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New KLYC owners hit snags, but remain resolute


Broadcasting — Returning Yamhill County station to full capacity is proving a more time- consuming, costly process than anticipated

Getting Yamhill County’s local AM radio station, KLYC 1260, back on its feet has proven more costly and time-consuming than new owners Dave and Norma Adams had anticipated, but they remain committed to the task at hand.

This was the message Dave Adams provided the Board of Commissioners during a brief update last week in a hearing room of the Yamhill County Courthouse. In a follow-up interview, Adams said some of the needed repairs were expected, while others have been unforeseen.

“What we’ve been dealing with is we’ll get everything ready to go and get ready to do something, and we’ll have something fail,” he said. “There are just some issues we’ve been uncovering. None of them are irreparable, but it’s taking longer than we expected.”

The most expensive fix so far is for what he called the station’s “phaser cabinet.” It essentially mitigates the station’s broadcasts from interfering with other stations’ at night, when radio waves travel farther. Until it is repaired, KLYC is being forced to broadcast only at 25 percent strength in the evenings.

Adams said initial estimates on the repairs for that piece of equipment were as high as $100,000 (which is twice as much as the Adamses paid for the station), but they now think they will be able to fix it for around $40,000.

Despite the challenges, Adams stressed that he and his wife knew they were buying a “fixer-upper.”

“We’re not dissuaded,” he said. “We own this station; we can’t give it back, and we don’t want to.”

To fully repair or replace everything that’s needed will take until the end of the year, he said. But listeners should expect gradual improvements in the coming weeks and months, including the return of KLYC’s once-popular live morning show.

“The station is on now, and we’re adding more programs as the technology allows,” he said. “We’re just trying to make sure, as we put things online, that they stay online.”

He said the support from listeners, community partners, civic leaders and potential advertisers has made all the difference.

“Everyone has been extremely supportive,” he said. “At first, we weren’t interested in this station, but we changed our minds after we came out and talked to the community. This level of community support, for an AM station, is extremely unusual.”

Commissioners Kathy George and Allen Springer (Mary Stern was absent on county business) expressed their support for the Adamses’ efforts.

“We missed our radio station,” George said. “We’re very excited you’re here.”

KLYC signed off, apparently for good, March 22 after more than 60 years on the air, following a failed sale to a California broadcast media executive. The station’s former owner, Stella Bohnsack, said at the time that the shut-down was due to economic factors.

The station was revived earlier this month at a “Turn It Back On” party the Adamses hosted at the Granary District.