WKYW-LP, AKA “Mountain Streams Radio,” began broadcasting in January 2017 as a “low power FM” (LPFM) radio station, licensed to the
Mineral County Historical Society
with studios and transmitter at Catamount Place on the campus of
Potomac State College of West Virginia University, Keyser, WV.
The station’s primary mission is two-fold:
(1) To offer a broad mix of hand-made acoustic music called “Mountain Streams.” blending folk, traditional, old-time, bluegrass, blues, country, gospel, and other
related styles of American “roots” music with the work of contemporary instrumentalists,
bands, singers, and songwriters—music that is not widely heard on mainstream media. The mix
will emphasize music and musicians with connections to West Virginia and the Appalachian region.
(2) To serve as a source of information, service, and community involvement for the people of Keyser and Mineral County. The station will provide up-to-date information about weather and emergency notifications; upcoming community events and activities and services.
As an extension of WKYW’s community involvement, students and community volunteers will have a variety of learning opportunities, as well as opportunities to assist with station operations and to create quality on-air content. In addition, businesses and other entities will be able to promote their goods and services while supporting the station through paid on-air underwriting announcements.
Under a long-term agreement between the Historical Society and Potomac State College,
the college will provide studio and office space, a roof-top antenna location, electricity, and internet service at its Catamount Place residence hall, 167 S. Mineral Street in Keyser. The station, in turn, will work closely with PSC students, faculty and staff on a variety of
promotional, academic, and work experience projects.
The Mineral County Historical Society (MCHS) is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization which has been active in the community since 1969. The Society is dedicated to promoting interest in local and regional history.