May 5, 2014
By the end of the year, organizers of a new nonprofit, low-power FM radio station hope to be broadcasting Christian music and "family-friendly" local programming to Carroll listeners at 102.1 KFIM.
The nonprofit, christened the Carroll Impact Educational Association, is directed by Ron Cheney, Todd Tidgren, Marchelle Kots, Jeff Grote and John McLaughlin. Wes Treadway will be station manager.
Carroll Broadcasting Co. is donating part of its KKRL tower space, and Adam Schweers is donating a room for a studio in his new Computer Concepts building located at the corner of Court and Main streets.
But before the station can start broadcasting, it must raise about $30,000 in start-up funds to purchase and install the necessary equipment, said Treadway. He estimates it will cost between $10,000 and $12,000 per year to run, plus roughly $500 per month to carry the Salem Music Network's "Today's Christian Music" programming.