If you are attending the 16th Annual NONCOMMvention in Philadelphia next week, say congratulations to Mike Henry and folks from 105.5 The Colorado Sound. Their “baby station” is the fastest growing noncommercial radio station in the nation!
According to Nielsen Audio’s April PPM estimates for the Denver/Boulder market, KJAC aka 105.5 The Colorado Sound increased its number of weekly cumulative listeners 59% from March to April. Since KJAC spun off from KUNC on February 29, 2016, it has established a significant audience at a quick pace.
No doubt Neil Best, GM of KUNC and 105.5 The Colorado Sound is smiling today. Not only is 105.5 The Colorado Sound doing well, NPR News station KUNC is maintaining its audience following the split. Keep in mind that the April PPM numbers are just part of the picture. KUNC and 105.5 The Colorado Sound have lots of listeners outside of the Denver market. When the Spring 2016 Nielsen Audio Diary markets are published this summer, we will know how many estimated listeners they have in the Fort Collins/Greeley market.
Here are the April PPM results for the Denver/Boulder market:
FOR SALE: FM TRANSLATOR IN FORT COLLINS
Yet another FM translator is for sale in Fort Collins. K248CH 97.5 can be yours for $140,000 according to a broker newsletter. It is currently owned by a noncom religious broadcaster but can be used by a commercial entity. As the ad says: A Perfect Solution for Your AM or HD Problem!
The current owner is Grace FM, a small network of stations from Colorado Springs. Apparently Grace FM has fallen on tough times. Its format is on the far right wing of Evangelical Christian dogma. Much of the programming on Grace FM is hosted by apocalyptic preachers. The programming is so awful I found myself hoping for an early appearance of the rapture!
Fort Collins is one of the nation’s most crowded noncommercial radio dials. I count 17 noncoms that put a city-grade signal into the city of around 100,000 people. See for yourself on this noncom dial guide:
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