Friends of the Goldendale Library are sponsoring a workshop on "Community Radio Theater" with Jim Tindall, scheduled for Saturday, February 28th from 11 to 1pm in the Camplan Room of the Goldendale Public Library. Free and open to the public.
Vox Populi Evening Radio Recording Sessions during February by request. Easy to schedule your recording time in Goldendale. Email us at kvgd (at) kvgd (dot) org.
Final Friday Open Mic Night scheduled for Friday, February 27, 6PM, at the Weavers' Studio next door to Car Quest. Open to the public. Sign up upon arrival for a turn at the mic.
The Friends of the Goldendale Library is the sponsor of a series of six media workshops which began in the Spring of 2014 and continues in Spring 2015! Thank you, Friends!
About Goldendale Community Radio Meet Your LPFM Neighbors
Community Radio is somewhat like how Mario Cuomo thought of America: "...a bickering, diverse family in which each member nonetheless workedfor the enterprise and all were in it together...."
Mike Jacobs spoke confidently into the mic during a promo recording session in The Camplan Room of the Goldendale Library on the evening of Thursday, August 28, 2014. "My name is Mike Jacobs and I support community radio because it is all about you." Probably unbeknown to him, his words echoed the headline of an article on social change titled Roots, Radio and Social Change: Why Low Power FM Radio is about YOU by Betty Yu that appeared in October 2013 on billmoyers.com published at the time that the FCC opened a long awaited application window for community groups to apply for low power FM radio construction permits around the country.
Heart aka The Heart of the Night
Late in the summer of 2013, I heard an NPR Weekend Edition radio report on a Germantown, Philadelphia internet signal that was planning to apply for an LPFM license in October. What a great idea! We should do something like that here.
That’s how the conversation started and some meetings were set to see if there was any interest, and as it seems to be turning out, there is interest and volunteers with considerable talent have shown up to take part in the process.
The first big hurdle was to find an umbrella non-profit organization that would serve as the applicant for the LPFM. What began as Goldendale Horizons about five years ago developed into a the group called Community Enrichment for Klickitat County which gave assurance that it would step into the applicant role.
KLCK on the AM dial has their tower on West Broadway. John Kusky of C&N Cable approached them about using that structure for the FM antenna. That seemed to work out as well. John and Nancy Kusky offered their building address downtown for a broadcast studio. These three pieces: 1) the non-profit applicant; 2) the antenna location; and 3) the station location must be stated on the FCC’s application form. The application also required a detailed description of the organization’s educational goal, and how the proposed station will further that goal. Proposed programming and a weekly broadcast schedule were encouraged but not required to be included with the application.
LPFM stations are required to broadcast a minimum of 36 hours per week. LPFM stations are meant to be a local effort, produced by local participants, broadcasting hyper-local news. Some have called them “Amateur Night at the Bijou”. That’s not only okay, it’s kind of the whole thing in a nutshell. - Cory Eberhart