Station News

Happenings around and regarding the station.

Help Stop the Station Stutter!

You may have noticed that while listening to KPFZ at 88.1 on the FM dial, there are times where the music and talk isn't very clear.  Or perhaps you've tuned in at 5 a.m. and found the station is off the air.  These are 2 of the symptoms of a serious issue facing KPFZ as we enter our 10th year as a full power station.

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Help us Stop the Station Stutter by clicking on the above link to donate funds for the STL system.

The problem is complex - the solution requires a large infusion of funds.  The fix is a licensed STL system that needs to be engineered, applied for, and approved through the FCC. Then, the equipment needs to be purchased and installed.  Estimated cost is $20,000 for the equipment, license fee, and setup.

KPFZ Resumes Regular Broadcasting

On Monday, August 13, 2018, KPFZ programmers resumed their regularly scheduled broadcasts.  This decision was made by the Board of Directors since with the exception of the Lake Pillsbury community, our towns are all open to repopulation and the recovery process is underway.  According to our Cal Fire Representative, September 1st is the estimated date for the fire's containment.

Because the recovery phase is long lasting and the fire is still active, all programmers have been asked to read announcements that may come in from agencies supporting fire recovery or other fire information. It is the Board's hope that talk shows will continue to provide fire related information to callers as best they can. There is a PSA binder in the Studio with relevant information and referral phone numbers.

KPFZ Broadcasts Affected by Mendocino Complex Fire

KPFZ broadcasts have been affected by the Mendocino Complex Fire.  On Sunday, July 29, 2018, the City of Lakeport was issued a mandatory evacuation.  The KPFZ Studio is located in Lakeport. 

At the time of the order, David Lark, KPFZ web developer, and Brad, a frequent caller, called in on the Studio phone lines.  They, along with Ben Weiss, host of the Ham Radio College, started broadcasting information about the Mendocino Complex Fire from their homes.  They managed to stay connected using their phones for over 6 hours and providing valuable information to those affected by the fires.

Sherriff Brian Martin has agreed to allow a skeleton crew to man the station.  KPFZ is back on the air at this time.  However, if conditions change, KPFZ may have to stop broadcasting temporarily.  Watch this site and the Lake County Community Radio Facebook page for updated information.

A special thank you to David, Ben, and Brad!  You ROCK!

Be safe.

LCCR Board Of Directors Meet on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6:15 p.m.

The Lake County Community Radio Board Of Directors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6:15 p.m.  The meeting is held on the third Thursday of each month.

Board members will meet upstairs in the KPFZ office at 149 North Main Street in Lakeport. The public is always encouraged and welcome to attend. There is an agenda item for Public Input for items not on the agenda.  Each speaker has up to 3 minutes.  Please check in with this website or the KPFZ station at 707-263-3640 for meeting agendas and any updates.

When the agenda and minutes are available, they will be posted in the comments.

Mark your calendars! See you there.

KPFZ FUN-a-thon Starts on Saturday, April 14

The annual, weeklong KPFZ FUN-a-thon starts on Saturday, April 14 and continues through the end of the broadcast day on Friday, April 20th.  Lake County Community Radio depends on this fundraiser for the majority of its annual operating budget.  Even though KPFZ is an all volunteer organization, there are still expenses including tower rental fees, studio rent, PG&E, and equipment maintenance, to name a few.

Annual membership levels start at $50 for an individual up to $200 for a business.  Members receive a discount on KPFZ event tickets.  KPFZ is a 501(c)(3) organization so your membership donation could be tax deductible.  There are several ways to join or renew your membership.  Sign-up online by clicking here.  Print a membership form to register by USPS mail.  Mail the completed form along with your payment to KPFZ 88.1 FM, POB 446, Lakeport, CA 95453.  Call the KPFZ office at 707/263.3640 to join over the phone.

The FUN-a-thon kicks off at 7 a.m. on Saturday.  Stu, host of Surface Noise, will be in the studio for a live show instead of the ususal rebroadcast.  Rumor has it he will have a couple of special guests on the show!  he fun continues throughout the day and all the way through Friday evening.  If you've never seen the station or even if you have, come on by at 149 North Main Street.  This is a great time to meet the KPFZ programmers, volunteers, and fellow listeners.  Bring a snack or beverage to share with other listeners.

Volunteers are needed to help answer the pledge phone lines, solicit funds, and more.  If you are interested in volunteering, call 707/263.3640 or stop by the studio. 

Thank you for making KPFZ community radio!

KPFZ Board of Directors Meeting on January 18 at 6:15 p.m.

The Board Of Directors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6:15 p.m.  The meeting is held on the third Thursday of each month.

Board members will meet upstairs in the KPFZ office at 149 North Main Street in Lakeport. The public is always encouraged and welcome to attend. There is an agenda item for Public Input for items not on the agenda.  Each speaker has up to 3 minutes.  Please check in with this website or the KPFZ station at 707-263-3640 for meeting agendas and any updates.

When the agenda and minutes are available, they will be posted in the comments.

Mark your calendars! See you there.