Local FM Radio – Time to Act is Now

Kai -- August 22nd, 2007

Here’s the update for anyone interested in the next step regarding the chance to apply for local FM bandwidth. It’s now or never.

41 Responses to “Local FM Radio – Time to Act is Now”

  1. David Miller says:


    I’m with you. Valley Voter Education Project + OrangeBand + a better Valley Community. I’ll be looking for grants and donors.

  2. Bubby says:

    I just hung a monstrous big Yagi directional antennae in my attic to pull in 89.3 Mhz – WVTF. I’ve already got some radio preacher stepping on the signal because he can’t properly run a transmitter…lets not make the congestion on the low end of the dial worse. Good luck.

  3. Kai says:

    That’s what the professionals are for ;)

  4. kai says:

    OK, we’re off and running. Note: this is NOT currently an hburgnews-sponsored effort, just me sharing the developments with you since it’s related to local alternative news and media, AND a number of the readers shared interest last week.

    We’ve identified a lawyer and engineer, and we’re moving forward with hiring them to submit a professional application. There are a couple people doing the coordination of the application in their free time – what we need is a parallel fundraising effort over the next five weeks. we already have almost $1000 pledged and need up to $3500 more. Here’s the plan:

    1. We need about 5 more people to step up and be leaders in this process, committing to raising $250-1000 from their own network. If you can do this, contact me now at kai.degner [at] gmail [dot] com and I’ll call you in the evening.

    2. There will be at least one concert fundraiser within a month. Let me know if you want to plan or promote it.

    3. If you like the idea, but can’t commit the time to fundraise, please contribute what you can. Give an amount that matters to you, an amount you can afford, an amount you feel is an investment in the possibility of creating a truly local radio station.

    OrangeBand is accepting donations. See http://www.OrangeBand.org for more information on developments and for donating.

    I’ll have information at the Little Grill’s open mic tonight, say 8:00ish.

  5. kai says:

    $975 in pledges.
    $155 in online donations via http://www.OrangeBand.org
    A ten-person fund raising team.

    Not bad for two days. We still have a ways to go…

  6. kestrel9000 says:

    Speaking of local FM radio (and I’m talking about the big boys now),
    look at this.

  7. Dave Briggman says:

    Eddie, the free market would take care of Ted — if it was warranted — and it is not.

  8. Del Marvel says:

    You don’t think it’s “warranted” to be concerned about someone running around on stage waving machine guns and threatening politicians while whipping a crowd into a frenzy? For starters, that’s a terroristic threat in most jurisdictions.

  9. kestrel9000 says:

    Briggmann, where were your righteous pleas for a free-market economy when the Dixie Chicks had their records burned and their music dropped from radio station playlists?
    Oh, that’s right; conservatives hated them, so you said nothing.

  10. Dave Briggman says:

    Well, Del, it’s apparently not a terroristic threat where that concert occurred ot Nugent would have been charged.

    And kestrAl, I know it’s hard to think through that fog you refer to as your brain, but for the dozenth time or so, I’m libertarian, not conservative.

    Also, if you’re going to comment right below one of mine, at least kestrAl, have the courtesy to spell my name correctly…makes you look even less intelligent than you normally appear when you don’t.

  11. Dave Briggman says:

    What do you think the free market is, Eddie, when people burned their records and dropped them from playlists?

    If you don’t like Nugent, go burn his CDs, I doubt whether his music or the Dixie Twits have recently published to vinyl…

  12. kestrel9000 says:

    I doubt they’ve published to vinyl, too. I don’t think anyone has for years, Captain Caveman. Now CDs, that’s a different story:

    Despite minimal airplay, Taking the Long Way debuted at number one on both the U.S. pop albums chart and the U.S. country albums chart, selling 526,000 copies in the first week (the year’s second-best such total for any country act) and making it a gold record within its first week. The Chicks became the first female group in chart history to have three albums debut at #1…
    In 2006, Taking the Long Way was the ninth best-selling album in the United States. It won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Album, Best Record, and Best Song (for “Not Ready To Make Nice”) – 14 years since one artist or group last swept those three awards – and Best Country Album on February 11, 2007. After their Grammy win the Dixie Chicks album Taking the Long Way hit #8 on Billboard 200 and #1 on the country album charts and the song of the year winning Not Ready to Make Nice re-entered the charts at #4 on the Hot 100.

