|City of license||Portland, Oregon|
|Broadcast area||Northeast Portland|
|Slogan||The little station with big ideas|
|First air date||May 14, 1958 (as KRRC at 89.3)|
|Former callsigns||KRRC (1958-2013)|
|Former frequencies||89.3 MHz (1958-1981)
107.5 MHz (1981-1990?)
104.1 MHz (1990?-2001?)
97.9 MHz (2001?-2013)
(Cascade Educational Broadcast System)
KXRY (91.1 FM) is a low power non-commercial radio station in Portland, Oregon, United States operating under the name XRAY.fm. It is a mixed-format progressive, independent radio station which broadcasts progressive talk radio, cultural programs, and music of a wide variety of genres played by its disc jockeys. Its broadcast license is owned by Common Frequency, LLC, and it is operated under a Local Management Agreement by Cascade Educational Broadcast System.
KXRY streams online at xray.fm.
The Reed College Radio Club was founded in 1954 by a group of students with the goal of pursuing “the technical and programming aspects of radio broadcasting.” The club was one of the most popular on campus, and launched KRCB-AM in October 1955, at 660 AM.
Reed students financed the station, and physics students built some of the equipment, including a 40-watt transmitter. The station used a system that transmitted the signal through area power lines, eliminating the need for antennae. The station carried programming atypical of radio in the area from its earliest days, as well as programming tied in with classes and campus activities.
The station moved to 89.3 FM on May 14, 1958, and became KRRC. When classes began the next fall, the station's inaugural broadcast featured messages from U.S. Senator Wayne Morse and other prominent Oregonians.
KRRC has encountered numerous technical problems over the years, often dropping off the air, and many have doubted its continued existence. In 1981 it moved to 107.5 FM. The station's signal is barely audible outside the Reed campus.
In the 1980s and '90s, college radio stations across the country had a heavy influence on the music industry, promoting "alternative rock" bands like R.E.M. and The Pixies; but KRRC took a more maverick approach, playing a wider variety of music.
In 1992 the station petitioned the Federal Communications Commission for permission to locate its transmitter on the KGON tower in the West Hills, to get a better range from its weak signal, but the request was declined. As of 1994, the station was using a 10 watt transmitter, and its operating budget for one semester was $6,000. This station now airs online at krrcfm.com.
In the early 2000s, a Christian radio station from Tillamook moved to Portland and took over the 104.1 frequency. Between 2000 and 2011, the station broadcast at 97.9 FM. A network stream of programming is available for those on the campus network.
KRRC has gone through tumultuous times in recent years. When it appeared that the station might be on its last leg, students once again stepped up, to save KRRC and preserve the Reed College radio tradition. A logistical overhaul is currently taking place, in efforts to restore KRRC to its former glory and maintain Reed's presence on the airwaves.
In November 2011, KRRC ceased broadcasting at 97.9 FM and is currently online-only.
In 2012, Cascade Educational Broadcast System formed a board of directors and entered into a Local Management Agreement with Common Frequency, LLC, who had received the station from Reed College that year, to broadcast on KRRC. The original intention was to found an all-music station that focused on local DJs. On March 11, 2013, the station changed its call sign to KXRY. In 2013, progressive talk was added to the programming lineup with several of the former hosts of KPOJ including Carl Wolfson, Adam Klugman, and Thom Hartmann.
KXRY launched a crowdfunding campaign on the website Kickstarter on December 16, 2013 with the goal of raising $40,000 to fund the launch of the station. The campaign saw unexpected success and reached over $100,000 during its month-long funding period.
On March 15, 2014, KXRY began broadcasting a full 24/7 schedule of programming under the name XRAY.fm. KXRY broadcasts talk programming from 7am to 3pm Monday through Friday, and music during the rest of its 24/7 schedule. The station's music programming is hosted by over 70 Portland disc jockeys, most of whom are live in the studio during their show. KXRY broadcasts from a studio on SE 8th and Main Street in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Demento, a famous radio personality, got his start in radio as a deejay and station manager at KRRC. Other alumni of the station have gone on to careers in radio. Their numbers include one of the first female radio technicians, a DJ at Oregon Public Broadcasting, and a senior producer of NPR's On the Media. Tim Moreau, a Reed student famously murdered by a night club owner, got his start in the Portland music scene through his involvement with KRRC.
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- Query the FCC's FM station database for KXRY
- Radio-Locator information on KXRY
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KXRY
- FCC application
- KRRC online station