The self-described “Voice of the Redwood Coast,” KTDE-FM Gualala CA serves the area north of Santa Rosa and south of Fort Bragg on the Pacific Coast. A new set of owners are already running the station under a TBA.
The seller is Four Rivers Broadcasting Inc., John D. Gibbs, principal.
The station is also known as The Tide, and the license company name chosen by the purchasers would in indicate that it is being purchased as a going concern. Buying the station is The Tide Community Broadcasting Inc. Principal shareholders will be Joel E. Corbett and John C. Power.
The price will be $25K, with a $2.5K deposit and a note for the remainder. The TBA was scheduled to kick off 1/1/13.
The station is a Class B1 on 100.5 MHz with 6 kW @ 669’.
The format is difficult to pin down, unless you use the word eclectic as we did in the headline. From the station’s website, here’s a program sampling:
We have a wide variety of music programming to suit any taste.
The Good News Guys – Music And Memories Every Morning From 7-8!
The High Tide Morning Show – Classic Rock
Solid Fuel Sounds – The Notes You Need To Hear
The Buttermilk Biscuit Blues – Classic And Modern Blues
Coastal Musicians – Artists from Mendocino and Sonoma
Coastal Interviews – Community Affairs
Jukebox Saturday Night – Classic Top 40 Hits From The 50’s And 60’s
La Caja Musical – Traditional And Modern Tunes From South Of The Border
West Coast Live – Variety
The Blueseum Of Fine Arts – Every Show Is A Blues Festival
Friday Free Ride – Classic Punk And Modern Alternative
Feel Good Friday – Hip Hop And Today’s Hottest Music
Fun! Fun! Fun! With Frogman Joel – Classics From The 50’s, 60’s And 70’s
Lost Coast Country Classics – Classic Country, pre-1989
Sunday Good News Show – Inspirational Music With A Message
Sunday Morning Classical – Classical And Chamber Music From Bach To Vivaldi
Sunday Musical Journey – A Little Bit Of Everything
RBR-TVBR observation: The lack of stations like this one in most markets is one of the big reasons so many people are keen to start up low power FMs. We especially like that the station makes time to discuss local public affairs and to showcase local musicians. We thoroughly understand the difficulty making this kind of format work commercially, but it’s too bad there aren’t more stations giving it a shot, especially the fourth or fifth station in a big local cluster.