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Roaring Fork Valley tunes in

Heidi Rice

The Roaring Fork Valley will see three new FM radio stations this year – one of which could go on air in New Castle by late summer.Wildcat Communications, LLC, has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission and says it plans to be up and running by late August.”It should broadcast from Battlement Mesa to Glenwood Springs and Carbondale,” said Tim Brown, a managing partner with Wildcat. “The strongest signal will probably be from Glenwood Springs to Rifle.”While the exact programming is still undetermined, Brown said he expects it to be some rock music with news reports. The call number will be 94.5 FM.Wildcat Communications of Denver is currently under negotiations with MTCH Colorado, Inc. (ClearTalk Communications) to lease space on their tower on Extension Cord Ridge in New Castle. The property is owned by Russell Talbott of Talbott Enterprises, which leases the mountain space south of New Castle to various communication providers, including cell phone companies, television stations, and police, fire and emergency services.”We purchased the property in 1994 and it’s been a pretty critical area as the community grows,” Talbott said. “It’s been a valuable site in New Castle, which is shadowed by mountains, because it gives a direct line of sight into New Castle and the Elk Creek drainage area.”Wildcat Communications is a partnership between both Brown, who is the CEO of NRC Broadcasting in Denver and operates KNFO, KSPN and KKCH in the Roaring Fork Valley, and Vic Michael, Jr. of Cheyenne, Wyo., who operates stations in Summit and Grand counties as well as Cheyenne. The pair bid on the New Castle station in an FCC auction.”We wanted to break off and do something together,” Brown said. “There were a lot of stations in the auction, but we were most interested in New Castle. …And we like broadcasting on the Western Slope; it’s a very fun market.”According to Brown, two other new stations will also be coming to the valley this year – 96.7 FM in Carbondale and 100.5 FM out of Basalt.According to Brown, two other new stations will also be coming to the valley this year – 96.7 FM in Carbondale and 100.5 FM out of Basalt.


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