Broadcast TowerBroadcasting in Southeast Alaska presents some unusual challenges. That’s why you’ll find us in several spots on your radio and TV dial, as well as on local cable systems, Dish Network and DirecTV.

Here’s an important message for KRNN and KXLL listeners:

In early September, we moved KRNN and KXLL to a new transmitter site, on Auke Mt. north of the Mendenhall Valley.  Our lease ended at the old tower on Blueberry Hill in Douglas, giving us a long-awaited opportunity to improve and expand the signal coverage for KRNN and KXLL.  (KTOO’s main transmitter is located on the Federal Building in downtown Juneau, and wasn’t part of the move).

The new location, at an elevation of 1,795 feet, allows us to reach more of the population of Juneau and our neighboring communities, at a significantly lower annual cost for rent and electricity.  The project has been in the planning for two years, and was approved by the FCC in August of 2018, allowing us to start construction earlier this year.

A number of listeners have noticed the improved coverage.  But in the first few weeks of being on the air from the new site we have had a few challenges – the new transmitters required some factory TLC, and the signal processing between our studios and the new tower site had a bumpy few days, resulting in some times when we were off the air, or at very low volumes.  We are still working on those bugs.

We have also had reports of fuzzy reception from some listeners, primarily in downtown Juneau and West Juneau, mainly on portable or table radios in the Starr Hill and Pioneer Avenue neighborhoods.  We are working with the manufacturers of the transmitters and the antenna system and a radio engineering firm in Seattle to find a solution.  Options we are studying include higher power transmitters on Auke Mt. and repeaters for downtown and West Juneau.  It will take us a few weeks to finalize those plans and apply to the FCC for permission to make the modifications.

In the meantime, listeners have found that attaching an antenna or moving their radios helps.  LED light bulbs can interfere with radio reception, so moving the radio away from lamps might help. And you can always listen to KRNN and KXLL online at www.ktoo.org/listen, or on smart speakers by saying “Play KRNN” or “Play KXLL.”  And all three of our stations are available on GCI Cable.  KTOO is on channel 871, KRNN is on 873 and KXLL is on 874.

Because of Juneau’s terrain, radio reception here is tricky.  Thanks to everyone for your patience as we work through this transition.  Our goal is better service for everyone, and we are working hard to get there!

If you have a question or a reception report, send an email message to info @ ktoo.org.

Here’s a list to help you find us:

KTOO News
  • Downtown Juneau – 104.3
  • Lemon/Switzer Creek – 101.7
  • Mendenhall Valley – 103.1
  • Hoonah – 91.9
  • Gustavus – 88.1
  • Excursion Inlet – 89.9
  • GCI Cable Juneau (stereo) – Channel 871
KRNN
  • Juneau – 102.7
  • GCI Cable Juneau (stereo) – Channel 872
KXLL Excellent Radio
  • Juneau – 100.7
  • GCI Cable Juneau (stereo) – Channel 873
KTOO-TV Digital Channels   (Juneau)
  • Alaska Public Television:  Channel 3.1 (channel 10 or 657 in HD on GCI Cable)
  • Create:  Channel 3.2 (channel 94 on GCI Cable)
  • 360 North: Channel 3.3 (Channel 18 on GCI Cable)
KTOO-TV Analog Channels   (Throughout Southeast Alaska)
  • Angoon – Channel 9
  • Sitka – Channel 10
  • Petersburg – Channel 9
  • Wrangell – Channel 9
  • Kake – Channel 12
Public Radio in Southeast Alaska: