Vail Valley radio station moving down the dial
VAIL – A local radio station, Ski Country, is changing its location on the dial starting Tuesday morning, owner NRC Broadcasting Inc. said.
The station, KSKE, has previously been at 104.7 on the FM dial. Its new frequency will be 101.7 in the Eagle River Valley, 95.3 in Vail and 97.5 in Summit County.
The new Ski Country frequencies were previously used by KTUN The Eagle, which is also owned by NRC. That station will go on hiatus, said Steve Wodlinger, vice president of NRC Broadcasting.
The change happened after the owner of the license for 104.7, Chicago-based Superior Broadcasting, sent a letter to NRC Broadcasting last week terminating the agreement that allowed Ski Country to operate at 104.7, Wodlinger said.
NRC Broadcasting is based in Denver and also owns locally broadcasted stations Jack FM, KNFO Smart Radio and La Nueva Mix.
The director of operations and programming for Ski Country, who goes by the name “B.T.,” said the move was a positive thing for the radio station, giving it a wider audience in Eagle County. The old frequency did not have a strong signal in some areas of Eagle and Gypsum, NRC officials said.
“I’ve very excited,” B.T. said. “This is a good move for Ski Country.”
Meanwhile, the company that owns competing local radio station has entered into an agreement to broadcast on 104.7.
Cool Radio LLC, which owns KZYR The Zephyr, has entered into an agreement with Superior Broadcasting to use 104.7, said Tom Dobrez, owner of Cool Radio.
“They were just looking for another partner in the market to lease their radio station, and they contacted us,” Dobrez said.
Dobrez said the company has not yet decided on what type of programming it will broadcast on the frequency.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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