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Supervisor Lynn Compton, second from left, presents a grant check to Michael Stephens, center, Operations Manager of Monarch Radio. Also shown is Monarch Radio's on-air talent from left to right, Patti Haines, Howard Wishner, and Catherine Kitcho.

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On Nov. 23 Monarch Radio (KTGY-LP, 107.9 FM) began transmitting from its new antenna location in the Trilogy-Monarch Dunes community in Nipomo.

With this move, Monarch Radio welcomes the Santa Maria Valley to its listening audience along with the Nipomo Mesa, Five Cities, Guadalupe and Arroyo Grande areas, now reaching over 150,000 people.

The antenna move was made possible by a generous $1,000 District Community Project Grant, issued through 4th District Supervisor Lynn Compton's office. Compton has been a frequent guest on Monarch Radio, informing her South County constituents on legislation and important issues facing the citizens in her area.

The FCC granted KTGY-LP a license in 2016 to begin operating a low-power station in Nipomo, transmitting on 107.9 FM. The mission is to provide music, news, cultural programming and community information of interest to the South County population that is often unavailable on commercial radio.

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Popularly known as Monarch Radio, KTGY is currently the only local radio station highlighting the works of local artists, authors, community and government representatives. Monarch Radio broadcasts four hours per day, seven days per week, during the morning commute time slot from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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