    As for Nugent? His “Greatest Hits” was recently reported seen in the 99c bin at Big Lots. There’s that “free market” you like so much….more like “dirt cheap market.”
    And here’s the pig’s latest album cover. Shows what he thinks of women, and human dignity.
    Ought to be right up your alley.

  13. Dave Briggman says:

    You’re such a putz, Eddie.

  14. kestrel9000 says:

    When considering the source, that’s a compliment.

  15. JGFitzgerald says:

    Dave and Eddie,

    Some of us don’t mind the back and forth, but would it be too much to ask that it be informative, entertaining or at least funny? Twits, pig, up your alley, putz, consider the source … I’m not sure those are the first phrases that pop to anyone’s mind when they think of FM radio, which is, wait for it, the topic of this thread.

  16. kestrel9000 says:

    I’m not sure those are the first phrases that pop to anyone’s mind when they think of FM radio…

    I think we went Howard Stern with it…….

  17. Bubby says:

    I’m thinking that the Kestrel and Dave need a talk show on this new community radio. They could do a shtick like Dan Ackroyd and Jane Curtain used to do on SNL…”Jane, you ignorant slut”.

  18. kestrel9000 says:

    Briggman would spit all over the mic.

  19. ZTH says:

    Why not just start a Internet radio station and link it on local sites?

  20. Dave Briggman says:

    Thanks, JGF, for your constructive criticism…the last time that you offered such, I believe you were trying to correct my grammar with respect to the phrase “illegal alien”, and, oh, you were WRONG.

  21. kestrel9000 says:

    Rather than focus on Dave’s flying saliva flecks,let’s go back to Ted Nugent, for a moment, since Briggman saw fit to bother the good people at Candid Comment this morning and talk smack about me and my blog (which was the plan all along. He’s so delightfully predictable) :

    So Ted Nugent roams a concert stage while toting automatic weapons, calls Barack Obama “a piece of —–” and says he told Obama to suck on one of his machine-guns. He also calls Hillary Clinton a “worthless b****” and Dianne Feinstein a “worthless w****.”

    That Nugent, he’s a man’s man. He talks the talk and walks the walk, right?

    Except when it was time to register for the draft during the Vietnam era. By his own admission, Nugent stopped all forms of personal hygiene for a month and showed up for his draft board physical in pants caked with his own urine and feces, winning a deferment. Creative!

    Ah, but that was a long time ago. Nugent isn’t just a washed-up rocker — he’s a right-wing madman who’s not afraid to call out some of the leading Democrats in language so vile it makes the Dixie Chick Natalie Maines’ comments about President Bush sound like a love poem.

    You’d think even someone such as Sean Hannity would dismiss Nugent as a macho clown, desperate for attention.

    Yeah, right.

    In a discussion on his show last week, Hannity refused to condemn Nugent’s remarks, saying, “I like Ted Nugent . . . he’s a friend of mine,” and even laughing loudly as Alan Colmes read the transcript of some of Nugent’s remarks.

    Funny. I don’t remember Hannity being so cavalier about the Dixie Chicks went they criticized Bush.

    Not that he’s operating under a double standard or anything.

  22. Dave Briggman says:

    And all that talking, Eddie, got you exactly ZERO more readers. I don’t know how it would, ’cause nobody mentioned that the calls for Nugent to be taken off of the air came from the lunatic left.

    Why are you so worried about Nugent’s service in the military? By your own admission they didn’t want you, either, and I assume they did want you with — or without — being caked with feces and urine.

    As I recall, Democrat Bill Clinton dodged the draft and he loathed the military, according to letters he wrote.

  23. kestrel9000 says:

    Actually, you have no way of knowing how many hits i get now or at any time.
    First rule of trash-talking, Briggman: when you see you’re in a hole, quit digging.
    I told you why I was rejected; I have a hearing loss in one ear.
    Which was news to me.
    You seem to forget the fact that I attempted to enlist of my own free will, because the Navy was where I wanted to be.
    I wanted to be a military journalist.
    At least Clinton was honest.
    Bush was not. He didn’t even bother to show up for the National Guard sinecure his daddy connected his way into.
    I find it interesting that you would defend somebody who evaded serving in Vietnam by crapping his pants, yet now runs around playing state fairs, can’t give away records, and riles up the idiots by waving what were probably fake rifles in the air and calling United Staes senators by obscene names.
    Interesting, but not surprising.

