Keep Community Radio Local
KTAL will be having its first fund drive in 16 months from December 6 - 15, 2021. We hope you'll tune in as we'll have some special programming during these days.
Better yet, The New Mexico Local News Fund, which has been supporting KTAL for some of our new production activities, has accepted the station into a special MATCHING GRANT PROJECT. The LNF will provide funds up to $3,000 for any fundraising by KTAL in December.
This represents a vital channel to help ensure our mission to serve as an independent, non-commercial voice of the community.
KTAL members understand the importance of nurturing a truly local view of the issues, events and trends impacting Las Cruces, especially at a time when media conglomerates keep their focus and their profits largely outside of our community.
By contributing to KTAL, you are reinvesting in our local community.
KTAL’s commercial-free airwaves depend upon your contribution. Together, we are building the vitality for continued growth and development for the years ahead.
Help us generate $3,000 in matching funds in December!
KTAL Has A New General Manager
We are pleased to announce that we have a new General Manager of Las Cruces Community Radio, Zane Chaffee, who started November 1.
Zane has been a volunteer for us over the years while he was attending NMSU. He earned his journalism degree earlier this year and has been engineering Cafe Con Leche for Nan Rubin and Greg Smith.
His immediate priority is to begin planning the December fund drive, but he's also going to be working on audience outreach, social media, marketing, broader participation, and a plan for remote broadcasts.
Rickie Lee Jones returns to KTAL
We had a special guest return to the KTAL studios this past month as Teresa Tudury's longtime friend and Grammy winning singer-songwriter-musician-producer and now acclaimed author Rickie Lee Jones made her second appearance on Live From the Double Wide. The conversation was as candid, insightful and hilarious as you might expect. If you missed it, you can hear the conversation on the station's Mixcloud page.
Become a KTAL Volunteer
We are looking for people to join our invaluable and friendly group volunteers at KTAL. Help keep this independent, non-commercial resource continue so local people and respectful conversations can continue to be heard. You'll learn what it takes to keep a radio station running and put live shows from our studio on the air. You may even want to do a show of own someday. Don't know how? Don't worry, we'll teach you! To get started, go here. Put in your name, email and say, "I'm interested in volunteering!"
FCC Approves Title License to Las Cruces Community Radio
Las Cruces Community Radio is now the official owner of KTAL, effective in June following an application by the Southwest Environmental Center (SWEC) to transfer the broadcast license.
“KTAL is now responsible for all operations, policies, finances and legal decision making,” commented KTAL Executive Producer Nan Rubin, who facilitated the approval process through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on behalf of KTAL and SWEC
Another significant development is the FCC approval of the station’s license renewal. “All radio and television licenses in the state of New Mexico expired on October 1, so last May, Las Cruces Community Radio submitted the appropriate paperwork to renew the license,” Rubin added. The license renewal was granted September 21. The next expiration date is October 1, 2029.
Copies of both FCC applications and associated exhibits are available by searching for KTAL LP on www.fcc.gov/stationsearch
Please become a member of KTAL-LP and contribute on the Donate page. In addition to funds, you can donate equipment.
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