Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Email Message to CPRB Regarding KCSU-FM

CPRB Readers: Here is an email message from Mario Caballero of KCSU-FM. Many thanks to Mr. Mario Caballero for clearing up the confusion. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available regarding this story. -CPRB Management


Mr. James,

The plan currently going forward is for the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System to enter into a time brokerage agreement with the soon-to-be new 501(c)3 non-profit, educational corporation, tentatively named the Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation. CSU students working in the Student Media department will continue to program KCSU-FM as they have since 1995. The BOG will retain the license. All of this has yet to be finalized as the University and the not-yet-formed corporation have not signed any documents. The BOG approved the concept of the new arrangement just recently, June 3, 2008. As you can imagine, it takes a bit of time to work out all the details. But it appears that everything is on track for a new agreement to be in place by August 1, 2008.

We have not heard of any attempt by Colorado Public Radio to acquire KCSU during this process.

We are trying to provide information as it becomes available for the public. But right now nothing is final. Everything is in a draft form while the University and the new company prepare a new agreement that will allow students to continue to work in a learning environment while serving the community.

Please feel free to contact me if you need more information.

Thank you for your interest.


Mario Caballero
Broadcast Operations Manager
Associate Director
Department of Student Media
Colorado State University


Clarification Sent to The Collegian

CPRB Readers: Please find a clarification below, which CPRB Management posted to The Collegian website. As you can see, there is plenty of blame to go around. We regret the errors. -CPRB Management


CSU Collegian:

Here is what I think happened regarding the misinformation related to your story:
  1. The original Collegian story regarding the KCSU "transfer" was imprecise, and has since been removed from The Collegian’s website.
  2. Colorado Public Radio Blog wrote a story based on the imprecise information from The Collegian.
  3. Westword referenced Colorado Public Radio Blog.
  4. Larry Steward, interim president of RMSMC posted the following information to the Westword Blog and to Colorado Public Radio Blog: "Just a note of clarification regarding KCSU-FM. Under the terms of the Operating Agreement with the soon to be incorporated Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, Colorado State University will retain the KCSU license and enter into a brokerage agreement with the new organization. This agreement will be filed with the FCC in compliance with rules and regulations."
  5. The Collegian removed the original story from The Collegian’s website, not clarifying the ambiguous reference to the word “transfer”.
  6. The Collegian contacted Colorado Public Radio about CPRB because they thought that the Colorado Public Radio Blog is part of Colorado Public Radio. The Colorado Public Radio Blog front page clearly states the following disclaimer: “ColoradoPublicRadio.Blogspot.Com is not affiliated with Colorado Public Radio, Public Radio of Colorado, Inc., member stations, affiliates, or partners."
CPRB will correct the post.

Jimmy James Jr.
Colorado Public Radio Blog


Correction to a Previous Post

The CSU Collegian story from May 18, 2008 (no longer available on their website), making vague references to a license transfer (of KCSU-FM), has been taken off The Collegian website. Today's story runs a statement leading one to believe that such a transfer of license is not in the works. Bottom line: still to be answered is whether or not a transfer of license will make it more or less likely that KCSU-FM could be sold to another non-commercial radio entity.

CPRB Management

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Deadlines and Opportunites Gallore on behalf of Public Radio

YOU HAVE UNTIL JULY 15TH to provide comments to the FCC, regarding the proposal to expand the FM radio dial by 20 channels (advanced by Mullaney Engineering). The space would come from the digital conversion of TV channels five and six, and the abandonment of their analogue frequencies just below the existing FM radio dial. There currently exists a situation among public radio stations in Colorado which screams for expansion; even if it only expands the FM dial slightly.

When Colorado Public Radio moves Classical music KVOD from 90.1 to 88.1 next month, Classical Music devotees north of Longmont will be out of luck. The diminished signal of 88.1 can be improved slightly once channel 6 goes away next year, but only slightly because of KGNU at 88.5 (which recently applied to return to more than 3,000 watts after channel 6 audio departs, just left of the KVOD and KGNU signals.

Here is where a little more wiggle room would help everyone concerned. Current FM tuners can usually receive frequencies down to about 87.5 FM (if your tuner receives channel 6 audio you know this is true). If the authorized FM band were expanded by the FCC just down to 87.5 from the current 88.1, a quick fix for KVOD and KGNU would be possible, with KVOD moving to 87.7 and KGNU to 88.3 (so KGNU could move one channel away from KCME, in Colorado Springs at 88.7). All stations involved could then improve their signals substantially.

Since everyone has a different vision, regarding HOW the FM band should expand, your comments to the FCC should include such specifics for the sake of public radio.

IN OTHER FCC MATTERS, YOU WILL ALSO HAVE A CHANCE IN THE COMING WEEKS TO PROVIDE COMMENTS TO THE FCC, REGARDING THE LICENSE TRANSFER OF KCSU, FORT COLLINS. The Colorado State Board of Agriculture, the governing body of Colorado State University, has announced it is relinquishing control of student-operated KCSU (as well as the student newspaper "The Collegian"), and will hand over the reigns of control to a non-profit Board of Directors. The FCC mandates that radio license transfers must undergo a 45 day public comment period.

As written several months ago, prior to the pending KCSU changes, one of Colorado Public Radio's (CPR's) options to continue serving Classical music listeners in Fort Collins-Loveland-Greeley (when KVOD is switched to 88.1 in July) is for CPR to gain control of KCSU. It is one of several options listed in the column on this page titled: "CRAZY EIGHTS: TAKING OFF IN 2008 WITH 88.1 IN PLAY". Now, if CPR has an interest in KCSU, they can participate in the FCC comment period. CPR's comments to the FCC, if any, would be interesting to say the least.

Another, less obtrusive option for CPR is possible in Northern Colorado. That would only require CPR to place KVOD on its' HD-2 signal for KCFR/ 90.1. But in order to ease the pain for listeners without HD capability, CPR could also bite the bullet and give KVOD contributors in Larimer-Weld a discount coupon, good for the purchase of HD receivers for home and autos. If that sounds a bit extravagant, consider the alternative: listener blowback that's about to occur in Fort Collins-Loveland-Greeley when 90.1 is switched to KCFR news. Another way to look at this option is to think of it as a race.... a race in which CPR tries to make loyal listeners comfortable with HD technology, versus letting once loyal supporters walk away, toward the satellite receiver route for their classical fix. In a recent column in Radio World Magazine, one public radio station in the Midwest has one of their staff; among them the station G.M., deliver and set up the HD radio to every member who buys one.

Is CPR willing to go that extra mile? In this case, we are talking about (by the year 2030) a Larimer-Weld population base of 750,000. The costs now could pay great dividends down the road.