without you.”
Future listeners are encouraged to e-mail Radio Free Minturn about programming suggestions – artists, tracks and times of day. People can also donate equipment (RFM needs a turntable for vinyl), pledge a donation or inquire about sponsorship. A DJ application form can be found at http://www.minturnradio.org and responses can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.orgOfficial target broadcasting date is scheduled for Memorial Day 2006. KLNX lp will be located at 107.9 FM and will serve the Eagle Valley from Edwards to East Vail with rare intermittent trouble spots that are common in the mountains with low-power FM stations. Contact email@example.com with questions, visit http://www.minturnradio.org or call 827-9079 for more information.