Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Date Posted: 4/20/2015
Congratulations to Community Wireless of Park City KPCW-FM Station in Park City, Utah for becoming a 2015 Crystal Radio Award finalist.
"As a nonprofit community licensee, KPCW-FM is literally owned by our listeners. Our mission is to inform, educate and entertain. We are the only radio station licensed in Summit County and one of just two broadcasting to Wasatch County, one of the fastest growing counties in America. Our niche is local news and information. No other radio broadcaster fills that role in either county. For our community, 2014 was a watershed year. Following three years of contentious litigation over a lease, the family owned Park City Mountain Resort was forced to sell to a large out-of-state public ski corporation. As the town’s leading employer and economic engine, the resort ownership dispute was the biggest story in town in decades. As the only daily source of immediate information and with a staff of three (out of a staff of eight) devoted solely to news coverage, KPCW kept anxious listeners alerted to every significant development and angle. KPCW proved the continued critical importance of local radio. We provided the town a public forum in which to learn and express opinions about dynamic changes happening in their community. When news broke, it broke on KPCW-FM."
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