KRZA building named historic

ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa Historic Preservation Advisory Committee recently presented KRZA with a plaque designating the radio station’s building at 528 Ninth Street in Alamosa as historic.

Historic Preservation Advisory Committee Chairman Ralph Symbleme, who also serves on the KRZA board, said the committee had been working hard to get the building designated. Efforts will now be made to get the building on the state historic registry, Symbleme added.

The historic committee and KRZA board hope to obtain grants for much needed interior and exterior work on the building, which was constructed in 1925.

“The building needs to be taken care of,” Symbleme said. “We are now able to get beyond the day to day and look at the building and take care of it, as opposed to just trying to survive.”

“That’s the next step now,” added KRZA General Manager Gerald Rodriguez who said that is one of the focuses of the new board. “We are trying our best to keep the building intact.”

“It’s a great landmark for this side of town,” said Alamosa City Councilman Ty Coleman.

KRZA is the community radio station for the area providing public radio programs and a variety of musical and informative programming.

Caption: Alamosa Historic Preservation Advisory Committee Chairman Ralph Symbleme presents a plaque designating the KRZA building historic to KRZA General Manager Gerald Rodriguez, center. Joining them for the historic designation presentation are from left City Councilman Ty Coleman and KRZA staff Mike Clifford and Michael Rieck.