Items concerning the Northwest Community Radio Network

KBCS joins KYRS for a weekend of skill-sharing

[via Sabrina at KBCS]

KBCS team works with Spokane Community Radio Station

This past weekend, a team of KBCS staff and volunteers traveled across the state to provide a series of radio training workshops to KYRS, the low-power FM community station located in the heart of downtown Spokane. KYRS went on the air in 2003, and since its beginning, KBCS has been active in providing mentoring assistance to the station s staff and volunteers. This latest round of workshops covered everything from audio production to interviewing techniques, podcasting to pledge drives, and was made possible through a grant KBCS received to build a model for regional mentoring between community radio stations. KBCS is committed to supporting community radio in Washington state, and across the nation.

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Position Available: Community Radio Producer/Network Organizer

Reclaim the Media is looking for a community radio producer/organizer to help take the Northwest Community Radio Network project to the next level, in collaboration with creative radio producers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia and Alaska!

The position involves two main functions: (1) coordinating production of a weekly collaborative radio program and (2) organizing related to the launch of the Northwest Community Radio Network.

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CiTR to host Community Radio Conference in Vancouver, June 11-16

CiTR Radio, one of Canada's leading community radio stations is pleased to host the National Campus Community Radio Conference, June 11-16 2007 in Vancouver. CiTR is inviting American community media friends and allies to cross the border and join in this year's conference!

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Hollow Earth Radio

We found out about this fledgling Internet station through a chance conversation in a local coffeehouse... Hollow Earth Radio, with what looks like a mixture of music, live programming and recorded live performances, with a yen for found sounds, collage, old mix tapes and other audio sports. Check them out!

There must be more of these small Internet stations around the Northwest.

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Radio Network Conference Call this Friday, March 2nd at 10am

Community Radio organizing is off and running in 2007!

The interim decision making body for network planning discussion is the Network Organizing Committee. Participating stations are encouraged to select one representative at a time to be part of the organizing committee.

In an effort to move the network forward, early priorities include participating in monthly phone meetings, structuring future collaborations, establishing policy that addresses content-sharing and collaborative productions, and designing future gatherings.

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Cascadia’s community radio stations plan innovative regional network

Amy Dalton contributed this great article on the NW community Radio Network to Prometheus Radio Project's winter newsletter (pdf).

Most community-radio stations in the US already belong to a mélange of coalitions and networks — including the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB), the Pacifica Network, and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (known by its French acronym, AMARC) which links nearly 3,000 member stations in 110 countries. But organizers in the Pacific Northwest say they are doing something different, and necessary.

The Northwest Community Radio Network (NWCRN) will focus on pragmatic mutual aid, mentoring relationships, and collaborative content production — all work that relies on a geographical proximity and real-time meet-ups. The Cascadia region is defined broadly, including Washington, Oregon, parts of Idaho & Northern California, Canada’s British Columbia, and the southern section of Alaska, and some Pacific islands.

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Missoula's ouRevolution Radio is ready for full power

Former Missoulians Mary Kathryn Rountree and Leigh Robartes (of Free Radio Moscow) want everyone to know about this exciting project in Missoula--a community radio station which hopes to take advantage of the FCC's upcoming full-power noncommercial radio licensing window:

The revolution may not be televised, but broadcasting it over the radio is another matter altogether. And with ouRevolution Radio, local David Max is working to bring both revolution and evolution to Missoula’s airwaves.

The time is ripe for launching a noncommercial, full-power, community FM radio station that would broadcast throughout Missoula, he says...

With a preliminary engineering study in hand, a name and a budding support network, Max is now taking ouRevolution Radio to the next level by broadening public involvement and organizing a fund-raising campaign to finance a final engineering study that will pin down the details necessary to actually obtain a station permit.

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NCRA launches program exchange website

[via the Canadian National Campus and Community Radio Association]

The NCRA/Anrec has launched a new online audio sharing application called the Program Exchange. The Program Exchange is a Canadian system that allows radio producers to upload and share their programs and radio stations and programmers to access and download those programs. Users can upl

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KPOV Bend launches Internet stream

Our friends at KPOV-LP in Bend have added a web stream to their local low-power FM signal. More from the Bend Weekly News:

POV has an FCC license to broadcast a low-power, four-watt signal a limited area that is about the size of the City of Bend. The combination of its low power signal, tower location on Awbrey Butte, and local topography in Bend means many people can't hear the station, even though they live nearby the broadcast tower. Internet broadcasting—or streaming—is a new way for people to access the station’s signal from any computer with an internet connection.

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Lake Cowichan, BC station hopes to be on the air next summer

Radialistas in BC's Cowichan Valley recently unveiled plans to launch a community radio station. The CRTC has yet to approve their license application, but hopes are high that the station will be online by next summer. Read about it here.

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