KRFY Panhandle Community Radio is a full-power, FM radio station that brings commercial-free radio to North Idaho. Commercial-free is important not just because the broadcasts will be without advertising breaks, but also because listeners will have access to news, music, and other programming that is not dominated by the corporations that increasingly influence the news and information we receive through mainstream media sources.
Panhandle Community Radio is committed to bringing high quality, national news and informational programming such as Democracy Now! to our local airwaves, as well as cutting-edge general interest, perspective, independent and multi-cultural music shows. Add in the grassroots local music and current events programs produced right here in North Idaho, and Panhandle Community Radio is a breath of fresh air on our local airwaves.
Want to support independent, community-owned radio? We welcome your support, in any way that fits for you!
Become a member. Make a donation – of any amount that you feel is right for you – and you become a KRFY member. It’s that simple. By making a donation, we add you to our mailing list to receive our newsletter and an occasional email about special events or programs. And your donation helps keep us on the air! Go become a member»
Volunteer. With just three part-time positions, we need talent of all types to keep our station on the air 24/7! Would you like to volunteer? Go contact us»
Become an underwriter. Program underwriting provides critical financial support – and for the underwriter, it is a powerful tool to reach listeners through the on-air attribution you receive every day, 365 days per year. Listeners support the businesses that underwrite programs that matter to them! Go to our Underwriting page»
Where we came from. Panhandle Community Radio, Inc., broadcasting as 88.5 KRFY, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It began with a small group of friends talking informally at Eichardt’s pub in 2006, which led to an application with the FCC for a license to broadcast in 2007. After years of community outreach, fundraising and planning, 88.5 KRFY went live on the air January 25, 2011.
Today the station is operated by a staff of three part-time employees and 20-plus volunteers. PCR, Inc. is governed by its volunteer board of directors. Click to see our bylaws.
Associate Station Manager/Programming
Board of Directors
Charlie Parrish – President
Jim Healey – Vice-President
Chris Bessler – Treasurer
Julie Perchynski – Secretary
Jean Gerth – Trustee
Julie Kallemeyn – Trustee
Mission statement. Panhandle Community Radio (PCR) is an independent, community-supported information resource for the North Idaho region. The station promotes community participation, collaboration, vitality, and sustainability by delivering alternative news, views, and educational programming to help cultivate an informed citizenry. PCR is committed to lowering barriers to public access of local airwaves.