SCOPE applies for station license
Environmental watchdog group SCOPE may be getting into the radio business, according to board member Carole Lutness, if their request for a full-power non-commercial license is approved.
The group was approached more than a year ago by the national group Common Frequency, who advised them of a five-day window of opportunity to apply. With a transmitter located in Acton and the studio in Lutness’ Valencia home, SCOPE hopes that the 100-watt station will reach Acton, Agua Dulce and most of Santa Clarita.
“There are so many things that can be done with a public radio station that can’t be done with a commercial station,” she said. “The airwaves belong to the people, not commercial interests. It is our purpose to provide education to the citizens of Santa Clarita about varying viewpoints and cultural issues.”
The station will be financed by donations and grant money and staffed by volunteers. Lutness said that $10,000 has already been pledged. The new station will feature political news, environmental, local culture and nonprofit perspectives and programming for underserved populations, such as Hispanic, African-American and Gay, Lesbian and Transgender listeners.
She said that KHTS does a great job, but doesn’t represent the community. “The local station is definitely the organ of the City Council and the establishment,” she said. “Lots of people in the community don’t fit into the moneyed category. The poor and disenfranchised need a voice.”