- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

LA PINE, Ore. (AP) - A new voice is set to emerge from southern Deschutes County.

KNCP FM 107.3, a low-power and all-volunteer community radio station based out of La Pine, is scheduled to hit the airwaves Feb. 14.

The nonprofit station, whose call numbers stand for Newberry Country Pride, will be run out of the La Pine Chamber of Commerce and expects to have at least seven locally produced shows, says Bill Scally, the station engineer and overall driving force behind the project. Scally, 68, also operates KITC FM 106.5 out of Gilchrist, a similar low-powered station in the small northern Klamath County town 17 miles south of La Pine.

“This will give a voice to the community,” says Scally, a lifelong radio and technology junkie who worked for McDonald’s corporate offices before he and his wife bought an RV park in Crescent in 1991. They sold the RV park after 11 years but remained in Central Oregon. “Community radio is all about the community.”

Scally expects the new La Pine station to offer a little bit of everything once it is on air. Already he has shows devoted to Central Oregon’s local music scene, old-time radio, La Pine-area events and even a program dedicated to paranormal activities, to name just a few.

“We take it as it comes,” Scally says about local programs. “If someone has the energy and passion for a program, we’ll help them make it work.”

Long talked about, KNCP started to become a reality in November 2013 during the Federal Communications Commission’s last window to apply for radio stations. Scally was granted a license in February of last year with an 18-month deadline to get the new La Pine station up and running.

Unlike some startup stations, KNCP already had a ready-made studio, as multiple programs that run on KITC in Gilchrist - the call numbers stand for In the Community - are produced in La Pine.

Local shows such as the Central Oregon music program “The Dirt Road Tom Hodgepodge Hour” and “The Classical Crossover Show with Becky Kiesel” should be able to hit the ground running as they are already familiar to listeners in La Pine.

New shows are also expected - a program dedicated to heavy metal music is on the way, Scally says - including home and away coverage of La Pine High School’s athletic teams.

Low-powered stations like KITC don’t have much range, especially when the listener is on anything other than a car radio, which is more powerful than stand-alone radios, Scally explains. Most homes in La Pine aren’t able to dial in KITC.

Between a modest Kickstarter campaign, a charter member pledge drive and a little help from the city, KNCP raised approximately $8,000 in 45 days this past winter. Scally put the finishing touches on the station last week when he scaled La Pine’s Finley Butte and planted KNCP’s antennae.

“We’re 99.9 percent ready,” he said last Thursday from his La Pine studio. “Everything but the programming is done.”

In addition to the already established local shows currently running on KITC in Gilchrist, KNCP will also fill air time with syndicated programs from around the country. “Calling all Cowboys,” a weekly two-hour “music, poetry and old-time radio (show) with decidedly Western bent” program out of Bend’s KPOV FM 88.9 station is expected to air on KNCP, as are several nationally syndicated shows. The station will be on the air 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“It’s just a neat community project,” says Patrice Mousseau, who organized the new station’s Kickstarter effort. Mousseau got her start in radio at KITC under Scally and now co-hosts the syndicated show “Paranormal Horizons,” which examines everything from haunted houses to UFO sightings, out of Portland. “A community radio station, it offers educational opportunities for people like myself who always wanted to be on the radio.”

KNCP, which listeners will also be able to live stream from the Internet, promises to be an eclectic mix of interests, a proud staple of many community radio stations.

“If anyone wants to be on the radio and be a DJ, I’ll teach them,” says Scally, who co-hosts his own program, “The Bill and Gil Show,” a Gilchrist-centric talk show. “I don’t care what kind of show they want to do, as long as they follow FCC regulations.”

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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