Local radio station braces for frequency interference

first_imgVancouver’s only local radio station, KXRW-FM, revealed last week that some local listeners might tune in and hear different voices through the airwaves soon.Portland radio company Bustos Media has applied to broadcast on the same frequency — 99.9 FM — and its feed from across the Columbia River may overpower some of the local transmissions.Radio industry experts say it’s not an uncommon occurrence, but KXRW worries that it could be a setback for the young, volunteer-run station.“It’s pretty nerve-wracking,” said Susan Galaviz, chair of the radio station’s board of directors. The station launched in March to highlight politics, events and music in Southwest Washington.“It took all of our efforts” to get launched, she said. “Our whole goal is to have a platform to educate and inform folks, and we were just starting to have all local Vancouver musicians on who never have their music on the radio. You can imagine what a bummer it would be if we can’t be heard in Vancouver.”last_img read more