There’s a lot of movers and shakers behind the effort to launch a new terrestrial (as opposed to online only) Portland radio station, XRAY.FM. Former mayoral candidate and Bus Project founder Jefferson Smith is among them — though he calls himself a “senior adviser-applying-to-be-the-junior-adviser” to the project. He says that most of the radio stations in the Portland market are owned by large corporations and that the few notable exceptions prove the rule (full disclosure: OPB is mentioned). Smith says there’s a need for more independent stations and more places that consistently showcase the local music scene.
The other part of his motivation to get involved, Smith says, was to get two of his favorite progressive talk show hosts back on the radio airwaves, Carl Wolfson and Thom Hartmann. Both were ousted when KPOJ changed formats from progressive talk to sports. XRAY.FM, he says, will be a distinctive mix of progressive talk and music.
What’s your view of the radio station offerings in the Portland market? Does XRAY.FM sound like a station you’d tune into?
- Jefferson Smith: Senior adviser for XRAY.FM