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?

Brand New Youth Radio Camp

Are you a teen who wants to be on the radio?

This summer, WVQC is offering a week-long radio summer camp for all those bright, young 12-18 year olds who want to learn the ins and outs of low power FM radio. The class will include training in FM radio production, FCC regulations and a chance to make your very own demo show.

The class runs from June 22 to 26 and is 2 hours every day, from 2-4pm. The cost is $75 per student. A limited number of scholarships are available. The deadline to submit a scholarship application is May 29.

More information and a registration form is available here.

The Queen City Voice, appearing in inboxes everywhere

I pushed the send button today on the first issue of WVQC’s monthly newsletter, the Queen City Voice. (click here if you’d like the Voice emailed to you.)

This is my first mass-emailing, so I’m a little proud and pretty excited about it.

Of course, as soon as I hit ‘Send’ I notice the typo. I decided it would work better in next month’s newsletter, so I removed it from this edition, but I accidentely left the link to it in the Contents section.

So if you’re wondering, the Radio Free Queen City Advisory Board article is not actually in this newsletter, but it will be in there next month. Think of the listing in the Table of Contents as a teaser of what’s to come.

For those not signed up for our mailing list, the Queen City Voice is posted below:

Dear Katie,

Welcome to the Queen City Voice, Radio Free Queen City’s monthly newsletter.

WVQC is almost on the air. Eight years after we filed our license application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and one year after we received our permit to begin constructing the station, I’m happy to finally announce that WVQC, Cincinnati’s first low power radio station, is less than 4 months away from our launch date of August 1, 2009.

With our launch date just around the bend, things are moving quickly here at WVQC. Last month we kicked off our Free the Airwaves fundraising campaign and membership drive. We need your generous support to bring local, independent radio to the air.

There’s even more news to report. WVQC has added interactive new features, such as a discussion forum, on our website, so you can join the conversation about what you’d like to hear on WVQC.

The press has gotten excited about WVQC too. In the last few weeks, we’ve been featured on Channel 19 News, in the Enquirer, Soapbox Media, Business Courier and local blogs UrbanCincy and Tri-State Media Watch. Read on below for more details.

Help Free the Airwaves

Radio Free Queen City needs your support. In March, WVQC officially kicked off our Free the Airwaves campaign to raise $127,000 by August 1. We need your support to bring local, independent, quality radio to Cincinnati.

The money will help WVQC get on the air and keep it running for the first year. It will allow us to purchase necessary equipment, pay the rent for our studio, set up classes to train volunteer DJs and hire a station manager.

The timing is urgent. Our FCC construction permit requires us to be on the air by August. If we miss our deadline, Cincinnati risks losing its only low power FM radio license.

Don’t miss this opportunity to help bring non-commercial, community radio to Cincinnati. A membership of just $15, $50 or $95.70 will support WVQC and help bring quality, local, independent radio to 95.7 FM.

Your City, Your Radio

How often do you get a say over what you hear on the radio? At Radio Free Queen City, we believe that you, the community, should shape what’s played over your airwaves.

We’re committed to airing shows that reflect the interests of community members like you. Chime in and tell us what’s missing from Cincinnati’s radio dial. Local news? Local bands?

Visit our discussion forum at www.wvqc.org/discuss and tell us what you’d like to hear on independent radio. Your comments will help us put together a strong program schedule that informs, inspires and entertains the city.

Our programs will be hosted by volunteer community members like you. Later this summer, we’ll be accepting applications for shows. If you’re interested in hosting, stay tuned for updates.

WVQC in the Press

Radio Free Queen City has made a splash in the press. Local blog Tri-State Media Watch was the first to report the story. Then, on March 25, we were featured on Channel 19’s evening news.

The next day we in John Kiensewetter’s blog on the Cincinnati.com website and the Cincinnati Business Courier. Next we were mentioned in the Sunday Enquirer on March 29 and in local blog, UrbanCincy a few days later.

On the week of April 6, WVQC staffer Katie Finnigan stepped in as guest blogger on Soapbox, writing three posts about the local, alternative and community aspects of WVQC.

Thanks to the press for jumping on this story and promoting the station.

For more information about WVQC, Radio Free Queen City or to support the station or participate in the discussion forum, visit our website at www.wvqc.org.