FAQ

Why should I become a contributing member of Terminal Radio Inc.?
What is Terminal Radio Inc.?
Why don’t I get good radio reception?

What do I do if the radio goes off the air?
What if I hear a program repeat?

Why should I become a contributing member of Terminal Radio Inc.?

Members are the corner stone of community public radio. First, the financial contributions help keep the lights on, music playing, and the programs you love on the air. Donations are also tax deductible. It gives you a vote for the Board of Directors, who helps to guide the station. We also get funding from federal, state, and local grants which often depend on showing community support based on membership. The more members, the more money we can get from other sources. And we have some great thank you gifts to help inspire you to donate. See the donations page for more information. There is no set amount for donations, to be a member requires a donation of $25 or more for students and seniors, $35 or more for individual, and $50 ore more for family memberships (for two voting members).

What is Terminal Radio Inc.?

Terminal Radio Inc. is the legal corporate name for KCHU, KXGA, KXKM, and our translators in the Copper River Basin and Prince William Sound. Terminal Radio is often refereed to as KCHU, but that is just a part of who we are. Terminal Radio Inc. is a non-profit 501c3, so donations are tax deductible. Direction of the station is given by a nine member Board of Directors elected by the members that meet the second Wednesday of the month. Offices for Terminal Radio Inc. are located in Valdez, with repeater stations in Glennallen (KXGA 90.5FM), and McCarthy (KXKM 89.7FM), and translators in Cordova (88.1FM), Chenega Bay (88.1FM), Tatitlek (88.1FM), and Whittier (88.3FM).

Why don’t I get good radio reception?

FM is line of sight, so if you can’t see the tower, your reception isn’t going to be as good. The further away the worse it’s going to be. There are some tricks that can help, like wrapping a copper wire around your radio and stringing it around your house, or up a tree. There are also some devises you can buy that when set near your radio it helps tune in, or antennas that can be placed on roofs or polls to get a clearer signal. For more information on what to buy, where to get it, and a price range contact Terminal Radio Inc. by e-mail, or calling 835-5080 or 1-800-478-5080.

You can also listen to our streaming signal online at www.kchu.org

What do I do if the radio goes off the air?

Call and let us know by calling 835-5080 or 1-800-478-5080. If no one answers, leave a message with where you are listening, when the signal stopped, and any other information you might have. There are many different possibilities of what the problem could be. It could be a problem with the program as we get it from national distributors, it could be our equipment in the station, the phone lines getting it to the translators, it could be the translators, or it could be something else. It can take a some time to trouble shoot and fix the problem. The sooner we know the sooner we can get it fixed.

What if I hear a program repeat?

We use computers to record and play national programs automatically. Although we try to check every program, every once in a while one goes on the air without being checked. If the computer didn’t re-record the program then the old one will replay. Please let us know if you hear the same program twice in a row so we can make sure to get a new one for the next airing. Notify us by calling 835-5080 or 1-800-478-5080.

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