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NEW TOWERS FOR SNOHOMISH & KRKO BLASTS 50KW ON MONDAY
February 20, 2009
(SNOHOMISH, WA) -- Everett based KRKO (1380 AM) radio, owned by S-R Broadcasting Inc., may have the towers for its new radio station constructed by the end of summer and may have the new station on the air at 1520 AM by end of the year. The towers will be located on Snohomish valley farmland.
After years of contentious debate between community members and S-R Broadcasting, the
Snohomish County Council’s recent 3-2 vote on Wednesday overturned a previous hearing examiner's ruling that the towers would pose an unacceptable health risk to the community.
S-R Broadcasting thus has the full green light to start the new station at 1520 AM.
The two 199-foot towers to be built this summer would serve to broadcast signal of the new 1520 AM operation.
Those towers would join four other towers owned by the company (including a 349-foot tower constructed last summer) east of Highway 9 and south of the old Snohomish-Monroe Road that will serve KRKO’s new 50,000 watt signal soon to be covering the greater Puget Sound area under a test phase authorized by the FCC.
KRKO is scheduled to fire up its new 50,000 watt regional signal this coming Monday February 23rd. During the day the station’s power will be regulated at 34,000 watts but at night will go the full 50,000 watts. This is up from the station’s current 5,000 watt daytime signal.
If there are no problems encountered during the testing phase it is expected the FCC with authorize the station a regular license to broadcast at 34,000 day/50,000 night.
KRKO AM will broadcast national (Fox Sports Network) and local sports as it expands its signal coverage area to reach new listeners all the way South to Tacoma and North to Mount Vernon during day time hours.