Posted on January 27, 2018
Dear community radio supporters,
First of all, thank you for hanging in here all this time. We realize this effort is taking longer than any of us wish it would. Part of that is just starting from scratch and personal mailing lists to get the word out (thank you for helping) and part is the size of our core group. That being said, there is movement and the team has been committed to staying with this through all its twists and turns and slow points! We are excited to let you know the negotiations with the owners of 90.7FM are moving ahead in earnest and we expect, if all goes well, for our offer to be accepted at the beginning of February and shortly thereafter, for the license transfer process to begin with the F.C.C. That is supposed to take (give or take and no unexpected delays) 90 days. That means the station could be ours by May if all goes well. The sale is contingent on our successfully negotiating a tower lease with UCSC that is to everyone's satisfaction.What does that mean for getting on the station on the air money-wise? It means we are close to having the money needed for the purchase, and we will still need to raise funds to build the studio and cover our tower rent ($18,000 a year estimated). So, fundraising will be key in these few months leading up to the license transfer. Other important work to get done is scoping out a studio site, designing it, and building infrastructure. We are looking at several sites with varying costs and have an active facilities committee comparing several options, still gathering specs on others. If you know of a perfect (very low cost) office space of around 1000 square feet, please let us know. If you're curious to learn more about the various options, drop an email. The other work is to begin the process of establishing the programming which we want to be the most diverse, creative and ear-capturing listening experience on the dial. We are convening a program committee of experienced folk that will be reaching out to the community of existing and new potential hosts and putting together the first schedule. Watch for several community meetings announced in the next month or two to gather ideas and program proposals.
The votes are in and KSQD won hands (er, tentacles) down. K-Squid. Once the license transfer gets underway, we'll nab those call letters and start some sort of logo contest to get the perfect squidly imagery for our station. The other news is we are incorporating as a nonprofit entity called Natural Bridges Media. For now, we will continue to have Media Watch as our fiscal agent offering tax deductible status for donors until we get our official IRS letter later this year.
So, bottom line: It will take about $80,000 more to get this station up and running and on the air. If you have friends, acquaintances or associates you think might give, we would like to meet with them. The other way you can help is to share, share, share this link on social media.
If you have a little time to volunteer, let us know what you'd like to do (outreach and fundraising and eventually building are a big part of our future needs) drop a line to [email protected]
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Again, thank you for your belief in our little engine that could, and in community radio as a force for good in the world.
Rachel, Mathilde, Linda, Ned, Ann, Jean and all the many volunteers who have started showing up to events and helping out.