Community radio station to debut with international radio barnraising
Hudson, NY-- A new, community radio station serving 78,000 people in Columbia and Greene Counties prepares to go on the air with a weekend of trainings, workshops, and events. The radio station is WGXC and they are calling the event a "radio barnraising. In collaboration with Prometheus Radio Project, the barnraising will bring experts from around the country to train area residents in all aspects of radio production.
"For the past ten years, we've been fighting to take the airwaves out of the hands of the powerful few and place them in the hands of communities. We've supported many groups in starting low-power and full-power FM radio stations that serve as tools for social justice organizing and a voice for community expression," says Andalusia Knoll, Community Radio Coordinator with the Prometheus Radio Project.
The Prometheus Radio Project has helped many groups, including farmworker unions, civil rights groups, and rural arts organizations build their stations while training a new generation of radio organizers across the country. The collaboration with WGXC, which will broadcast at 3,300 watts as opposed to the 100 watts of low power stations, will be Prometheus's first full-power barnraising. This new station will be uniquely decentralized with three main studios spread out across the listening range, allowing broader participation from residents of New Yorkâs Greene and Columbia counties. Partnerships are already forming with schools, music venues, and town halls to create live feeds from various locations, furthering the scope of the station.
WGXC was selected by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast on 90.7-FM. With support from hundreds of donations and a matching grant from the federal government, WGXC is raising the necessary funds to go on the air.
WGXC: Hands-On Radio will be much more than just a radio station, with regular exhibitions and events, ongoing media trainings, a news blog, and community meetings. âWe are all aware of the urgent importance of protecting and supporting our local resources, food system, watersheds, farmland, and local arts and cultures,â explains Kaya Weidman, a member of WGXC's Radio Council and co-founder of Germantown Community Farm. "WGXC is simply local media, a key tool for all these crucial issues."
The WGXC Prometheus Barnraising will take place in Hudson, NY with workshops and events from September 24-26. To register for the Barnraising go to http://www.prometheusradio.org/WGXC_barnraising
WGXC's mission is to cultivate and to preserve the unique character of our area, the voices, and conversations of Greene and Columbia county residents, especially those that are rarely heard. âHands-on Radioâ captures the essence of this project. WGXCâs participatory environment will bring to life the idea that media is not something that is fed to us, but something we create with our own hands, hearts, and minds. http://www.wgxc.org/
The Prometheus Radio Project is a non-profit organization that supports groups in building and operating participatory radio stations as a tool for social justice organizing and a voice for community expression. www.prometheusradio.org
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