2nd public radio station may help keep peace in Kodiak

A decades-long battle in Kodiak over what the public radio station should broadcast -- more music or more news and talk -- may soon be over, or at least simmer a bit. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports this is the year KMXT is set to debut a second station.

 On Thursday, public radio station KMXT-FM launched an online listener survey asking Kodiak residents what they’d like to hear when KODK-FM 90.7 begins broadcasting.

“Right now, we've got the grant for equipment and all that kind of stuff that goes with it,” said Merissa Koller, KMXT’s volunteer coordinator. “We're trying to get input from the public on what they want to hear.”

KMXT has been broadcasting in Kodiak since 1976, and the addition of a second station is a big change. “It’s monumentally huge,” general manager Mike Wall said.

Wall said the addition of a second station comes because listeners frequently are divided on what kinds of music or talk shows should air. For a radio station that relies on public support and public funding, that divide can be a significant problem.

Read more at the Kodiak Daily Mirror (subscription may be required): New public radio station coming this fall