Pass the Mic

Tune in: 9-10 AM, second and fourth Saturday of every month.

Pass the Mic showcases local youth artists ages 2-28. It features interviews from young singers, dancers, athletes, artists, musicians and any other kind of talented group that helps keep the youth of Cincinnati in a positive place in their lives. Pass the Mic will visit schools and community shows to review performances and see artists in their element. Listen for live, in-studio performances and reviews on youth events and youth-based businesses in the city.

Host Jacqueline Cox is the mother of 9-year-old Robert who loves the arts and will be helping co-host the show. She believes that arts enrichment is the best way to keep kids focused on positivity, staying in school and off the streets.

Jacqueline graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2007. She was a DJ on Air.com’s 80’s and loved it. She has Pass the Mic (Robert)(scaled).JPG also been singing since the age of 2 and has been featured on the CDs of many local artists.

Jacqueline loves children and as president of Schiel’s PTA for the past 2-years, has seen first-hand the talent that is coming up in Cincinnati. She says that, “all we need to do is give our youth a little sunshine and spotlight so they can continue to grow!”

Robert is a student at Schiel Primary for the arts, soon to be a student at the new School of Creative and Performing Arts. He is a vocalist, violinist, drama major and excellent public speaker.

Mondays with Christa and Kaylen

Tune in: Mondays from noon to 1

Kaylen and Christa bring you an hour of Cincinnati Rock, Indie, Folk, Punk, Blues and whatever else they can get their hands on. If you want your band’s music considered for the program, send CDs to Christa at Media Bridges, 1100 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 or email to [email protected] Original music only please.

Note from the producer: Sending your CD does not guarantee your music will be played on the show. So don’t start emailing me every day asking when I’m going to play your music. That’s just annoying. If I like it, chances are I’ll play it. See, that’s the nice thing about having your own show. You only have to play what you like. Got a problem with that? Start your own radio show. -CZ.

WVQC in the Enquirer

Thanks to this great post from John Kiesewetter in his blog on the Enquirer website. Look for a mention of WVQC in his column in the Sunday paper too.

New Cincinnati Radio Station Debuts Aug. 1
Posted 3/26/2009 11:09 AM EDT on Cincinnati.com
Radio Free Queen City begins broadcasting Aug. 1 on low-power WVQC-FM on 95.7. Media Bridges, Cincinnati’s nonprofit community media center, will share the 100-watt non-commercial signal with Forest Hills Schools in Anderson Twp. and the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood.

Media Bridges says WVQC-FM “will be a true community station with a schedule that emphasizes local music, news, events and talk, as well as alternative national programming. It will also air government affairs programming and Spanish language news. Programs will be produced by local volunteers and will reflect the interest of the community.”

That sounds great, but I have a question: Isn’t that why WAIF-FM (88.3) was started in the 1970s?

Media Bridges has been working on getting a radio license for nearly 9 years. It applied in 2001 to the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC finally granted the license last year. WVQC-FM programming will replace Media Bridges’ 24/7 internet station, “The Bridge,” from the Over-the-Rhine media center, says Kate Finnigan, who’s organizing the broadcast station effort. The signal “will stretch 3-5 miles and cover most of the urban core of Cincinnati and part of Northern Kentucky,” she says.

Media Bridges has launched a campaign to raise $127,000 to buy a transmitter, build a second (production) studio and fund operation for one year, Finnigan says. “Community support is crucial to its success,” she says. Go to wvqc.org to donate, or learn more about the station.

The plan looks solid, and they need your support. It’s a good thing. But I still ask: What does this say about what all-voluntter WAIF-FM is or isn’t doing?