KSJD expands listening area

KSJD has their new office in Cortez. They have expanded the reach of their transmitter to include Mancos and Rico more clearly, and many of the towns in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah who didn’t have any public radio at all. Enlargephoto

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KSJD has their new office in Cortez. They have expanded the reach of their transmitter to include Mancos and Rico more clearly, and many of the towns in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah who didn’t have any public radio at all.

KSJD, the community radio for southwest Colorado and the Four Corners region, and who has their new office in Cortez, expanded their listening area in July 2012. They now can be heard clearly on its new frequency in Mancos — 90.5 FM — and to communities in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. In some places, this is the first locally originated public radio service.

Communities that are now receiving service include Shiprock and Newcomb in New Mexico, Teec Nos Pos and Red Mesa in Arizona, Aneth, Bluff and Blanding in Utah and the Dove Creek area in Colorado.

“In addition, we’ve just received permission from the FCC to operate a translator to serve the residents of Mancos Valley,” said Pope. “We hope to have this service on line by the end of the year at 91.1 FM.”

“We are very excited to be able to provide a new, valuable service to areas that lack many choices in both commercial and public radio,” said Jeff Pope, executive director of KSJD. “In addition, we’re grateful to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe for allowing us to locate the antenna and transmitter on their Hermano Peak transmission facility.”

KSJD operates a community radio model, which means the majority of its live programming is produced by volunteers from the community it serves. The station has about 60 volunteer programmers, who produce music and public affairs programming. The station also broadcasts programming distributed by National Public Radio, Native Voice 1, Public Radio International, American Public Media and Pacifica.

KSJD broadcasts at 90.5 FM in the Montezuma Valley and Dolores, 96.3 in Mancos, 91.1 in Pleasant View, and 89.5 in Rico. Their financial support comes from membership contributions from listeners, underwriting from the business community, and foundation grants.

“We have about 60,000 people in our listening area,” said Pope, “and 1,500 members so far.”