Local Radio Station Making Upgrades

Feb 21, 2013 2:46 PM

91.1 has been on the air for roughly ten years, but it hasn't been an easy road.

Station President Tom Griffis says, "We were down for almost two years not broadcasting at all. Then the FCC told us we either have to go back to low power or go to full power. Well we couldn't go to full power without our license to broadcast. So, we stuck with our low power just to keep our license intact."

The station would eventually catch a break. 2 months ago it was able to make the switch to full power, and the station now reaches more than 200,000 people within a 60 mile radius. Other recent changes include going from an analog signal to digital, and changing the station's call letters from KRBS to KROV. The format is one thing that hasn't changed. KROV continues to provide local news and weather on a daily basis. It's something that has kept Ron Ullman around for nearly the entire run of the station.

"It's fun. I really enjoy it. I tell everybody on the air that I really enjoy doing it," he says.

What some people may not know is that KROV is non-profit and run completely by volunteers. They rely on community donations to stay afloat each month. Now that the station is able to reach more people in the North State, volunteers say they hope to expand their operations and become an information and event hub for the community.

"We've got a much bigger area in this studio than what we had on Bird Street. We'll be putting on events inside the building here, and if we can, we might even set up an outdoor area for special staging of events," says Griffis.

If you'd like more information about KROV, or want to find out how you can help the community station, go to www.orovilleradio.org.


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