Janesville Community Radio is coming to Janesville, Wisconsin. On air starting June, 2015 on 103.5 fm and currently online at www.JanesvilleCommunityRadio.com
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Bringing Community Radio to Janesville
Brief history In October 2013, FCC held a two week one-time
open window for applications to launch Low Power FM stations.
Thousands of groups applied. In Janesville only one group applied:
United Arts Alliance.
What is LPFM? Low Power FM (LPFM) is a non- commercial
educational broadcast service. LPFM licenses may be issued to
non-commercial educational entities, and public safety and
transportation organizations. Individuals and holders of other
types of broadcast licenses are not eligible to hold an LPFM
Why LPFM? It strengthens community identity. It increases
variety in coverage of local issues. It creates an outlet for local
musicians to get their music heard. It creates opportunities to
learn for young people and students.
Who is Janesville Community Radio? Our volunteer board members
are: Robert Novak Scott Story Gordy LaChance Autumn Wheeler Judith
Detert-Moriarty Adam Rutherford Yuri Rashkin
UAA meets JCR To meet FCC requirements, the group of Janesville
Community Radio volunteers needed to partner with an established
non-profit. JCR approached United Arts Alliance about joining the
application. UAA members voted unanimously to support application
United Arts Alliance Started in 1996 as a way to create
Janesville Performing Arts Center, UAA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
umbrella organization dedicated to fostering and promoting arts in
Rock County by bringing together artists, arts-related entities and
businesses in Rock County. UAA is known for holding annual
ArtsFest, Janesville Area Creativity awards, Arts Hall of Fame and
scholarships it awards every year.
FCC approval granted In January 2014, FCC granted Janesville
group the license to build a broadcast tower in order to begin
broadcasting using frequency of 103.5 on the FM dial The group now
has 18 months to launch the radio station. Launch date is set for
Current capabilities As of May 2014, JCR consists of podcasters
broadcasting live shows using internet radio platform BlogTalkRadio
producing 10+ original podcasts each week dedicated to covering
local issues, education, arts and science. The station is
headquartered at 321 E Milwaukee Street at My Office-JVL.
Few words about our hosts Currently, the JCR is a podcasters
club where most anyone can join for a small monthly fee. Current
programs include: Open Mick with Chad Sheridan and Andy Anderson
Discover Janesville with Yuri Rashkin Whats Up with Jamie Orlando
Talking Animals with Erika Bobzien ArtSpark with Edie Baran Lunch
Bucket Radio Clinic with Bob Keith and others!
JCR Guests & Hosts!
Future opportunities Once on FM, the world of partnerships in a
variety of programs congruent with UAA mission of promoting arts
emerges, such as: Partnership with School District of Janesville
allowing students to produce shows. Partnership with Hedberg Public
Library creating dedicated childrens programming. Highlighting and
promoting the variety of non- profit organizations working to make
Janesville a better place to live, work and play.
Can anyone join? Currently most anyone can be a host but once
JCR moves expands to FM, a strict application process will be
implemented where the JCR board will make decisions about who will
be on the air. We are looking for more volunteers to assist with
technical, content and fund- raising aspects of bringing community
radio to Janesville!
Funding As part of United Arts Alliance, JCR is already
actively exploring various grant opportunities as well as
partnerships with businesses and non profit entities in the
community. Creative fundraising will be a must, starting with the
2nd annual Janesville Community Picnic, which will be held on June
29th at Palmer Park.
For more information Check out www.JanesvilleCommunityRadio.com
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