KOYT, now on 97.1 FM, howling back onto the air

ANZA – When nighttime falls, the residents of the Anza Valley can hear once again the “howls” of the coyote pack as the hosts man community radio station 97.1 KOYT LP-FM, following an antenna move that took the station frequency 96.3 KOYT-FM off the air in May.

“KOYT 97.1 means more fun,” Anza Community Broadcasting Council President Erinne Rosco said just before the station went back on the air 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12.

“Tune your FM dial to 97.1; save it to your favorites. KOYT, your local community radio station ‘needs you’ to become part of the creating, a station that meets our community needs,” Bob Giffin, KOYT council member in a news release, said.

KOYT had to apply for a new antenna location with the Federal Communications Commission after it was unexpectedly asked to move from former board member Robert McCloud’s property that had been sold. Because of the move, KOYT lost its “on air” presence temporarily; however it continued to stream its music and programs on the internet. The station had to file for a new location and was given permission by the FCC to be off the air until a new location was found and the antenna raised and powered again.

KOYT hired an FCC engineer Michelle Bradley to file the application and “Engineer Bill” Wilson who offered his time and equipment and vast experience to help make 97.1 better than ever.

“With these experts and the generosity of Anza Electric Cooperative, we were able to obtain a permanent antenna location that gives us a signal that offers much better coverage with a stronger signal,” Giffin said.

“After several long months, Nov. 12, at about 8:30 p.m. ‘Engineer Bill’ gave us the ‘green light’ and flipped our switch. Check us out and let us know what you think at (951) 763-569,” Giffin said. “KOYT couldn’t have done it without these individuals and AEC. They are all permanent members so of the Koyote pack. They all put the Howl back in the Koyote Pack.

“Only you can help make the station all that it can be,” Giffin said. “You and the community need to get involved whether it is volunteering to create programs, underwriting, joining a s a member, serving on the council of directors, donating to Kar for Koyotes, answering the phones, providing computer skills, recording public service announcements, radio engineering, radio production, website management, membership. We are all volunteer pack.”

“Come Howl on the Hill with us,” the release said. “KOYT 97.1 FM Anza Needs You.”

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