From Bridget Wolfe
COMMUNITY RADIO NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
There are 45,000 voices in Lincoln County. Why do we only hear a tiny handful of them? That’s the type of question that leads people to build Community Radio stations.
With all the radio signals in Lincoln County, you’d think we could regularly hear Latinos, Siletz tribal members, the homeless, people in poverty, people in need, the GLBT community. We should also be able to hear from the wealth of talent at the coast – writers, artists, musicians, actors. We can read their work or see them perform but rarely get to hear what’s behind their art or what keeps them performing. We’re also blessed with a fascinating talent pool of seniors who have a lifetime of stories to tell.
We don’t often hear any of these voices, and we probably won’t. Why? For commercial stations – there’s no money in it. As for the non-commercial signals we hear – well, they aren’t local so they don’t serve our community.
KYAQ will. We will be FROM Lincoln County and FOR Lincoln County. We just need a little help getting on the air. We need you.
Help us bring unheard voices and unexplored issues to the forefront. KYAQ needs volunteers to spread the word and build community media for Lincoln County. You will enjoy mixing and mingling at public events, engaging people in conversation and talking about grassroots radio. You might raise a little money. You might march in a parade. You might staff a booth at a fair, a festival or a fete. You might usher at a concert. If you have grant-writing, graphics, or marketing skills, we need your help.
We want to start volunteer training in March. Please email project@kyaq right now or call 541-961-7888 to tell us you want to become Radio Active!
Bridget Wolfe of rural Lincoln County is president of Firebare Inc., which holds an FCC construction permit to build KYAQ at 91.7 FM. She can be reached at 541-336-2284 or by email: BVWolfe@gmail.com