KBHH

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KBHH
KBHH-FM 95.3 radio logo.jpg
City Kerman, California
Broadcast area Fresno Area
Branding La Campesina 95.3 FM
Frequency 95.3 MHz
First air date 2001
Format Regional Mexican
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 100 meters (328 feet)
Class A
Facility ID 82085
Transmitter coordinates 36°21′21″N 120°27′41″W / 36.35583°N 120.46139°W / 36.35583; -120.46139Coordinates: 36°21′21″N 120°27′41″W / 36.35583°N 120.46139°W / 36.35583; -120.46139
Owner Farmworker Educational Radio Network, Inc.
Sister stations KCEC-FM, KMYX-FM, KNAI, KNAI-FM, KRCW, KSEA, KUFW, KYLI
Website Campesina.com

KBHH (95.3 MHz, La Campesina 95.3 FM) is an FM radio station licensed to Kerman, California, originally going on the air in 2001. The station's broadcast license is held by the Farmworker Educational Radio Network, Inc. It airs a Spanish language radio format of Regional Mexican music and news as a non-commercial outlet.

Programming[edit]

KBHH is branded as "La Campesina 95.3 FM" as part of the Radio Campesina Network. ("Campesina" is a Spanish word meaning "peasant" or "farmworker".) Anthony Chavez, president of Farmworker Educational Radio Network, Inc., is the youngest son of American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist César Chávez.[1] KBHH is one of about a dozen Radio Campesina stations in California, Arizona, Nevada and Washington serving farmworkers.

History[edit]

Launch[edit]

In May 1996, Farmworker Educational Radio Network, Inc., was among the applicants to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a construction permit for a new radio station in Kernan. After a settlement among the applicants was reached in January 1998, the FCC granted this permit on April 16, 1998, with a scheduled expiration date of April 16, 2001.[2] The new station was assigned call sign "KBHH" on July 17, 1998.[3] After construction and testing were completed in April 2001, the station was granted its broadcast license on June 18, 2001.[4]

New management and launch 2014[edit]

Michael Nowakowski, the vice-president of the Communications Fund of the Cesar Chavez Foundation led the coalition to re launch KBHH in the Central Valley. Alongside Bill Barquin, chief operation officer, both helped relaunch the new Radio Campesina 95.3 FM in October 2014.

Falling silent[edit]

On November 14, 2008, the station's signal went dark in response to the late-2000s recession. On December 4, 2008, the station applied to the FCC for special temporary authority to remain silent, asserting that it was "unable to operate profitably in the current economic climate".[5] The station reported that it resumed broadcasting on November 12, 2009. This is just one day short of the one year of continuous silence that would have left the station's broadcast license subject to automatic forfeiture and cancellation.[6]

Four days later, on November 16, 2009, KBHH again fell silent. Citing the same conditions in their December 7, 2009, request to remain silent, the station was granted authorization to remain silent on March 10, 2010, with a scheduled expiration date of September 7, 2010.[7] The station reported to the FCC it resumed operations "at licensed parameters" on November 10, 2010, again just two days before the one-year maximum. Two days later, on November 12, 2010, the station once again went off the air. Again citing the inability to operate profitably in their December 2, 2010, FCC filing, the station was granted authority to remain silent on September 29, 2011, with a firm expiration date of November 12, 2011.[8] The station reported that it returned to the air on November 11, 2011, just one day shy of losing its license.

Changes ahead[edit]

In March 2011, with the station still off the air, KBHH management applied to the FCC to relocate its broadcast transmitter southwest to the top of a nearby hill. This move would improve signal coverage in the Fresno area without increasing power output. To accommodate the move, KBHH also asked the FCC to relocate under-construction KAAX in Avenal, California from its originally permitted 95.1 MHz to 106.9 MHz to prevent interference due to short-spacing of the two tower sites. The FCC approved the plan and issued a new construction permit to make these changes on October 17, 2011, with a scheduled expiration of October 17, 2014.[9]

Return to Fresno under new management[edit]

On Wednesday, October 1, Radio Campesina KBHH officially returned on air in Fresno, from its relocated transmitter site. The station launched its programming with 4 days of continuous music. Radio Campesina is managed by General Manager Maria Ojeda. Previous General Manager, Jose Diaz, was relocated to Salinas, CA. Victor Gamiz, previous director of Community Outreach for the Network Headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, was relocated to lead the marketing and community relations department. KBHH operates with a volunteer/internship program, designed at the network in collaboration with AmeriCorps VISTA and the Corporation for National Community Service.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historia" (in Spanish). La Campesina 92.5. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Application Search Details (BPH-19960520MT)". FCC Media Bureau. April 16, 1998. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. July 17, 1998. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BLH-20010413AAO)". FCC Media Bureau. June 18, 2001. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (BLSTA-20081210ADZ)". FCC Media Bureau. November 16, 2009. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Silent AM and FM Broadcast Station Lists". The FCC Encyclopedia. Federal Communications Commission. Archived from the original on January 8, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Application Search Details (BLSTA-20091231ACC)". FCC Media Bureau. March 10, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Application Search Details (BLSTA-20110106AAD)". FCC Media Bureau. September 29, 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Application Search Details (BPH-20110302ACB)". FCC Media Bureau. October 17, 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 

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