KYAQ-FM won’t be on the air until later this year, but will do a live online broadcast from the 2013 Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games, thanks to a partnership with the Celtic Heritage Alliance, and assistance from Action Networks and Ultrasonic Events, The radio station will webcast live from the grounds at http://kyaq.org both days and needs out-going folks to staff the booth, interview guests or round up guests and be “on the air.”
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 541-264-5917.
“This webcast will be the first opportunity we have had to showcase what a local public radio station can do,” said KYAQ Board President Bridget Wolfe. “Once we are on the air at 91.7 FM, you can expect to hear a lot of events broadcast live or recorded live for later playback,” she said, adding, “This is just a warmup.”
Festival Executive Director Belinda Goody said, “we have been seeking live radio coverage since we started the festival in 2011, so this seems like a natural progression for a new, and locally based public radio station to cover the festival events as they unfold. We are very excited to partner with KYAQ in this capacity and to support their growth as they support ours. That’s what community is all about.”
KYAQ’s parent corporation, Firebare, was awarded a Federal Communications Commission Construction Permit to build a full-power non-commercial educational radio station at 91.7 FM. The station must be on the air by January 4, 2014, or the permit expires and cannot be renewed. The station recently announced a $50,000 capital campaign for construction of its transmission system. An anonymous benefactor is currently matching donations under $250 dollar-for-dollar up to a total of $5,000.
“Our founding donors have enabled us to take advantage of about $2,500 of the $5,000 match so far,” Wolfe said. “We have also had some other large individual donors come through for us, but still have a long way to go,” she added. Fundraising progress can be followed on the thermometers posted at http://kyaq.org. Donations can be made via secure server online or by mail to: KYAQ, PO Box 1664 Newport, OR 97365. Firebare is a 501c3 corporation, and all donations are tax deductible.