1975: With the benefit of its new equipment, in March KOPN begins
broadcasting in stereo at 40,000 watts on 89.5 FM (its current bandwidth)
and expands its range to fifty miles. This power increase initially
brings some complaints about KOPN's signal being heard on toasters
and electric toothbrushes in the area, but the problems are soon
resolved. In May, a program produced by and for local senior citizens
is begun, and singer-guitarist Bonnie Raitt performs a benefit concert
for the station. KOPN management reaches out to allied stations across
the country by attending the National Alternative Radio Conference in
Madison, Wisconsin in June.
New Wave TV Channel 56 is on the air
After revving up the engine of this comparatively massive rig--the
television project--and letting it idle for several months in
preparation, New Wave Corporation, about the first of September
(1975) finally pulled away from the curb.
Now the shifting gears on the tractor-trailer is not quite the same
experience as running through the four gears on the old VW bus.
Similarly, getting Public Television rolling cannot justly be compared
to raising the wherewithal for radio. In the first place, the
inertia--caused primarily by the sheer financial weight of the
hardware involved--was pretty difficult to overcome. But it was.
Secondly, it became all too apparent that few of us knew even how many
gears are involved in a project like this--let alone how one goes about
shifting them. But we're learning.
We are gratefully receiving public service announcements on KOMU-TV,
which so far have generated a fair amount of interest and curiosity
from people who otherwise might not have been reached in our mailings.
We've also received and excellent 30 minute videotape program produced
by Channel 19 (Kansas City PBS affiliate) highlighting the upcoming PBS
season. This we've taken to several civic groups in order to acquaint
people with what could be available.
We believe that New Wave Television can be on the air before this
coming summer. But we have to raise the capital soon. If you can
help, either financially or physically, let us know. If you belong
to an organization that would like to see the half-hour program,
please write us and we'll set up a time to view it. We can also
provide someone to answer questions you might have.
The New Wave Corporation is shifting into fourth gear (or is it
Mark Roebuck, New Wave Television