KCHU

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KCHU
KCHU-AM.jpg
CityValdez, Alaska
Broadcast areaValdez-Cordova Census Area
BrandingKCHU
Frequency770 kHz
Repeater(s)88.1 MHz, 88.3 MHz
(also on HD Radio)
First air dateAugust 2, 1986
FormatPublic Radio
Power9,700 watts
ClassA
Facility ID65232
OwnerTerminal Radio, Inc.
Sister stationsKXKM, KXGA
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteKCHU website

KCHU (770 AM) is a non-commercial radio station in Valdez, Alaska, United States. Through its main transmitter, two full-service FM stations, and two translators, the station covers an area the size of the state of Ohio, but with a population just over 10,000.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

KCHU airs a range of public radio programming from the National Public Radio and Public Radio International networks, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The World, Democracy Now, Fresh Air, American Routes, Beale Street, and World Cafe. It also broadcasts local and state news and public affairs programs, as well as music programs hosted by community volunteers.[1] The station is an affiliate of the Floydian Slip syndicated Pink Floyd show.

KCHU is repeated on KXKM 89.7 FM in McCarthy and KXGA 90.5 FM in Glennallen. It is also relayed by four low power translators to widen its broadcasting area.[1][2]

Original KCHU, 1975-77[edit]

KCHU's call letters were originally assigned to a community radio station licensed to Dallas, Texas in the mid-late 1970s. The station was started by Dennis Gross and Lorenzo Milam, who had previously worked together at a pioneer community station, KDNA, in St. Louis. KCHU signed on at 90.9 FM on September 1, 1975, broadcasting an eclectic mix of music and public affairs programs. Beleaguered by debt and political infighting, the station signed off exactly two years later.[3][4]

Stations[edit]

In addition to its main frequency, KCHU broadcasts on the following repeater and translator stations:

Full power repeater stations[edit]

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Class FCC info
KXGA 90.5 FM Glennallen, Alaska 3,200 C3 FCC
KXKM 89.7 FM McCarthy, Alaska 180 A FCC

Low power translator stations[edit]

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Class FCC info
K201BI 88.1 Cordova, Alaska 23 D FCC
K201CH 88.1 Chenega Bay, Alaska 21 D FCC
K201CL 88.1 Tatitlek, Alaska 23 D FCC
K202BT 88.3 Whittier, Alaska 50 D FCC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Station Profile". KCHU website. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  2. ^ a b "Radio Analysis for Alaska". Public Telecommunications Funding Program. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  3. ^ Lorenzo, Milam (1986). The Radio Papers: From KRAB to KCHU (pdf). San Diego, California: MHO & MHO Works. pp. 105–116. ISBN 9780917320187. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Walker, Jesse (2001). Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America. New York, NY: New York University Press. pp. 109, 133. ISBN 0-8147-9381-9. Retrieved February 15, 2019.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 61°06′40″N 146°15′39″W / 61.11111°N 146.26083°W / 61.11111; -146.26083