  24. Dave Briggman says:

    You’re right, Eddie, I have no way of knowing your traffic wasn’t increased by my meager little call to Candid Comment this morning. But since I didn’t mention either you or your website, I doubt I helped you out at all.

    What I do know, Eddie, is that according to ALEXA.COM, you’ll need to come up a little over 600,000 in your rating with them to reach the rating that REPUBLITARIAN.COM enjoys. I’d get your chipmunks moving at clicking those mice if you ever hope to accomplish that.

    No you didn’t, but I’m sure your hearing loss affected your intelligence, adversely of course.

    You wanted to be a Navy Journalist but you can’t even maintain a blog without calling anyone in this administration a name? That would not have gone over too well in the Navy.

    Yep, poor Nugent…35 million records sold ain’t squat.

    If they were “fake” weapons, Eddie, why are you getting so worked up about the incident?

  25. kestrel9000 says:

    You can look at the Alexa numbers all you want, but you guys have been up for years (not couunting scrubbed posts, downtime and platform changes) and we’ve ben up since the end of May.
    And I call this administration things like “criminal” because they are.
    Fake weapons or not, inciting violence against your fellow Americans is wrong, Briggmän, just as DOING violence against teenagers in a fit of road rage is wrong.
    Would it have somehow made it okay if those rifles had been real?
    Tell me. I’d like to know.

  26. JGFitzgerald says:

    Dave and Eddie,

    Sorry you didn’t take my suggestion to heart. I suppose I should be grateful. You two make the council meetings while I was mayor seem civilized.


  27. Dave Briggman says:

    The “teenager” you refer to was 21, idiot. That’s the best you’ve got, isn’t it Eddie? Waaaaaaah, Eddie, waaaaaaah.

    You know, Eddie, it pleases me to know end that you are so nutso that my postings or my responses are the last thing you and Cliffster think about before going off into unconsciousness…

    Take this to email, Eddie, if you have something constructive to add to the conversation and let’s stop mucking up Brent’s blog.

  28. Dave Briggman says:

    Yeah, Joe, it was tough getting all of the 4-1 votes when you were the ONE.

  29. kestrel9000 says:

    Winston Churchill: You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
    You are an irrelevant nutcase, and I regret letting you draw me in.
    Piss off.

  30. Dave Briggman says:

    Haha…you lose, Eddie, you lose.

    If I’m so irrelevant, why do you REPEATEDLY get “drawn in”?

    BTW, Eddie, I love what you’ve done with the ratings at WBOP…within ONE year or two books, you’ve taken it from a 2.4 down to a .8…you should have signed with Air America.

  31. kestrel9000 says:

    I’m not the PD, Dave.

  32. Dave Briggman says:

    You’re right, you’re not…your the on-air “talent” for lack of a better word. Blame the P.D.: who hired you?

  33. kestrel9000 says:

    Congratulations. You are now far deeper in the zone of not knowing what you’re talking about.
    Who hired me?
    I’ve been with this corporation for five years.
    And I’m one of several announcers, not “the” on-air talent.
    And you also miss the fact that the other station actually gained slightly.
    And now I am done with you.

  34. Barnabas says:

    STOP. You need to stop doing this on here. Brent has told you many times to stop, just because he hasn’t said something does not mean that this time it’s okay.

  35. Gxeremio says:

    Where do I apply to get back the time I just spent reading this thread?

    Actually, it was a nice refresher to get back in the swing of being a middle school teacher.

    You both do yourselves a disservice by airing this kind of junk publicly. I think it was Abe Lincoln who said, “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” ;-)

  36. kestrel9000 says:

    I can tell you I’m done feeding the bully.

  37. Dave Briggman says:

    Which is why, Barnabas, I wrote:

    “Take this to email, Eddie, if you have something constructive to add to the conversation and let’s stop mucking up Brent’s blog.”

  38. John says:

    Thanks JG & Barnabas.

  39. Baltimore girl says:

    Gxeremio I am in complete agreement with you.

    I really enjoy this blog for the local content. I am not from the area so I get a lot of good info from it. The worse part is the fighting between a few “men”.

  40. kai says:

    Radio Update – Donations Received: $1210; Pledges: $575.
    To apply for radio frequency, we need about $3,500. The amount to date lets me contract a lawyer and engineer today.
    More info at http://www.OrangeBand.org

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