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KELS-LP (104.7 FM), also known as "The Pirate", is a low-power radio station licensed to Greeley, Colorado, United States. The station serves the Greeley - Ft. Collins area and is currently owned by Plymouth Gathering, Inc.[1][2]

KELS-LP
CityGreeley, Colorado
Broadcast areaFt. Collins, Colorado
SloganPirate Radio 104.7 FM
Frequency104.7 MHz
First air date1983
FormatVariety
ERP61 watts
HAAT38.4 meters
ClassL1
Facility ID131356
Transmitter coordinates40°23′5″N 104°44′11″W / 40.38472°N 104.73639°W / 40.38472; -104.73639Coordinates: 40°23′5″N 104°44′11″W / 40.38472°N 104.73639°W / 40.38472; -104.73639
OwnerPlymouth Gathering Inc.
WebcastListen Live Link 1
Listen Live Link 2
Websitepirate1047.com

In early 2011, the station aired a commentary regarding Martin Luther King, Jr. that caused national controversy. The commentary was based on information provided by a listener regarding moral concerns with the civil rights leader. Though the commentary was reported to be generally factual and has been aired in previous years, the controversy developed because the station owner, Brett Reese, is currently a member of the local school board.[3] Reese has repeatedly denied any racial intent and has voiced his support of the civil rights movement. Reese says that his intent is that the truth should be known regarding those that are held up as role models.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "KELS-LP Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "KELS-LP Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  3. ^ "DJ Caught in MLK Controversy Speaks Out". CBSDenver.com.
  4. ^ "Reese MLK commentary; real controversy or sensational journalism?". GreeleyGazette.com.

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