CARNATION — Valley 104.9 FM serving the Carnation, Duvall and Redmond Ridge areas is facing the reality of going off the air unless someone steps up and provides a new location for its transmission tower.
The current property the tower is sitting on is being sold and the search is on to find a new location.
“Folks, Valley 104.9 is so fortunate to be located in this community. Our neighbors, friends and supporters have made it possible for us to bring music, news, council meetings, emergency notices and local talk to the Snoqualmie Valley,” said Valley Community Broadcasting Board President Heather Stark. “In order to continue this much-needed service, we must find a new location for our tower. Elevation must be about 500 feet and there has to be a power source and space for our 40-foot container.”
Valley Community Broadcasting is a 501c3 nonprofit that operates solely on community funding. The all-volunteer run radio station has no paid staff but does have expenses of approximately $2,500 per month for operations, including licensing for playing music, equipment and utilities.
“Previous years' budgets have included donations from the city of Carnation, 4Culture grants and public donations. It is unfortunate that as the need for relocating our tower increases expenses for the station, we have coincidentally lost funding from Carnation,” Stark said. “The current health crisis is adding burdens across the state and that burden will undoubtedly hit Valley 104.9 FM as well. The cost of moving the tower and the cost of the location usage are considerations that make the move more complicated.”