I am writing to you today to update you on the progress of the radio station, and to let you know about some recent changes at KYAQ. First, I was voted in as Board President on September 1, 2015 and joined the board as our newest member.
We are very excited to announce that we now have the capacity to do live shows in the studio, and we can even put folks on the air who call into the station! We are looking to greatly increase locally produced shows such as local public affairs and local music programs. Bill Dalbey, our volunteer Technical Support person, is available to train and help you produce your show, whether live or recorded. If you or anyone you know is interested in being on the air, fill out a Program Concept Form on the KYAQ website and we’ll get right back to you!
What are your favorite programs on KYAQ? When do you listen? What programs would you like to hear on KYAQ? If you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes to fill out our Listeners Survey. This is only one of our efforts to determine how to serve our community better. You can find the link on our Facebook page and on our website.
Would you like to serve on our Community Advisory Board? This is a crucial part of being a community radio station. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please feel free to contact me! I’ve included my contact information at the end of this letter. This Advisory board will assist our Board of Directors by making recommendations regarding programming, funding, and so on.
Last March, Ginger Gouevia, our Volunteer Coordinator held our first ever volunteer training. Stay tuned for announcements regarding our next training!
On the financial front, the station is still in crisis. We are still about $1,000.00 short each month needed to keep the station on the air. We are taking immediate steps to increase our monthly income such as:
- A team of volunteers visiting businesses around our listening area to sign up underwriters for our 24 hours of programs. Our rates are competitive and it allows businesses to show their support for KYAQ.
- Recruiting volunteers to write grants for needed equipment and for on-going operating costs.
- Increase our membership to include more monthly donors. We love those who are one-time donors and we understand that not everyone can commit to giving every month, however reoccurring donations allow for a more stable financial foundation.
Our records indicate that you may have been one of the wonderful supporters who have donated money to KYAQ in the past. We can’t thank you enough for your help! However, we’re not on a stable funding path yet. With that in mind, we’re coming to you, our loyal community members to ask for your support. Obviously we cannot keep the station on the air while accruing such a large monthly deficit. Nowhere else can you hear our two most popular programs, Democracy Now! and Alternative Radio, not to mention all the other informative programs airing 24 hours.
A reoccurring $10.00 a month donation (or more if you can!) from only 100 supporters will keep the station on the air. That’s less than two lattes a month! If you value community radio and want the type of programming available only on KYAQ, please go to KYAQ.org and make your reoccurring donation now!
The KYAQ Board of Directors, its volunteers, and the community thanks you for your generosity.
Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Ph.D.
KYAQ Board President