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KDVS adds Al-Jazeera newscast

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April 6, 2011 | 4 Comments

Local radio station KDVS has added Al-Jazeera, the Middle East’s largest media outlet, to the daily KDVS radio schedule, with a 30-minute English language newscast at 8 a.m., Mondays through Fridays.

KDVS can be heard at 90.3 FM and online at http://www.kdvs.org. The station will be the only media outlet, radio or otherwise, carrying Al-Jazeera in this area.

Jerret Siered, KDVS programming director, said, “We were initially unsure about putting Al-Jazeera on KDVS, because they are a huge news outlet, similar to large American new service to which a station like KDVS serves as the alternative to in the U.S.

“But after reading of Al-Jazeera’s problems with getting on the air in the U.S., and considering the great coverage they are offering of the world-changing events in the Middle East, we decided that taking on Al-Jazeera would be unique for our market and in line with our KDVS programming philosophy.”

The Pacifica Radio network has distributed Al-Jazeera to stations in major U.S. cities. Its 24-hour-a-day broadcast is now being tested in small TV markets. But national TV syndication of Al-Jazeera is still a long way away off.

All of Al-Jazeera’s programming can be streamed live online at http://english.aljazeera.net or special-ordered through satellite providers.

KDVS is a student- and community-run radio station with studios in Lower Freeborn Hall on the UC Davis campus. The station’s 9,200-watt FM signal covers almost all of the metropolitan Sacramento region, which has a population of roughly 2 million people.

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  • userzApril 07, 2011 - 11:15 am

    Hurray!!! Thank you KDVS! I think AJE is where CNN was when they first started out. Believable, dependable, newsworthy.

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  • The Worlds Gone CrazyApril 07, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    What are they providing for ballance?

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  • Paul DornApril 07, 2011 - 8:16 pm

    Thanks to KDVS. I've been able to enjoy Al Jazeera English broadcasts on my Roku streaming video player. The reporting is very good, with much less celebrity and entertainment nonsense on other networks. It's ridiculous that Al Jazeera isn't available to more Americans. Great work KDVS.

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  • Neil RuudApril 19, 2011 - 11:45 am

    Dear The Worlds Gone Crazy, KDVS acts as an alternative media outlet contrary to larger multimedia conglomerates run by the profit margin and not journalistic standards. If you feel that we need public affairs or news programming that provides a different perspective than ex-BBC staffed Al Jazeera, I encourage you to volunteer for KDVS and apply for a public affairs or news slot. On a personal level, I agree with our Secretary of States' comments praising the network for providing "real news" coverage with fewer commercials and less pundit analysis. Thanks again to our listeners and supporters, Neil Ruud General Manager KDVS 90.3fm 530.752.0728

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