Radio Duvall, the small local FM radio station which began with such high hopes a couple of years ago, but in the end was never able to broadcast a program, has been revived with a new name.
In early October, local residents Ian King and Leo Slezak brought a number of people together to restart work on the local community radio station, renaming it Valley 103.1.
Since that mid-October meeting a new board of directors was formed and now consists of a strong nine member board, according to radio station president Stuart Lisk. The board also officially changed the name of the station to Valley 103.1 to better reflect the geographic area they will service which is primarily Carnation and Duvall.
The call letters are KAPY.
The board has also established a number of committees to make progress in a number of areas such as website and streaming development. It is their intent to be streaming on the internet by sometime in early January 2017.
The new officers are as follows:
President – Stuart Lisk
VP – Leo Slezak
Secretary – Meredith Mitchell
Treasurer – Terry Spring
Members at Large
Valley 103.1 FM is a 501 (c) nonprofit community-based volunteer 100-watt Low Power FM (LPFM) radio station serving Carnation and Duvall, parts of Redmond Ridge and southern Monroe.
Valley 103.1 will provide a mix of music, talk, news, local culture, agricultural, educational and specialty programming to name a few.
Valley 103.1 is managed by the board of directors and many local volunteers. Shows are locally produced, performed and established by creative residents.
Radio Duvall (original call letters KRDI) received its LPFM license in January 2014. It was the brainchild of the station’s president and founder, Daisy Pongrakthai.
The mission of the station was: “To provide Duvall and the Snoqualmie Valley a means to better communicate and develop understanding for a stronger, more integrated community. To broadcast a variety of locally created programs, to be an ally in any emergency, to be a community owned, home grown radio station.”
The new studio is currently located in Monroe at a board member’s house. The board is seeking funds to construct a studio in Carnation or Duvall depending on where they can find a location for a reasonable price.
The station was planning a contiguous 24 hour test broadcast beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th. The official launch of the radio station is scheduled for January 7th.
They are seeking funding and volunteers in a number of different areas including sponsorship, underwriting, marketing, engineering, grant writing and much more.