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Unconventional Coverage || Bumbershoot! || Pledge Drive! || New Phone Number!
General Manager Movin' On || Programming Changes || Canadian Signal Interference

UnConventional Coverage 2000 broadcasts directly from Los Angeles, bringing listeners discussion and analysis from both inside and outside the convention halls.

At the Democratic Convention, issues such as the environment, immigration, and housing will be among the topics covered from an independent non-partisan perspective.

UnConventional Coverage 2000 is hosted by nationally syndicated columnist Norman Solomon and veteran radio journalist Elizabeth Robinson.

    Broadcast: Tuesday through Friday evenings at 6:30 after Pacifica News August 15-18.

Bumbershoot!

KBCS is gearing up for BUMBERSHOOT 2000--September 1-4 at the Seattle Center. Weâll be hosting the PCC Northwest Court Stage all weekend and welcoming Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Compay Segundo (on Sunday) and Amy Denio, Wayne Horvitz, Bill Frisell and Robin Holcomb (on Monday) over at the Opera House. Please stop by our booth at the Northwest Court Stage and meet some of your favorite KBCS programmers. Check the Bumbershoot website so you can plan your Bumbershoot weekend. See you there!

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Pledge Drive!

A giant thanks to everyone who helped KBCS meet and exceed our spring on-air Pledge Drive goal of $40,000 during the beginning of May. We ended up with more than $43,000 pledged!

If you missed your chance to become a supporting member of KBCS during the on-air pledge drive, don't despair! Our pledge line is open year-round at 425-564-2424 and we'd love to have you join the family. You can also join on-line by clicking here and going straight to our membership page. Become a new member or re-new your membership online and receive a special surprise gift from KBCS!!

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New Phone Number!

The prefix to our phone number has changed: 

  • KBCS office: 425-564-2427
  • Request Line: 425-564-2424.

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General Manager Movin' On

Sad news for us, glad news for Harriet Baskas, our long-time General Manager, who's moving on


Some exciting changes!

At KBCS we've been preparing for weeks and are excited to announce our newly revamped spring schedule. While continuing to bring you the finest folk and jazz music, we now have more of an international flavor than ever before. With our new focus on "Worldwide Jazz and Folk," youâll hear more international music and more world news AND with our brand new webcast, we now have KBCS listeners all around the globe! See the Program Director's report for the rest of the story...  

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Not that there's anything wrong with commercial country music...

Recently, a new commercial station signed on the air in Victoria, B.C. at 91.3 FM--the very same frequency that KBCS uses here in the United States. Sadly, we're finding that the Canadian signal is blocking out reception of KBCS for some folks in places like Pt. Townsend, Sequim, Granite Falls and even (sigh) some spots in Seattle. The Canadian station is legal, so we can't do anything about their broadcast signal, but if you've lost KBCS on your radio, here are some things you can do to try to get us back:

1) Call your local cable company--whether you're a current subscriber or not--and encourage them to add KBCS to their cable radio line-up. Explain how this is a great opportunity for them to do a real community service. Put it in writing, if you have time, and send KBCS a copy of the letter.

2) Try tuning in to KBCS on the web! Just click the Listen to KBCS live! button on the home page.

3) Write to the manager of the Canadian station to let them know how you feel:

    Dan McCallister, General Manager
    The New X 91 Three dot fm
    Top Floor, 2750 Quadra Street
    Victoria, BC Canada V8T 4E8

     

Or go to the station's website, navigate to their staff listing and send the general manager an e-mail message.

4) Try moving your antenna to a new spot--pointing away from Canada and towards Bellevue. You might also try adding a directional antenna to your system. Our engineer has some suggestions on how to do that using low cost (Radio Shack-type) equipment:

Omni-directional antennas receive in all directions equally. Since you are trying to improve reception in one direction while ignoring signals to the side or back, you need a directional antenna, such as the Radio Shack 42-2385 ($2.99), which is a simple di-pole antenna. The directional pattern for this type of antenna is a figure-8÷meaning that it receives as well from the front broadside as well as the back.

If you face one side of the di-pole towards Bellevue and the other side faces Victoria, there will be no relief. But if one tip of the antenna points to Victoria and the broadside faces Bellevue (with the other tip pointing south, away from Canada) you might get some relief.

This would also apply to those of you who use rabbit ears for reception.

Radio Shack also has an amplified table-type antenna, model 15-1833 ($29.99) that is basically a di-pole with a figure-8 pattern. But since it is a di-pole and lacks the front-to-back rejection, it has the added benefit of amplification and a small profile.

Radio Shack 15-2163 ($19.99) is a directional antenna with good rejection from the back as well as the sides on the antenna. This antenna is large and meant to be mounted outdoors on a mast. One end has elements (the rods that fold out) that are longer than the elements at the other end. The long elements are the back, the short elements are the front and should be pointed towards Bellevue. With this type of antenna you need a feed cable between the antenna and the radio. Use co-axial cable (co-ax) since it is insulated and will reject any signals leaking into the cable. Make sure you use a Balun matching transformer to convert the co-ax connector to leads to connect to the antenna.

Items you'll need from Radio Shack to set up a directional antenna system

    15-2163 $19.99 directional antenna 

    15-1143 $3.99 Balun transformer for outdoor mounting 

    $9.99 co-ax cable 50 feet. 

or

    15-1527 $15.99 100 feet 

    15-1140 $2.99 indoor Balun for stereo end of co-ax. 

Some stereos accept 75 ohm inputs so this item may not be needed for some installations.

    15-862 $7.99 5-foot mast to mount antenna on. 

Mast mounting hardware is available at Radio Shack from $6.99 to $19.99. Sometimes you can attach the mast to a fence or pole.

I have even seen outdoor antenna mounted in large attics. As long as there is no foil-back insulation in the path of the antenna some attics do work. However, nothing is better than the antenna mounted out in free air on the roof.

Another thing to consider is an outdoor television antenna pointed towards Seattle. This may help since a typical outdoor antenna is directional. If it has the big elements in back and small ones in the front it is a directional antenna. Bellevue is in the same path as Seattle so little or no alignment may be needed for better reception.
 

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