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City of license Fort Collins, Colorado
Broadcast area Fort Collins-Greeley
Branding KRFC 88.9 FM
Slogan Come Together
Frequency 88.9 MHz
First air date March 1, 2003
Format Community Radio
ERP 10 watts horizontal
3000 watts vertical
HAAT 66 meters
Class A
Facility ID 82804
Transmitter coordinates 40°34′53″N 104°54′20″W / 40.58139°N 104.90556°W / 40.58139; -104.90556Coordinates: 40°34′53″N 104°54′20″W / 40.58139°N 104.90556°W / 40.58139; -104.90556
Callsign meaning Radio Fort Collins
Owner Public Radio for The Front Range
Webcast Listen Live

KRFC (88.9 FM) is a community-based, radio station located in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. The station is owned and operated by Public Radio for the Front Range. The station's programming is for the most part, with the exception of several syndicated shows, composed of volunteer DJs of various genres, and has a creative format. Although similar in funding strategies to a traditional public radio station, KRFC is not a member of any of the major networks such as NPR or Pacifica.


Public Radio for the Front Range (PRFR) was started by a group of former DJs from KCSU-FM. DJs who were not students were forced to leave after KCSU-FM's underwriter, Colorado State University, decided to make KCSU-FM solely student-run. In September 1995, PRFR was given IRS 501(C)(3) non-profit status.

By the summer of 1996, PRFR had applied for a construction permit for 88.9 MHz, only to be challenged by several Christian broadcasting groups. In 1997, PRFR went into negotiations with Colorado Christian University to share 88.9 MHz. These negotiations failed, and in the spring of 1998, PRFR applied for 89.7 MHz. In 2000, the group applied for a frequency in the low-power jurisdiction; another Christian group applied for the same frequency, leading to delay. [1]

Finally, after successful negotiations, PRFR came into agreement with the other applicants that they would receive 88.9 MHz. The agreement was submitted to the FCC on July 7, 2002, the FCC granted PRFR a construction permit for a 3,000 watt non-commercial radio station. KRFC began broadcasting on March 1, 2003. [2]

Today, KRFC has grown, and in 2004, completed the construction and expansion of its studios. Its facilities include three separate studios, all of which have the ability to broadcast live. Volunteers continue to make up the majority of KRFC's workforce, with the exception of 4 office employees: Kristen Rasmussen, Development Director; Andrea Bradstreet, Volunteer Coordinator; John Hayes, Program Director; and Brian Hughes, Station Manager (Exec. Dir. for the non-profit).


The community radio station has hit hard times. Volunteer D.J.s still program music and public affairs shows, but some jobs have been cut. The current staff is made up of two full-time employees: interim station manager Dennis Bigelow and development director Kristen Rasmussen. Andrea Bradstreet serves as volunteer coordinator part-time. The news director and music director positions have been cut.

The most recent pledge drive in October 2010 earned $32,000 for the station, but it was shy of the goal. Bigelow has recently been directed by the board of directors to determine if a change in format for the radio station is feasible and if it would potentially bolster fund raising efforts. The plan on the table is having KRFC focus more on Colorado-based music and programming. With the move of individuals to the Internet for music, local programming is a niche market that could make KRFC a valuable commodity for the music community, playing music that individuals do not hear elsewhere. [3]


  1. ^ Roberts, Michael (11 October 2001). "Frequency Free-for-All". Denver Westword. Retrieved 2007-03-18. 
  2. ^ "About KRFC" (HTML). KRFC - Community radio for Northern Colorado. Retrieved 2007-03-18. 
  3. ^ KRFC meeting 8.25.10

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