Missoula’s non-profit community radio station, KFGM, at 105.5 FM, leaves the historic Labor Temple, aka the Union Club building in downtown East Main, to settle in the New and spacious Missoula public library.
If you are not familiar, KFGM was launched in 2017 as Low-frequency, non-profit community access radio station serving as a platform for community members to use their airwaves for good. Their website explains:
Missoula Community Radio creates media for all community members
enrich and engage their community directly and freely
by producing educational, socially just, culturally sensitive and entertaining radio programs.
So it’s like MCAT for radio instead of TV. Their programming ranges from conversations about community activism to blocks of music chosen by community DJs. KFGM has been housed in the Union Club building since its inception, I visited it once, it is a small room with an on-air console, cart platform, and CD players. But that is about to change as the Missoula Community Radio Board of Directors voted unanimously to partner with MCAT on a move to the beautiful new Missoula Public Library.
According to a Facebook post in November, KFGM will have office and studio space at the library, which will allow them to bring better equipment and utilize MCAT staff as well as library resources. DJs and presenters will also have more space and resources to create content and deepen their knowledge of broadcasting.
The move is also very exciting as the library uses green energy which will help KFGM reduce their carbon footprint which is very important to them. I feel like it will also raise awareness that the radio station exists, through exposure to everyone who visits the library. KFGM does incredible work for very worthwhile and important causes, not only locally, but globally. Check out their station at 105.5 FM (not to be confused with Alternative Missoula, Alt 101.5) and keep an eye out for them at the Missoula Public Library!
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