Station News

Happenings around and regarding the station.

KPFZ Receives Star of Lake County Award

At the 21st Annual Stars of Lake County produced by the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, KPFZ was honored to be awarded the Non-Profit of the Year Star.

KPFZ 2019 Star AwardSince 1998, the Chamber has had the privilege of acknowledging over 1860 individuals, organizations, and businesses throughout Lake County through the Stars program. To date, almost 430 Recipients have been awarded the prestigious ‘Star Award’.  Anyone can nominate an individual or business for an award.

Lake County Community Radio, KPFZ 88.1 FM is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.  We are listener-supported and rely on your contributions to continue broadcasting.  Volunteer-based community radio stations are cultural institutions in their communities, reflecting the unique concerns and passions of the people who live there. With a system of governance based on openness and collaboration, and diverse programming produced by volunteers and funded by listeners, these stations are cornerstones of participatory democracy, offering ordinary citizens the chance to exercise First-Amendment rights in a mass medium and audiences the opportunity to directly support the programming that is of importance to them.  KPFZ is proud to be Lake County's community radio station.

Thank you to all our Programmers, Board Members, volunteers and supporters.  You are what makes KPFZ what it is.  Without you, we would not have received the Star award.

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.

GoFundMe link
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.

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

The Lake County Community Radio Board Of Directors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 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.

LCCR Board Of Directors Meet on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 6:15 p.m.

The Lake County Community Radio Board Of Directors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 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.

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.