In a legislative turn of events never before seen, the Federal Communications Commission has made 1,000 new, low-power frequencies available for nationwide use. One such station has been acquired by the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council. They have yet to determine just what they will be doing with the station, but they have some ideas.
The East Side being a very diverse community, the council has agreed it wants to include content in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, as well as English, and to deliver music, news, or whatever appeals to all groups in the community. Additionally, the high percentage of youth in the East Side community prompted the council to consider adding material more friendly to that demographic.
With all that, the council is looking for ideas from people of all ages. For example, Jesus Ramirez, the chair of the council’s Arts and Culture Committee, will be visiting schools looking for kids willing to take initiative and help the radio station start up. They have eight hours a day to fill up, and they need all the help they can get.
They will be holding another meeting for anyone interested in helping on April 5th at 6:00 pm. People of all ages are invited to their offices at 798 E. Seventh St. for the meeting — even the 14-year-old daughter of one of the committee chairs will be attending to share her ideas.
The committee is also still looking for a studio to broadcast from; they have a place for the antenna, and will be capped off at 100 Watts. The only certain thing so far is that they must use their license before September 2015.
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