ST. GEORGE – On the second floor of the Electric Theater in Downtown St. George, work is steadily being done on what will become the area’s newest independent radio station: KTIM FM 101.9 Community Radio.
“It will be an eclectic and alternative radio station,” said Timothy Porter, an owner and partner in the new station.
Porter emphasized that there will be a little bit of everything once KTIM is officially up and running. Currently a line of programming is being produced which includes: Island Fever with Susi Lafaele and Karyn Keanaaina, which will feature Polynesian music; The NoBS Show with Tony and Clutch; Tayler-Made Wedding Radio, a weekly program which will offer advice to brides from wedding-industry gurus; and The Scene, a show dedicated to showcasing local singers and bands.
Late night programming – from midnight on – would be throwback to the golden age of radio. Old time radio dramas of the 1930’s and ‘40s will own the air during this time. As progress on the station continues and programming is finalized, Porter wants to produce a local radio drama that people will not only be able to listen to on the air, but come into the Electric Theater and watch as the voice actors share their vocal talents on stage.
Porter also mentioned that KTIM is always looking for people with “a voice and a talent.” So if anyone out there wishes to become involved with the station, Porter is more than happy to see what they have to offer KTIM, and in essence, the community.
“Our whole message is community,” Porter said.
Porter noted that KTIM is a non-profit entity. KTIM will also be taken “off the grid” as much as possible by incorporating solar power wherever feasible.
The station itself will have a very professional sound to it, which is not surprising given the talent which has been involved in bringing KTIM about. Porter himself has 15 years experience in broadcasting. He has been both a radio personality and producer. Perry Holmes, who Porter credits with bringing KTIM to St. George from California, is the station’s program director. Aaron Hamblin, the owner of Sound Design Studios, is also adding his talents and knowhow to KTIM.
Porter also wanted to express his thanks to the Flowers family, the owners of the Electric Theater, for providing a home for the fledgling station.
KTIM Community Radio will broadcast on 101.9 FM at 100 megahertz, just enough power to cover the central valley of the St. George area. However, Porter has mentioned that progress is being made into getting the signal boosted to cover more ground.
As for when KTIM will officially go on the air? KTIM is currently waiting on FCC approval to move its antenna from a previous location to the Electric Theater. Approval could come at any time, Porter said, but was quick to add that dealing with the Federal government’s timetable was like being a homeowner dealing with a general contractor’s ever-fluctuating deadlines.
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