Hello fellow radio fanatics! We’ve had an exciting past month!
The CMJF applied for and received a special scholarship from Prometheus Radio! This scholarship paid for special guidance through the tricky process of applying for our license. On top of that, we now are participating in a regular phone based session where specially trained individuals walk us through the various steps required for us to get on the air! This as already demonstrated it’s value in helping us structure where we need to go next in the process of going live.
COSMIC Broadcasting Pledges support
One of the major hurdles we are facing as a radio station was how we where going to embrace the future and offer web streaming for those listeners outside of our listening area. COSMIC Broadcasting has generously offered their support and assistance in helping us produce web ready content! While this relationship is still in the formative stages, we’re confident that we’ll be working together a lot in the coming months! In the meantime, check them out, and see what kind of shows they offer! We’ll be having some of our very own personalities begin to appear on their shows, so listen for those as well!
Location, location, location
We’ve narrowed down where the broadcasting transmitter must be located to reach our target audience in Colorado Springs. Our vision is to help give a voice to the traditionally under represented southern Colorado Springs area. Due to the limitations of Low Power FM, our transmitter has to be located where it can reach the largest portion of listeners. We’ve determined that around Memorial Park would allow us to reach those that need a voice most within our community!
Luckily, the station does not have to be located on site with the transmitter! This is huge news for us, since finding a good place to rent is troublesome. We’re a pure non-profit, volunteer driven organization that is just beginning to draw in the funds needed for operation. Since we’re still in the beginning stages, applying for grants and whatnot is not something we are ready for. Therefore, it takes every one last person dedicated to giving Southern Colorado Springs a voice in this community to pitch in a bit! This is a nice transition point for the next portion…
New Membership Levels Announced!
How would you like to be a “Founder!” That’s right! For a small donation today, your name (if you want) will be added to a very special board that will be permanently hung up in our offices. That board will be dedicated for those who believed enough in our vision, right at the start, that they purchased a space on the board. This money will be used as part of our startup! You have our guarantee that every dollar we receive will go directly towards equipment, application fees, rent, and anything else that is critical to our success!
Here are the levels
- Students and Seniors – $12
- Intro Level – $25
- Angel Level – $500
Consider making a donation today! We make it easy at CSRadio.org
August Open House – Dessert Social – Tuesday August 26th – 6:30PM
For those of you who would like to see where we are going with all of this, we invite you to our August Open House! This is an informal mix and mingle session for those who wish to meet the dedicated volunteers that are making this radio station happen. Also, if you are curious about what low power FM is all about, and want to have a chance to have your voice heard, swing on in! This is a community event, and a dessert social, so if you can bring a nice dessert to share, we’d be much obliged! C’mon down and check us out!
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WHAT: Inaugural Nikola Tesla Dinner and Media Justice Award Presentation
WHEN: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM
WHERE: Country Buffet Restaurant, 801 North Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80909 (across from The Citadel Mall)
WHO: Keynote address by Amanda Mountain, Executive Director of the Tim Gill Center for Public Media and Regional Director of Rocky Mountain PBS
COST: Tickets $25 at the door; $20 if purchased online by July 1 (or $25 after July 1) at www.nikolatesladinner.even
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of modern alternating current (AC) system.
On the eve of Tesla’s 157th birth anniversary, CMJF pays homage to the man who is also known for his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments conducted at his laboratory in Colorado Springs, which included patented devices used in the invention of radio communication. The local nonprofit is launching a low-power FM (LPFM) community radio station in 2014 to reclaim the public airwaves often dominated by corporate media, in order that the people’s authentic voices can be heard.
The local celebration is co-sponsored by the Pikes Peak Library District. As part of the Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium held in 2010, “Enterprise and Innovation in the Pikes Peak Region,” the Special Collections Department of PPLD republished the long-out-of-print famous biography, Lightning in His Hand:The Life Story of Nikola Tesla. The book, updated with many new illustrations, will be available for sale at the dinner event.
“Citizen and student storytellers have an integral role to play in the new media landscape,” offered Amanda Mountain, Executive Director of the Tim Gill Center for Public Media and Regional Director of Rocky Mountain PBS. “As everything we know about traditional media changes, we will need to rely more and more on the resources, diversity, and context that can only be provided by our community’s engaged citizens,” she added.
Community radio can amplify the voices of people addressing important issues in their communities. They have proven to be impressive organizing tools for exposing government corruption, cleaning up toxic waste, winning better working conditions, and promoting local arts and culture. Community radio provides a platform for youth voices and leadership development. These stations can be streamed online and integrated with new technologies to have a global reach. In a time of deep cuts for local news departments and public spaces, community radio can fill many important needs.
“And media can be the most powerful tool to move the disenfranchised toward true community engagement and investment,” affirmed Mountain, who will deliver the keynote address at the benefit dinner.
Mountain is the first honoree of the CMJF’s Media Justice Award for her leadership role in fostering strategic partnerships among community radio and television providers, educational institutions and library systems that would create and share content.
“LPFM is a way for those in the community who are struggling to survive to hear stories that they can relate to, and to know that they are not alone in this struggle for human dignity,” explained Dennis Apuan, founding director of CMJF. “With low-power FM in our community, poor and working people across Colorado Springs would have an incredible tool to learn together, to understand their shared struggles and conditions, and to work to change them… thus creating solutions from the ground up and making this city better for everyone,” he pointed out.
CMJF is a community-based organization rooted in justice that recognizes the unique power of media to shape public understanding and serve the common good. CMJF works to create just and equitable media structures that give meaningful voice to diverse peoples, cultures, and ideas. For more information on CMJF, visit its Web site at www.csradio.org.