November 03, 2021

KRCL re-invests in Westside presence with new building

1.	KRCL’s future On-Air Studios, band room, and production studios at 535 West 300 North.  Photo courtesy of Sam Crump Photography
1.	KRCL’s future On-Air Studios, band room, and production studios at 535 West 300 North.  Photo courtesy of Sam Crump Photography|||| 1. KRCL’s future On-Air Studios, band room, and production studios at 535 West 300 North. Photo courtesy of Sam Crump Photography|||| ||||
By Rachel McKeen

KRCL has promoted local culture and social happenings for Utahns for over forty years.

In June 2021, after twenty years at its 1971 West North Temple studio, KRCL’s radio headquarters moved to a temporary location at 535 West 300 North. The new location doesn’t change KRCL’s ongoing commitment to Salt Lake City’s Westside; rather, it reaffirms the station’s long-standing presence as one of the Westside’s community-centered arts and cultural organizations.

Pursuing greater financial security, a greener facility, and a location central to its listeners, KRCL plans to remain in its current space while local developer Chris Parker of Giv Group builds the future offices nearby, at the heart of what will become a new music district.

Executive Director Tristin Tabish explained, “KRCL is eager to engage with our new neighbors, including Rise Up School of Dance and Municipal Ballet Co., to help add a vibrant and dynamic presence to the neighborhood. The Westside of Salt Lake City is growing rapidly, and we’re committed to ensuring that KRCL makes a positive difference in the changing face (and soundtrack) of the neighborhood and city.”

“We're pretty stoked about the block,” Parker said, though he was unable to divulge full details because the new plans may still be impacted by discussion with neighborhood stakeholders. “We couldn’t ask for a more community-conscious partner than Giv Group to help us establish our new home. The sky’s the limit (think street concerts and block parties) and we’re so grateful to Chris and his team along with our community for their love and support.” KRCL hopes to break ground on the new building (on the same block as The Union Event Center) in 2022.

“With an influx of new tenants moving to Citizens West [500 West 300 North] and surrounding housing developments,” Tabish explained, “KRCL is excited to introduce the station to folks who are new to Utah or have never discovered us.”

Despite the new physical location, KRCL’s programming, the station's locations on the airwaves and the internet remain the same: 90.9 FM and www.krcl.org.

Published in Fall 2021