Washington State burg to get first locally produced pubradio station

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A think tank in tiny Hoquiam, Wash., about 70 miles west of Olympia, has received a license from the FCC to create a pubradio station at 91.5 FM. The Grays Harbor Institute provides lectures, seminars and workshops on various issues including poverty, racism, education and the environment; past speakers have included activist Angela Davis and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D). Now it is the licensee for KGHI, according to the Daily World in Aberdeen, Wash. The paper says that station supporters hope to program “news sources, speakers and syndicated programming with radio of a purely local flavor, along with a free-form song format weighted toward classical music.” But first, they need some infrastructure. A “raise the tower” fundraiser takes place on July 14 — folk singer Woody Guthrie’s birthday.

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