All-Points Bulletin: Something Big Is Coming To Colorado Springs!
Bring your A game because KCMJ 93.9 FM Needs You!
WHAT: SPRING CONVERGENCE & VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT / ORIENTATION
WHEN: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7 PM
WHERE: Carnegie Room of the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
In an environment where corporations increasingly control the airwaves, where can social justice movements and marginalized communities go to have their voices heard? After over a decade-long organizing campaign led by Prometheus Radio Project, President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act in 2011. Since then, many communities are recognizing that low-power FM is a way to return the power of radio back to ordinary people. It is radio by the community and for the community – a tremendous victory for social change and media justice movements. Local communities now have the power to transform the corporate-driven media landscape.
In Colorado Springs, the Colorado Media Justice Foundation started its own grassroots organizing three years ago, and was recently granted a Construction Permit by the FCC. It envisions launching a community radio station in the next 12-18 months. This event is a call for volunteers, movers and shakers (see more below) to join us on the frontlines and move this historic and once-in-a-generation opportunity forward.
Community radio stations represent the last bastions of airwaves that are representative of the communities they come from and put the control of whose voices get heard and which stories get distributed in the hands of the community.
Won’t you join us?
Excerpt from volunteers organizational event on February 27, 2014:
Are you interested in finance and fundraising? Are you savvy with technical and operational aspects? Would you like to help develop compelling programming? Want to host your own radio show and/or help create content? Are you interested in station- building and facilities management? Want to help start an Internet radio presence? How about setting matters of policy and governance? Do you possess data entry or administrative skills? Are you interested in publicity and/or public affairs, including media relations? Would you like to serve on a committee or board of directors?
In addition to facilitating the exchange of ideas and music with particular regard for those who are overlooked or under-represented by other media outlets, KCMJ provides a mechanism for volunteers to become creators and contributors, and a unique and valuable opportunity to play a role in shaping public dialogue and fostering appreciation of local culture and arts.
Join our efforts as we work to change the Colorado Springs media landscape with homegrown programming. Together, let us create community and form a public square that will inform listeners about our communities’ very identity. The heart and soul of radio may be coming back – if people in local communities choose to be the media they want to hear.
Have other ideas that can make our organizational structure even better? Let us know how you would like to be involved. Send an email to KCMJ’s Organizing Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at (719) 357-1357. Make sure to include your interests, skills and availability. We hope to hear from you soon!Read More
That’s right! We have a YouTube channel for everyone’s enjoyment!
For now, here’s our first video on why community radio matters.Read More