You got to hand it to those Skotdals. They own Everett's sports talker KRKO AM (1380) and after going through a civic combat situation to get a 50,000 watts to their first station, they're now fighting for approval of a new AM signal (at 1520) and the erection of two new radio towers on the rural Snohomish Valley site of the KRKO towers.
Despite the new towers will be identical to the ones already there, NIMBY's have been thrashing the family-owned station in public, county forums and in the courts.
(The site is near an elementary school, and stories that the radio transmissions are death rays which transformed previously well-behaved 2nd graders into flesh-eating vampires upon whose behavior Ritalin had no effect, was apocryphal. As was tale that the electical emanations caused a vice principal to suffer 3rd degree burns after his tie caught fire as he stood at a boys' room urinal).
The Skotdals (S-R Broadcasting) won a big one Friday when a Superior Court judge upheld a February land-use decision by the Snohomish County Council- construction could start right away. Skotdal told The Herald he's hoping to get the signal on the air by the end of this year.
The opposition, however, can still challenge Friday's decision in a state appeals court.
(photo: Andy Skotdal, the resumés stop) here.)
KRKO has found itself in the difficult position of being the third sports talker in the market, and it's worse for the wear. But a new station is good news to anyone in radio around here... there are plenty of local radio resumes floating around and more to be released.
(photo: 1520AM will be a modern facility with maximum killing power)
We don't know if the PPM's musical preferences have changed their minds, but Andy Skotdal told BlatherWatch awhile back the family's intention is to turn the 1520 signal into a local news talker and direct it northerly to serve North King County, Everett, Bellingham, and all the dairy barns in between.