Radio station calls Shelton home
A conversation might go something like this … “What? Do you mean there’s a radio station based in Shelton … our Shelton?”
“Yep. It’s station KQQA and is at 90.5 on your FM dial.”
“Really? I’ve never heard of such a thing. What can you tell me about it?”
To properly address the topic of Shelton’s niche in the radio broadcasting world, one has to go back to the days of Platte Valley Academy, a boarding school under the auspices of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The school was first established in 1919 and was located about a mile east of Shelton’s eastern city limit on the north side of Highway 30. At the time of its inception, the school encompassed some 80 acres and was basically self-supporting through donations and through a robust student enrollment that attracted high-school aged students from all over the United States, but principally from the Midwest. However, the bulk of its support came from a thriving farming operation, the center point of which was a very successful and highly regarded dairy farm, an enterprise that provided employment opportunities for many students over the years. The farm eventually grew to be an 800-acre showcase. At its peak the Academy campus consisted of all the usual buildings related to a thriving farming/dairy operation, but also included classroom buildings, maintenance buildings, and a community of houses occupied by faculty and laborers, all of which shared ground with dormitories that housed an on-campus population that peaked at 200 students at one time.
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