July 22, 2020 — Local community radio station KXCR recently announced the station has added Michael J. Kello to the organization's management team as its new vice president.
Kello has been a Board Member of the nonprofit radio station since last year and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Coast Humane Society.
“I’m humbled by the board’s approval and absolutely excited by the opportunity to continue the great work of KXCR, increasing its presence on the Oregon coast and online, while providing our listeners with thought-provoking and entertaining programming for decades to come,” Kello said. “We have an incredibly engaged group of volunteers and Board of Directors. Florence is very lucky to have KXCR and the station and I are blessed to call Florence home.”
The ongoing changes at KXCR consist of more than just the addition of Kello they extend to the production capacity of the station and also to its future plans for expansion of a more varied selection of programming offerings.
Recent technical upgrades to the station’s equipment and computers have allowed them to stream programs and to have a more interactive website for potential listeners to view.
There is also a more focused effort on taking over the responsibility of monitoring and maintaining the FCC license needed to retain the station’s ability to broadcast,
“As we move into the third decade of the 21st century our number one goal is to increase and engage our listenership and volunteers,” he said.
Kello also explained that the station is in the process of transferring its FCC license from Western Lane Translator to the station directly and has redesigned its website at KXCR.net.
Kello also emphasized how the station is run primarily by volunteers and how the need for additional contributors is ongoing.
With that goal in mind, Kello said there are changes at the station designed to make participating in program production easier and more accessible.
“We have built a new production studio and will soon offer a listener membership with some great incentives,” said Kello. “In the same vain as FDR, we have our KXCR Fireside Chat. It airs Tuesdays at 5 p.m. It is live with video simulcasted on our Facebook page. It is the first of its kind here and growing fast.
“We want to be a trusted source for information and programing for community and our region.”
For more information on volunteering or in creating a local program for broadcast call 541-997-5252.