Radio Roundup

Alternative Station KWSS to Switch Frequencies, Moving From 106.7 to 93.9

Local low-power alternative station KWSS has announced that it's moving to a new home on the FM dial, shifting from 106.7 to 93.9 on Sunday, March 10.

Home to shows like TMI (which I call into once a week to discuss music news and play selections), Mostly Vinyl with Johnny D, Driving with Gass, and Erratic Radio, the station has been broadcasting via a low- wattage signal since 2005.

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On Monday, the KWSS staff updated its official Facebook with this message:

Important announcement: KWSS will be moving to 93.9 FM March 10th to better serve you, look for more posts and get ready to reprogram your presets!!

Update: KWSS has released an official statement to the media:

The staff and management of KWSS Radio is pleased to announce that KWSS FM in Phoenix will be moving frequency from 106.7 to 93.9 March 10th 2013 in an effort to better serve its listening public.

The Local Community Radio Act of 2010 passed by Congress, grants equal protection to community radio stations with regard to translator and booster stations and enables stations like KWSS to make minor modifications to their broadcast facilities in order to reduce interference and make better use of the radio spectrum.

KWSS will maintain its current format, and schedule line up. KWSS Management says "This is the first step in the process to add a second frequency to better serve the east valley cities such as Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert later in the year or early 2014".

The change in frequency doesn't equal a power boost, but that doesn't stop Beef Vegan, host of KWSS morning show TMI, from speculating that the move is going to be a good thing for the station and its listeners.

"It's going to be positive," he says, noting that the move will remove the station from the Spanish music sandwich it's currently the meat of: KKMR 106.5 and KDVA 106.9 are two stations with strong signals, often obscuring KWSS' signal. "The reason the move is essential is that there's not [going to be] two high-powered stations on either side of us."

"We're [currently] at the tail end of that dial -- being at the beginning is going to be good," he says, suggesting that the station's eclectic, often free-form format could appeal to listeners of soon-to-be neighboring stations KDKB 93.3 (classic rock), and KJZZ 91.5 (jazz, NPR). While the move won't necessarily satisfy fans looking for a stronger signal in the East Valley, the new frequency will most likely be somewhat easier to pick up (and the station's online presence,, will continue to stream live).

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.