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?

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.