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About The River

88.9 The River is a project of IowanEASFan. I have an interest in radio, and my area lacks a good general throwback station. The one closest to us is KOBM-FM in Blair, Nebraska, but they get here with mixed results. Becuase of this, I got my hands on an FM transmitter and set up a radio station.

At first, this station was my unnamed secondary stream I used to play a large collection of 45RPM records a local thrift shop owner gave me. The stream was ran off of an HP Thin Client, and was streamed at 24kbps AAC+ 24/7. I later got busy with other projects and lost the motivation to record the records. Around this time, I discovered Crossroads, an IP-only radio station ran by a friend of mine. I decided to take inspiration from them and play all smooth jazz, pulling from a Spotify playlist of Weather Channel music. I lost interest in that after two weeks, and decided to shift formats once again to soft rock.

After that point, my station still had yet to be named. Music played on it was from the 70s and 80s, and typically stuck to the soft rock category, with a hint of pop being played here and there. I later decided to name it "Sunshine 106.5" (I was transmitting on 106.5MHz at the time), stealing inspiration from Sunny 97.1, an oldies radio station that used to be in my area until around 2019. Because of interference caused with KSUX-FM, a local primary for the Sioux City market, I decided to move to 88.9 and later 88.9 FM.

My station is the exact opposite of powerful. I transmit at 100 milliwatts, which is enough to cover most of my small town of around 200 with varying signal. Because my transmitter is fairly low to the ground, I have issues with roof clearance. Given I'm unlicensed (going after a licensed LPFM would be too expensive for both me and my family), I'll be sticking to this setup for now.

The hardware my station currently runs on is an HP Compaq 6000 office PC running Ubuntu Mate. For automation software, I use a piece of DJing software called Mixxx. I have my PC running into my Numark CM100 mixer, with a turntable also connected. I have my mixer running to a Behringer Composer Pro to handle hardware compression, which then runs into my PC for an STL link. For emergency alerts via stream, I also run my Composer Pro to an audio switcher for my Burk EAS encoder, which then runs into the PC.

In terms of Emergency Alerts, I relay the following:

  • All nationwide alerts (Emergency Action Notification, National Periodic Test)
  • All statewide alerts for Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota
  • All civil alerts local to counties in my coverage area
  • All weather warnings and most weather watches for counties in my coverage area

For Emergency Alerts, I monitor KSEZ-FM (local LP), WNAX-FM (for Yankton, SD), KBVU-FM (for Storm Lake, IA), KWMT-AM (for Fort Dodge, IA), KKRL-FM (for Carroll, IA), and KCSI-FM (for Atlantic, IA). I try my best to relay alerts for these areas with decent audio quality, and with decent forwarding times. Given my Burk EAS is fairly old and not the best of EAS encoders by a long shot, mishaps will happen and I apologize in advance for any that do.

Legal Stuff

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