Grand County’s KUNC signal goes live today |

Grand County’s KUNC signal goes live today

Today at 3 p.m., a voice over the radio airwaves will say, “KUNC 91.5 serving Greeley, Fort Collins, KRNC 88.5 in Steamboat Springs, and welcoming Grand County residents at 91.9 from Granby Ranch at SolVista Ski Basin.”

And, even though it seemed doubtful a year ago, Grand County listeners will actually be able to hear the message coming from their car radios ” minus the static.

“We’re planning to flip the switch at 2:59 p.m.,” said Nancy D’Albergaria, development director for KUNC National Public Radio, Greeley.

That means NPR listeners will have their frequency back in time for “All Things Considered.”

The flipped switch marks the return of a signal lost to Grand County’s airwaves last July, when the station’s main transmitter moved to a site that improved coverage along the Front Range and increased reach into the Denver-metro area.

Public radio listeners couldn’t live long without their daily doses, so a fundraising effort was launched and $44,205.50 was raised from 111 donations, two of which amounted to $10,000 each.

The Grand Foundation of Grand County pitched in a $5,000 grant.

“Those were significant gifts, but in my mind, every gift is significant,” D’Albergaria said. “Every gift helped us accomplish the goal.”

Granby Ranch provided KUNC the antenna space at SolVista Ski Basin in return for on-air underwriting. Since public radio does not have advertisements, it does have underwriters with regulation by the FCC on what can be said.

The new signal will provide public radio service to the Granby, Grand Lake, Tabernash, Fraser, and Winter Park areas.

Although all sites have not yet been tested, D’Albergaria said the station feels confident the signal will reach the corners of East Grand County.

“We are overwhelmed by the kind of response from people in terms of how passionate they are about our station,” she said. “In some ways it’s humbling, in other ways it makes me feel good about what I do, and I think I don’t just speak for myself but for the whole station.”

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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