Business Spotlight: KBFG 107.3 FM
KBFG-LP 107.3 fm is a nonprofit low-powered (LPFM) radio station, with an antenna the size of a large beach umbrella on the roof of the Norse Home paid for with grant funding from 4Culture. KBFG is volunteer run, and since early November has been testing their signal with daily broadcasts. Pamela Burton, a Phinney Ridge resident and co-owner of Puget Sound Solar, has a Master’s degree in radio station management. She and a dozen community members have been working for 4 years to get KBFG on the air.
LPFM stations are licensed like other nonprofit stations but broadcast within a smaller range (3.5 miles). KBFG managed to mount their antennae at the highest point on Phinney Ridge – the top of the Norse Home. In spite of the power restrictions, the high broadcasting point allows KBFG 107.3 to reach a quarter-million potential listeners in Ballard, Fremont, Greenwood, Phinney, Wallingford, Magnolia and Queen Anne.
If you tune in right now, you’ll likely hear podcasts submitted by local volunteers and live concert recordings from local musicians, including Seattle Folklore Society concerts. KBFG’s program committee is excited to add more programs and encourages folks to submit ideas. Their goal is to broadcast interviews with community members, including elders at the Norse Home, as well as contributions from Ballard High students. You will hear features from local events and live music concerts. Plans are also underway to make KBFG part of our emergency preparation network. Pamela says, “doing radio, talking to the public, it’s so rewarding!”