KSQM scores $50,000 grant for new tower

Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM –– Sequim’s public radio station KSQM-91.5 FM has been granted $50,000 by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Wash., to further its efforts to increase its reach with a new 155-foot-tall tower.

KSQM Executive Director Bob Schilling said the trust informed him of the award March 15.

In addition to the $50,000, the trust has committed to match as much as $30,000 of locally raised funds for the $300,000 project.

Schilling hoped to have those funds raised by the station’s annual “Bob-b-q” party July 5.

KSQM is looking to build a new tower to boost its signal from 700 watts to 2,400 watts.

That would mean the station’s signal would reach Island and San Juan counties and into the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

Ground was broken in December on the tower site on state Department of Natural Resources property off Blue Mountain Road between Sequim and Port Angeles.

Schilling said he hopes the tower will, in addition to boosting the station’s signal, provide greater transmission capabilities for emergency communication for area law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service agencies.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has given away more than $650 million since it was created in 1975 by the will of high-tech titan Melvin J. “Jack” Murdock, co-founder of Oregon firm Tektronix Inc.

Last modified: April 15. 2013 5:57PM
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