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Something local

And now and then, an encouraging reminder that not absolutely everything in the broadcast media has been swept up by the corporate megagiants:

This report in the Salem Statesman-Journal about Ken Cartwright, a small businessman at Stayton who’s launching a new local radio station (KENC 1620 AM), very much the old-fashioned way.

For the past month, Cartwright has been setting up the low-powered AM station, which features country and bluegrass music and local news. The studio, set up next to Cartwright’s Music and Repair Shop, is at 329 N Third Ave. in downtown Stayton. A large picture window gives passersby a glimpse into the world of radio, where in the mornings from 6:30 to 9:30, Cartwright entertains, informs and runs contests.

Since early August, Cartwright has been talking with city officials from Aumsville to Sublimity, searching for locations for small transmitters. The first transmitter, on the roof of his business, can cover from Highway 22 to about the south edge of town.

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