In the next few months Sunnyside may be home to a new radio station, as the Northwest Tejano Music Association last month filed an application for air space with the FCC.
"We are just in the first stages," says Trudy Carbajal, a secretary for the Tejano music association. "It can take up to a year before we find out whether or not we get the license."
Carbajal says the proposed station would play a mix of Tejano, Mexican and Country music. "We want it to be a community type of station to provide information and work with the schools," she noted. "We'll be bi-lingual, but more English than Spanish."
Planning for the station has received help from staff at Granger radio station KDNA. There are no call letters yet available for the proposed Sunnyside station.
Carbajal says the music association will either rent or construct a building to house the station. One possibility is building on land the association owns on Fourth Street in Sunnyside.
If approved by the FCC, the radio station will have a 100,000 watt antenna erected near its building. Carbajal said the antenna will stand about 200-feet tall.