FCC mandated spectrum sale forces All Classical Portland to relocate back-up antenna to a NEW tower!
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandated the first-ever “incentive auction” designed to repurpose TV broadcast spectrum for new uses. This resulted in the need to repurpose 84 megahertz of spectrum, requiring some TV stations to “repack” to new channel assignments. While this spectrum sale will benefit some TV stations, radio stations across the country are being adversely affected without benefit and at great cost. All Classical Portland is unfortunately located on one of two towers being repacked in Oregon (Sylvan Tower) and is therefore incurring approximately $200K in unbudgeted expenses in order to stay on the air during the tower work. To ensure the safety of the climbing crews on the tower doing the repack construction, broadcasters on Sylvan Tower may need to shut down for an estimated 10 hours each day for months!
However, All Classical Portland is committed to staying on the air during the “repack” work. We will continue to provide classical music for the community on our radio service despite this extraordinary challenge. All Classical Portland has successfully identified another tower (Skyline Tower) for its KQAC back-up antenna. We have started the process of migration from Sylvan Tower to Skyline Tower. If you have experienced minor outages or occasional service glitches over the past few weeks, this is related to technical work being done to ensure that All Classical Portland’s service is available in the months ahead.
All Classical Portland serves an average of 225,000 listeners every week, and hundreds of local arts organizations rely on All Classical Portland to broadcast information about their performances. We produce and syndicate programming across Oregon, providing arts related content to over 100 rural communities for free. All Classical Portland also shares its locally produced content with many stations broadcasting in hundreds of rural communities across the United States. Because this platform provides so many artists and arts organizations promotional access to audiences around the region and beyond, the loss of KQAC would be devastating to Oregon and Southwest Washington’s cultural economy. Despite significant challenges, we remain committed to keeping this service alive. All Classical Portland has been following the Ray Baum Act (H.R. 4986), which authorizes funding for broadcasters impacted by the Commission’s broadcaster repacking process. In thanks to the Ray Baum Act, passed in March by the House of Representatives, All Classical Portland could be receiving approximately $83k to help offset costs. You can also help! DONATE NOW to help keep All Classical Portland on a tower and the music on the air.
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