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Public radio KYAQ to broadcast Celtic Festival and Highland Games Live on the web

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From KYAQ-FM – Webcasting Celtic Games this Summer

It is another first for KYAQ-FM, signing on the air later this year as Lincoln County’s only local public radio station. KYAQ is announcing a partnership with the Celtic Heritage Alliance to provide live coverage of the 2013 Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games, June 8-9 at the Lincoln County Fair Grounds. The radio station will webcast live from the grounds at http://kyaq.org both days.

“Providing live audio of the Games on our website will be our first opportunity to showcase what a local public radio station can do,” said KYAQ Board President Bridget Wolfe. “Once we are on the air at 91.7 FM, you can expect to hear a lot of events broadcast live and recorded live for later playback,” she said, adding, “This is just a warmup.”

Festival Executive Director Belinda Goody said, “we have been seeking live radio coverage since we started the festival in 2011, so this seems like a natural progression for a new, and locally based public radio station to cover the festival events as they unfold. We are very excited to partner with KYAQ in this capacity and to support their growth as they support ours. That’s what community is all about.”

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KYAQ is still looking to expand the corps of volunteers needed to staff the event, said volunteer Project Manager Alan Searle. “In addition to having volunteers run the audio equipment, we also need people to conduct interviews and particularly want announcers for play-by-play of the games and other events such as the Haggis eating competition. Remote radio broadcasts are always a blast, and we hope you’ll decide to spend a few hours with us having fun on the radio,” Searle said. To contact KYAQ to volunteer, leave a message at 541-264-5917 or volunteer@kyaq.org. The station provides free training to all volunteers.

“We are very excited about this partnership with our friends at the Celtic Heritage Alliance. Like them, we really enjoy good music, and local arts, and will provide a lot of them on KYAQ when we are on the air,” Searle said. The live streaming will be made possible with the assistance of Ultrasonic Events of Newport, which is providing sound management for the performance stages, and Action Networks of Newport, which will give KYAQ the internet connection it needs to provide the live stream.

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KYAQ’s parent corporation, Firebare, was awarded a Federal Communications Commission Construction Permit to build a full-power non-commercial educational radio station at 91.7 FM. The station must be on the air by January 4, 2014, or the permit expires and cannot be renewed. The station recently announced a $50,000 capital campaign for construction of its transmission system. An anonymous benefactor is currently matching donations under $250 dollar-for-dollar up to a total of $5,000.

“Our founding donors have enabled us to take advantage of about $2,500 of the $5,000 match so far,” Wolfe said. “We have also had some other large individual donors come through for us, but still have a long way to go,” she added. Fundraising progress can be followed on the thermometers posted at http://kyaq.org. Donations can be made via secure server online or by mail to: KYAQ, PO Box 1664 Newport, OR 97365. Firebare is a 501c3 corporation, and all donations are tax deductible.

For information about the Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games visit its website at http://ncfhg.com/. Donations to its parent organization, the Celtic Heritage Alliance, are tax deductible. The Celtic Heritage Alliance is a member of the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Newport Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Scottish Games and Festivals.

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