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KOWS 107.3FM is mooving to a new barn in downtown Sebastopol! 

By Arnold Levine

The KOWS Herd is delighted to stampede into downtown Sebastopol on December 1st , from the green fields of Occidental. With our unique West County vibe, we want to be closer to, and munch on, all the wonderful political, cultural, social, and arts worlds centered in this creatively vibrant community.

For over eight years KOWS, West County’s own community radio station, has been broadcasting from Occidental, and online to the world at our website www.kows.fm, or on tuneinradio or radiobox apps for smartphones. 

Our new studios will be at 500 N. Main Street, Room 1, in Sebastopol, where the Sebastopol Methodist Church has kindly rented space to us.

KOWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our eighty all-volunteer show hosts aged from nine to ninety, are from Sebastopol, Occidental, Santa Rosa, Forestville, Graton, Rohnert Park, Guerneville, and the many hills and valleys in between. They are dedicated to producing high-quality programming with a wide range of recorded, and live in-studio music, plus guests and discussions on local, national, and international public affairs. Literally thousands of people from our community have already appeared on both sides of the microphone on KOWS radio. You too can become a show host, and learn many real-world skills.

Some history: Low-powered community radio stations, were approved by the FCC in 2003. KOWS was one of the first to go on the air with the support of, and with its transmitter and antenna at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. Live shows began in 2007 from our first studio, one room above Howards Café, in downtown Occidental.

Our current 3watt radio signal from an antenna in a Douglas fir tree in Occidental, is not, shall we say, the optimal conditions for good reception. Once, we mysteriously went off the air. A tree arborist sent up the trunk discovered the bark had grown around the cable and snapped it! To remedy this poor signal, we have been working on relocating our antenna to provide a stronger radio signal to the greater Sebastopol area.

Our radio engineer has shown us the best antenna location is at the water tank reservoirs on Pleasant Hill Road, a small City of Sebastopol island surrounded by county land. From this location we will be able to increase our power up to 50watts. To this end, we have started the three-step lease application process with the City of Sebastopol. 

As KOWS is the FCC designated Emergency Alert System (EAS) station for West County, the increased signal from a better location will bring vital emergency information to the majority of our designated listening area.

KOWS is operated mainly by donations from individuals and local business underwriters. We were recently given a $5,000 matching grant by the Fessenden Group, so every dollar you donate is now worth double, and is fully tax deductible!

Visit our website at www.kows.fm, please donate and check out your community radio!

Mooo! Arnold Levine for KOWS Community Radio