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KDVS adds Al-Jazeera newscast

By April 6, 2011

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.

Jeff Hudson

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