KDVS Wins! Station ID

2 Jan

yolo county board meeting

My alma mater radio station, KDVS 90.3 FM in Davis, has been trying to get a new broadcast tower for 15 years. The “tower project” has gone through multiple general managers, city councils and proposed locations.

In September 2010, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors approved a location in the Yolo County landfill. Fast forward one year, and the tower still hadn’t been built because of FCC bureaucratic acrobatics, the building permit expired, and some Davis residents took the opportunity to try to shut it down.

The opposition claimed the tower would be a hazard to birds (after an environmental impact report claimed no significant threat), especially given the site’s location in the Pacific Flyway (which conveniently covers most of Yolo County), that the three strobing white lights would be an eyesore (no brighter than a car headlight) and cause irregular sleep patterns (really?).

So in a packed boardroom on Dec. 13, around 50 freeform radio nerds faced off against some North Davis neighbors. After nearly two hours of public comment and reassurance from some official guys in suits, the board of supervisors denied the opposition’s appeal, stating that the benefits of the new tower outweighed the minor environmental and aesthetic impacts.

It was such an inspiring thing to watch, my friends and fellow DJs defending our signal and our significance — and the board agreeing with us. So, I watched the video again and clipped out some pieces to make this:

Please note, the voice speaking the FCC-required “KDVS Davis” at the end is the woman who spearheaded the opposition. Take that! Freeform for life.

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2 Responses to “KDVS Wins! Station ID”

  1. Audry January 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Alright! I’m glad the tower project has made it past the opposition. What a bunch of NIMBYs.

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