Speak Up for Full-Power MTPR in the Flathead

Jul 7, 2014

There is a public comment period underway on an issue that may affect MTPR's ability to broadcast at full-power from 90.1FM at the top of Big Mountain. See below for full details. Thank you for helping.

Submitting your comment on behalf of MTPR is crucial. The deadline  is July 15, 2014.

We've made a customizable letter for your convenience.

Click here for the letter as an MS Word Doc.

Click here for the letter as a PDF file.

The comment period ends July 15, 2014.

Email your letter as an attachment to:

Mail or hand deliver your letter to:
Bryan Donner
Tally Lake Ranger District
650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, MT 59901

Call in your comments by phone:
Bryan Donner (406) 758-3508
Lisa Timchak   (406) 758-5204

Fax your letter:
(406) 758-5367

Here is more information:

Montana Public Radio has provided service to the north Flathead region since the 1980s.  Now we’re asking for your help in sustaining our presence in the area.

The Tally Lake Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has jurisdiction over the Big Mountain Communications Site from which we broadcast on 90.1 FM. For the past year we have been broadcasting at significantly reduced power while USFS District Administrators worked to resolve an administrative issue regarding our station.

As part of their process, the Forest Service published a Public Notice in the Daily Inter Lake on June 30, 2014, seeking public comment on the Big Mountain Communications Site Plan Amendment Project. The amendment would “…allow radio station KUKL (90.1 FM, Montana Public Radio) to broadcast at its current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized power…”

This means that, should the amendment be passed, we would be able to restore our power back to the fully authorized level. We believe this will substantially improve reception to listeners in the north Flathead area.

Should the amendment fail, KUKL will be required to operate at less than one-third our licensed power, and our service in the north Flathead may be jeopardized over time.

Thank you for your attention to this very important issue. Thanks for for speaking up on behalf of MTPR.

For more information:
MTPR Station Manager William Marcus, 406-243-4154