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LPFM Spotlight: KLEK

We will make history as the first black-owned radio station in the city

Who:KLEK(LP), 102.5 MHz, “The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council,” Station General Manager LaGanzie Kale

What: Programming is varied from hits, EZ favorites, news, information, world music, stereo rock and other talk programs. Our primary format is urban adult contemporary which is R&B and old school. We will also feature blues, Gospel and jazz. We also have educational programming on issues such as black history, black health, financial literacy and women’s issues.

Where: Jonesboro, Ark. Our signal of 100 watts has an estimated coverage of 7–10 miles according to Longley/Rice projections. We also will stream on our website and will be on the Radio Loyalty and TuneIn apps as well as through Audio Now.

When: Jan. 1, 2015

Why: The mission of KLEK is to diversify and share a fresh perspective to the local community via music, news, issues and culture by educating, entertaining and empowering the community in an effort to strengthen, unify and serve our neighbors.

We believe that since the airwaves belong by law to the public, the public should have access to them. We believe that we have as basic a right to speak on the radio, as well as to listen. And we have a unique opportunity.

When the LPFM window was opened, we were the only applicant in a growing city with a population approaching 75,000. We will make history as the first black-owned radio station in the city. We have already been approached to donate some materials for the local black history museum for people to study long after we’re gone.

How: GM LaGanzie Kale is a former program director for Delta Force Radio — KCLT(FM), Helena-West Helena, Ark., KAKJ(FM), Marianna, Ark., and WNEV(FM), Friars Point, Miss.

Equipment includes: GLS 57 microphones (Shure SM57 clones); Symetrix 528E voice processor; Arrakis ARC8 console; Sage Alerting Systems Digital EnDec EAS unit; Tascam CD-A500 CD/cassette players; StationPlaylist automation software; Hardy Data Systems The Traffic Light traffic software; BW Broadcast TX300 V2 transmitter; Bext TFC2K two-bay antenna.

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