Coast Community Radio receives grants
February 14, 2019
Coast Community Radio (CCR), the nonprofit radio station in the Columbia-Pacific region, has received a $15,000 grant from Templin Foundation.
Station Manager Graham Nystrom wrote the grant for money toward the purchase and installation of a new 5,000 watt transmitter. This generous grant moves the station significantly closer to being able to replace the essential, but aged and often repaired transmitter atop Megler Mountain, KMUN’s primary broadcast site. Transmitters of this kind range in cost from $30,000-$40,000.
“Regular equipment overhaul is a necessary process in the functioning and maintenance of a viable radio station like Coast Community Radio,” said Nystrom, “In fact it was a grant from the Templin Foundation last year, funding replacement of three vital but aging pieces of equipment related to the transmitter, that provided the stimulus for a capital campaign to overhaul the station’s entire broadcast chain.” The campaign is a three-year plan, of which the first year defines a goal of at least $25,000 from local foundations. This year’s Templin Foundation grant provides a jump-start toward meeting or exceeding that goal from local foundations. The total fundraising goal for year one of the equipment overhaul from all potential sources is $100,000.