New talk radio station to air in Yampa Valley

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— A new talk radio station goes on the air next week, and the main transmitter is going to be near Hayden, off of the Cog Road. The signal will be backed by 27,000 watts, which makes it the most powerful one in the county. And, because it is just outside of town, Hayden residents will have the clearest signal in the valley.

The talk forum station, KRMR, 107.3 FM, will begin testing this week and officially begin broadcasting next week.

The new station has been in the works for about four years. The former owner of KFMU, Charlie Moss, started the process because there was an opportunity to construct another transmitter in Hayden. Federal Communications Commission regulations say towns as small as those in Routt and Moffat counties can only have two transmitters apiece.

"We had this opportunity for a new station, and we decided to go with a talk format," KFMU station manager Brian Harvey said. "There's a couple of country stations, oldies, a few variations of rock, there's National Public Radio, but there really hasn't been a full-time talk format in the valley. I felt there was a need. We can broadcast sports, eventually pro-football games, hockey games and baseball games."

In addition to sports, the station will receive national signals via satellite from a few fairly well-known radio personalities.

Rush Limbaugh, who, Harvey said, is a rather opinionated and not necessarily widely-agreed with host, may be popular because of his historical success and the reactions he tends to provoke.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a psychologist who takes phone calls from listeners with relationship or psychological questions.

Dr. Dean Adell is a doctor who helps listeners diagnose their aches and pains and gives them further direction.

"All these personalities are heavy hitters in the talk industry," Harvey said.

The FCC has a freeze on re-transmitters, which Harvey would like to put on Emerald Mountain to ensure the clearest signal to the Steamboat area.

"The best we could do was come up with a very powerful signal 27,000 watts, to try to get the signal from Hayden to Steamboat clearly," Harvey said.

To reach Bonnie Nadzam call 871-4205 or e-mail bnadzam@amigo.net

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