Launched six years ago in Round Mountain, community radio station KKRN is expanding.
Volunteers for the past few weeks have been building a studio in downtown Redding where the station, 88.5 on the FM dial, hopes to start broadcasting from next month.
Program Director Bobbi Tryon said the station has done well since it first hit the air June 28, 2011. However it can be a challenge, especially in the winter, for volunteers in Redding to make the drive to Round Mountain.
“We want to make it more accessible, make it accessible for Shasta College students who might want to get involved,” Tryon said. “We just want to stir up a little more interest. We know we have a lot of listeners in Redding.”
The new studio is at 1320 Yuba St. just west of Pine Street. The studio is downstairs and to the left as you enter Suite B2 in the building.
Station support continues to grow. KKRN expects to bring in a record $40,000 this fiscal year from listener support, underwriting and the fundraising events it hosts, said Station Manager Ellen Suggs. The station’s fiscal year runs July 1 through June 30.
“We don’t pay any people. It’s all volunteers,” said Suggs, a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Burney.
The station airs local and national talk shows like Thom Hartman and Amy Goodman. About 20 percent of its programming is local, Tyron said.
KKRN features talk shows and commentary 5:30 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, and then music until 4 p.m. before talk and commentary return until 8 p.m.
“Weekends we are basically all music,” said Tyron, who lives in Chico and was a nurse at Hill Country Clinic in Round Mountain.
The station’s Round Mountain headquarters and studio is inside the teen center at Hill Country Clinic.
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