Proposed Tabernash radio tower sending the wrong signals to some neighbors
August 9, 2016
A proposed radio tower in Tabernash has some neighbors submitting complaints to the county. The tower would broadcast KFFR 88.3 FM, a community based radio station owned by Fraser Valley Community Media, Inc. According to the KFFR website, Fraser Valley Community Media is a Colorado non-profit corporation. In October 2007 the FCC opened a five-day window for applications for full powered, noncommercial radio licenses, and KFFR was granted a license. The website states that the station started broadcasting in April 2015, but is currently silent while they construct a permanent tower.
Denis Moynihan is President of Fraser Valley Community Media and owns the property that the tower would be located on.
According to Bill Gray, Community Development Director for Grand County, the property is Zoned Forestry and Open District. Telecommunication towers are permitted in this zone district, but do require zoning approval and a building permit. KFFR does not currently have a zoning approval or building permit. If the radio tower is over 35 feet tall it requires special review and approval from the BOCC.
Gray said the county has received many complaints regarding the tower because some residents of the area have concerns about the appearance, environmental impacts, and questions on why it needs to be in a residential area.
According to KFFR's website, Moynihan founded Fraser Valley Community Media in 2007 to ensure the Fraser Valley had a chance at getting a new radio station in the FCC's "once-in-a-generation full-power, non-commercial FM broadcast opportunity."
Moynihan has over 15 years experience across all platforms of the independent media sector including growing sustainable content production, developing novel distribution systems, and marketing. He is the co-founder of Democracy Now! Productions, Inc. In 2006, Moynihan was appointed to a two-year term on the US FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee, where he chaired the Media Ownership subcommittee. He co-authored and passed measures against further corporate media consolidation. Moynihan provides critical logistical and legal support to journalists reporting from crisis locations globally such as US occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq and natural disaster zones, according to the website. Moynihan co-authored the book The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman. Moynihan now splits his time between the Fraser Valley and Denver.
On Tuesday, July 5 Community Development issued Moynihan a Stop Work Order for work being done without required county approvals and permits. Moynihan complied with the order and work was stopped immediately. Moynihan submitted an application for administrative review and zoning approval for the proposed 35-foot radio tower on July 20. Community Development completed a review of the request asking for additional information in order to determine compliance with county zoning regulations. The proposed radio tower would be located on County Road 8483 in Tabernash.Moynihan is in the process of responding to the review, according to Gray.
The Sky-Hi News intends to conduct an interview with Moynihan in the next week.