We love that our studios and offices are ideally located in the heart of downtown Juneau at the entrance to the city’s recently designated arts and cultural neighborhood, enabling us to be at the crux of collaboration and community engagement. To further collaboration and bring this hub of community, culture and vital news directly to you via the KTOO airwaves, we need a few improvements.
Remodeling , improving and expanding our radio studios:
- Improve the acoustics of our four existing studios through sound treatment and an improved HVAC system
- Upgrade the electrical system and lighting to support current equipment needs and improve energy efficiency
- Update the interior design to visually reflect the current mission and values of KTOO
- Add a fifth “showcase” studio, large enough to accommodate multiple guests for live radio shows, including space for panel discussions and music performances. This new studio will be shared as a live air studio among all three of our stations, as a place for the community’s civic leaders, artists, culture bearers and youth to share their talents and ideas with our listeners.
Improving and expanding our signal coverage. Juneau’s terrain is challenging for radio broadcasting. Broadcasters rarely get the opportunity to move transmitter locations and improve signal coverage, but we have such an opportunity now.
We are working with a local tower company to co-locate all of our transmitters to a high mountain top site, on Auke Mt. just north of the Mendenhall River. At an elevation of 1,700 feet the proposed site offers a clear shot at delivering our signals to the growing population areas of Juneau and the outlying communities of Hoonah, Gustavus and Excursion Inlet. The owner is offering a long term, low cost lease with favorable terms and an option for us to purchase the facility outright in the future. The relocation will initially save $13,200 a year in rent and electricity expenses for just KRNN and KXLL, and will save another $5,000 a year when we are able to relocate KTOO-FM and KTOO-TV.
Help us honor recent retiree and KTOO veteran Jeff Brown with the Better Sound Campaign!
Jeff Brown performs magic.
This June Jeff Brown retired after more than 30 years at KTOO. Since his retirement, we’ve been trying to come up with a meaningful way to honor his incredible legacy of kindness, inclusivity, creativity and humor in the building.
We are excited to honor Jeff by remodeling the KRNN volunteer studio and dedicating it to him. The studio remodel will improve acoustics, ventilation, lighting and energy efficiency in the studio. This will mean a better work environment for volunteers and a better listening experience for KRNN’s audience. We are also looking at ways to have the studio reflect Jeff’s personality and passions like perhaps Hawaiian print walls or a balloon animal plaque! We have a portion of the funding in place, but we need your help for the rest. If you would like your donation funds to go towards the Jeff Brown Studio please note that on our giving page.
Become a part of our sound . . .
join the growing list of donors
The Donor Recognition Wall will be displayed on the wall leading in to the remodeled KTOO studios. Donors will have their name or a person they are honoring imprinted on the wall. Donor recognition name sizes will match giving levels.
Tower Level: $1000
Mixing Board Level: $500
Mic Level: $250
Sound Tile Level: $125