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KMRE Community to Leave SPARK Museum, Holds Town Hall Meeting To Determine Its Future

BELLINGHAM, WA — Thirteen-year old community radio station KMRE 102.3 FM (kmre.org)  is holding two community meetings to determine its new home and future.

  • 3:00 pm Saturday, November 4,  Bellingham Public Library
    (210 Central Avenue, Bellingham)
  • 5:00 pm Sunday, November 5, Fairhaven Library
    (1117 12th Street, Bellingham)

After more than a decade of broadcasting from the SPARK Museum, KMRE 102.3 FM, one of the few independent nonprofit community stations on the FM dial, is looking for a new home.

“SPARK Museum has been a great host to us for all these years however due to space issues, we will need to find a new location for our community studio.” said Station Manager Suzanne Blais.

The Federal Communications Commission rarely grants licenses for community  stations. KMRE must continue to broadcast as they look for a new location or lose its license and the public’s access to the airwaves. “If this signal goes away, it  is likely that Bellingham and Whatcom County will never see access to the community airwaves again,” said Blais, “If local media is important to you, now is the time to show up.” 

The change comes at a time of expansion for the station. KMRE has steadily upgraded their studio over the last year and more than doubled the amount of local programming they broadcast, providing over 30 local programs. “This is a big step for us– it’s an opportunity to evolve into a separate organization from the Spark Museum, which has many challenges, but is also very exciting.”

KMRE features local arts and educational programs like “Spark Science,” and “Up Close and Personal.”  It is also one of the few remaining sources for classic style radio dramas. Viking Radio Theatre, Bellingham Terror and the Chuckanut Radio Hour are locally produced at KMRE.

Thanks to a partnership with Daylight Properties, KMRE’s transmitter is located on top of the Bellingham Herald building, allowing the signal to reach north to Ferndale and south into Skagit County. With a potential change in location, the station seeks to know if the community wants  it to continue broadcasting or if it is time to hang up the microphones.

“If you love community radio, the local shows we produce on KMRE, and public access to airwaves, we need to hear from you at one of these meetings or over the next month. This is our chance to decide what KMRE will become. We are working very hard to ensure that KMRE stays on the air but we can’t do it without public input,” said Blais. “Together, we can ensure our community has a voice on the air for years to come.”

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Contact: Suzanne Blais, Station Manager

Phone: (360) 510-6902.  Email: suzanne@sparkmuseum.org

 

 

KMRE Election Night Coverage 

The KMRE Public Affairs Team will be live with hot updates and insights for Election Night, 2017! Join us November 7 starting at 5:30 pm for a local perspective on national, state and local election results. The only local, live coverage in Whatcom County on KMRE 102.3 FM and kmre.org. Get your ballot in and get your radio on!

 

 

KMRE Trivia Night 

  • November 14
  • Goat Mountain Pizza 211 West Holly, Bellingham
  • 7:00 PM
  • $5

Enjoy a thrilling night of pub-style trivia AND support your local radio station all at once! Come on down to Goat Mountain Pizza at 7pm on Weds, Nov. 15th for Spark Radio Trivia Night. $5/person to play, and you could win a slew of prizes from local businesses. All proceeds benefit 102.3 FM KMRE. Trivia hosted by local sass-master Riley Sweeney