August 2017

Thanks Hot Springs!

Thanks Hot Springs for coming out last Saturday and supporting community radio!! KUHS is officially two years old, which never could have happened without the outrageous support we get from our town.

And hey, how about that performance by Jimmy Davis? Two plus hours of heartfelt singing, stomping, and feeling. What a treat to have such a stellar performer break in the new stage at SQZBX!!

In case you missed the party, or kept talking during Zac’s big announcement, here is the real reason we wanted to get everyone together. To talk to you about our upcoming change. Read on:

KUHS-LP is moving!! Not our studios, they will still be at 240 Ouachita, but our frequency. We’re bailing on 97.9 and we’re moving to 102.5 on your FM dial.

Who: KUHS-LP Hot Springs, Solar Powered Community Radio, and the more than 70 DJs who make it groove.

What: We are changing our frequency so that we can better cover Hot Springs, and we are adding some hardware to sound better, add text on your radio, increase coverage, handle calls more efficiently, and archive the stream.

When: We are raising money for the big switch, and we will go into testing early 2018, with the switch finalized by April 27th.

Where: We are currently at 97.9 Mhz, but will be moving to 102.5 Mhz, just a short trip up the dial. We’ll help you change your preset if you want. Studios will remain in the same place.

Why: 102.5 has less interference, so we will not get our signal trampled by a larger station somewhere else. On 97.9, its hard to get good reception in a few places in town, and during some weather conditions. We are not upping our power, because we already broadcast at the FCC maximum for our license, but by reducing interference, we should get a signal lock for many more people in town.

 

This is the next big project KUHS will undertake. We have until March to complete the move, so keep an ear to the ground for upcoming parties to keep the good feelings and positive cash flow going!!

Big thanks again to Diana Bratton of Taco Mama for that amazing cake, to Cord Kopkau of The Wine Rack for the wine, to Rose from the Superior Bathhouse Brewery for the delicious beer, and Ben E. Keith for the food and bringing us Jimmy Davis. And thanks to SQZBX for hustling to get the dining room together so we could all take a look!

Saturday night was also a financial success, of our estimated costs we will incur due to the frequency move, we covered 84% of it with the donations from Saturday night!!

Thanks, Hot Springs!!