Sunday, May 8, 2016

Greensboro Radio Project

news from the booth

In this first newsletter from the Greensboro Radio Project we have updates on the effort, a brief overview of the project, a report from our first big fundraiser, and ways you can get involved!


The Greensboro Radio Project is a grassroots non-profit organization working to launch a community-run radio station in our city. We applied ot the FCC for and were granted a construction permit for a new low power FM (LPFM) radio station. When it's launched our radio station will broadcast out of Northeast Greensboro at the frequency 102.7.

We anticipate broadcasting a variety of programming on the station including, music, news, talk shows and more. Part of the mission is to help teach media production to community members, empowering them to tell their own stories using our radio station as a platform.

LPFM stations are allowed to broadcast with a maximum of 100 watts. We anticipate this will cover a large part of Greensboro, including downtown. In addition to our broadcasting area, we plan to stream our station online and publish many of our shows as podcasts.


On April 23rd we held a great public meeting at the McGirt-Horton Library on Philips Ave. Thanks to everyone who came out to get  involved! There are two major areas of work right now - fundraising and programming. The fundraising committee will be working on some events over the next several months, a fundraising appeal letter, and some other fun ideas. The programming committee is developing a process for community members to submit ideas for radio shows, which will start closer to the time we go on the air. We've also filed for tax exempt status and a construction permit extension.


On May 6, Matty Sheets hosted a tribute concert to the late great Merle Haggard. Tons of people came down to Gibb's Hundred Brewing Company to hear some of Greensboro's best songwriters, including Molly McGinn, Sam Frazier, Jon Dwyer, Bob Fleming, Laura Jane Vincent, Emily Stewart, Carrie Pazdziora, Abigail Dowd, Richard Boyd, Douglas Moore Jr.

We raised over $500! Thanks so much to the musicians that generously donated their time and talent! And thanks to everyone that came out to hear some great music and support our radio station.


As we said above, fundraising is our major focus right now! Please visit the link below to donate securely through PayPal. Every dollar donated goes directly to purchasing equipment and the costs of operating the station. Our target is $35,000 and you can donate online below, or by mailing a check made out to "Greensboro Radio Project" to 1013 Willard St., Greensboro NC 27405.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for upcoming events. We'll be posting meetings and fundraising events there.

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