Myself and the other volunteers with KBCZ are thrilled with the support we have received so far. In March, we had our first fundraising event, The KBCZ Dance Party. The turn out and support was amazing! More than 200 people came and we raised $4500 to help us cover expenses as we build the infrastructure of Boulder Creek Community Radio and wait for our FM license to be assigned to us by the FCC.
Recently, our tech support guru Logan was able to configure the Internet stream and we now need to start ripping and tagging local music, interviews and radio dramas for broadcast. This will be tedious because most local music is not in the Gracenote database so, most songs and artists will need to be labeled. We also want to add some liner notes about what local relevance the artist has, connections to well known artists, etc. We would like to get a programming group together who can share these tasks to make it go quicker and easier for all.
We also need to track down more local music believe it or not. You would think we would be inundated with CDs but, not so much. If you know musicians is the SLV or even Santa Cruz County who have good quality recordings, please ask them to get us uncompressed CDs (no mp3s unless they are very high quality like 320kbps). They can drop them in the mail slot at the Santa Cruz Mtn Bulletin where we share space. We are also interested in other types of programming like radio plays, comedies, educational programs, etc. It would be helpful if the artist could note any explicit tracks and include any liner note info they would like to share (ie. Boulder Creek harmonica player George Galt also plays with legendary guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson).
If your interests are in other areas like operations, fundraising, outreach, etc., that is fine too. Just let us know. We have plenty of things to work on. Some are just basic things that need to get done like putting together the station guidelines, contacting people, putting together the community calendar for broadcast, etc. We also want to connect with the local schools.
The plan is to start pre-programming the automated software with content for broadcast on the Internet starting now and then, start adding live DJ’s, talk shows, etc. We are primarily an educational format as designated by the FCC. We will stream from our website, TuneIn, etc.
We would like to stream traffic and weather via an RSS feed so people can get it on their mobiles. The plan is to have people text or call us from the road and let us know where trees are down, roads are closed, etc. This will also stream on our website. Eventually, we will want someone to do live updates over the FM broadcast. This could be the DJ or someone else.
We are also making progress on the production studio which, will be in the back of Barry Tanner’s BC Music Works studio (the old post office behind The Odd Fellows Building). I am excited how nicely this worked out. It is a good size space with doors we can close to reduce noise. If you have interest in doing any kind of show, Sam Peacock will be getting together with people in the production studio to do an air-check (a short demo). Just let me know.
I am excited to begin the next stage of development with you all and I look forward to hearing from you about your interests.
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