Sunday, September 01, 2013

Galveston Community Radio wants to bring back 101.5 KSTB and local radio

After Hurricane Ike destroyed 101.5 KSTB, Galveston Community Radio wants it and more local radio back

The Houston/Galveston media market is always tied together with the former dominating the latter, but the island's local radio footprint got even smaller when it lost Crystal Beach's 101.5 KSTB. The station was literally washed away thanks to Hurricane Ike.

Now Galveston Community Radio (GalvCom) is working hard to return 101.5 KSTB and other forms of local Galveston radio to the island and surrounding areas.

In fact it just launched KGIB, an eclectic programmed Internet Radio station, over the weekend to raise awareness for three programs focusing on returning local radio to Galveston, Bolivar Peninsula and nearby communities:
- A proposed low-power FM (LPFM) station in coordination with the Galveston Independent School District
- An AM local government station in partnership with the City of Galveston
- Reconstruction of KTSB-FM

The 501c3 non-profit says it just reached an agreement with KSTB's license holder, Cumulus Media, to purchase the station.

“We are reaching out to the communities that have been and are underserved when disaster strikes," said GalvCom chairman Jerry Stern in a statement. "Commercial radio is targeted toward Houston and inland. We ARE local, and even now, are finding ways to be live and local to serve our community."

Now the group has to raise six figures to actually rebuild KSTB and get it all going. More on that here:

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