Entercom Communications is making history in Denver. KEZW Studio 1430 AM is now the largest station in the United States to be powered by the sun. In November of 2011, the station broke ground in Littleton, Colorado, on the project which now includes 40 solar panels. The project is designed to both reduce dependency on the power grid and showcase renewable energy. The station will host a live event at the site Friday to celebrate its completion.
Entercom’s KEZW solar project is part of the 1Thing environmental initiative, now in its third year. The premise behind 1Thing is that if everyone did just one thing to preserve our environment, we would be one step closer to a sustainable world. KEZW PD Rick Crandall says, “I’m delighted that KEZW is leading the charge in the use of renewable energy and operating our transmitter with solar power. It’s amazing that a station playing timeless music from the 40s, 50s and 60s is using the newest 21st century technology to power our signal.”
Jeff Garrett, chief engineer at Entercom Denver added, “The KEZW solar project has been challenging and exciting for me. The science that allows that production of electricity from photons of light is cutting edge. We are excited about the future and I’m honored to be part of converting sunlight into radio waves.”
KEZW will celebrate completion of the solar project by broadcasting Rick Crandall’s Breakfast Club live from the KEZW Solar Site at 4700 E County Line Road in Littleton Friday, 6am-10am, followed by a Solar Garden Dedication at 10am. Gates open at 8am with KEZW engineers on site to answer questions about reception and solar power.
Entercom Communications is the parent company of WILK News Radio, 98.5 WKRZ, WGGY Froggy 101, and WDMT The Mountain.
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