News article published Dec. 16, 2019
Kelly A. Miller
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
95.1-FM in Scottsbluff/Gering Moving to Full-Power FM Station
OMAHA, NE (December 16, 2019) –Spirit Catholic Radio and Valley Catholic Radio (VCR) of Scottsbluff/Gering are excited to announce VCR’s programming will be moving to a full-power FM radio station in the Scottsbluff area in February 2020. VCR currently broadcasts as a low-power FM station (LPFM) on 95.1-FM KCTH-LP and carries programming provided by the Spirit Catholic Radio Network. The full-power FM station VCR programming will be moving to is 99.3-FM KETT.
The 99.3-FM KETT signal will reach an approximately 75-mile diameter, where the previous LPFM signal reached approximately a 12-mile area.
“When we were able to bring Catholic radio to the Scottsbluff/Gering area through the creation of the LPFM 95.1-FM, KCTH-LP, our vision was always to eventually see a full-power, Catholic radio station broadcasting in the area,” said Lee Trautman, president of Valley Catholic Radio. “When the opportunity for us to work with Spirit Catholic Radio to acquire the 99.3-FM KETT signal arose, VCR knew this was something that had to be done to fulfill our vision. It’s an exciting opportunity to be able to reach so many more people in Western Nebraska.”
To make the full-power FM signal a reality, VCR will transfer their assets to Spirit Catholic Radio to assist in the purchase, as VCR will cease operating once the full-power signal begins broadcasting. Although an anonymous donor family from the Scottsbluff area has provided a $15,000 matching gift to put toward the purchase of the 99.3-FM KETT signal, $15,000 in matching pledges are still needed between now and January in order for the station to begin broadcasting in February.
Those interested in learning more about how to help with this project should contact Jim Carroll, executive director of Spirit Catholic Radio at 855-571-0200 or [email protected].
“Spirit Catholic Radio is thrilled for the opportunity to reach even more people in Western Nebraska,” said Carroll. “We have already seen great support from the good people in the Scottsbluff/Gering area and a great response from them regarding the programming we currently provide through 95.1-FM KCTH-LP.”
Spirit Catholic Radio Network is a non-profit, listener-funded radio apostolate with studios in Omaha and Lincoln; an office in Greeley, Neb.; and a studio located in the Chancery Office of the Grand Island Diocese. The network currently has 6 full-power FM signals and provides programming for 8 LPFM stations across the state, reaching 94 percent of the state of Nebraska. The network’s mission is to help all people encounter Jesus by sharing the Gospel message over the radio airwaves.