Posted By DJ Garrett on 09/13/2013 at 12:52AM
Hollow Earth Radio – LPFM Coordinator Position
Deadline to Apply: Oct 11
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Hollow Earth Radio(HER) is a freeform online radio station based in Seattle’s Central District neighborhood. It provides a popular, accessible forum for underrepresented music, sound and neighborhood perspectives. As a non-profit enterprise run solely by volunteers, HER supports the local music and arts community in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest region. We build on community participation through extensive volunteer training to empower ordinary folks to operate an online radio station and performance center.
Starting in October of 2013, the FCC is opening a new licensing window which will make available several Low Power FM (LPFM) frequencies for community & nonprofit organizations like HER. Although we have sustained our operation for the past seven years completely on volunteer power, we are now offering a paid LPFM Coordinator position to help us transition to this new phase.
This position will be responsible for community building & outreach surrounding our LPFM transition projects, overseeing LPFM committees, creating a “Neighborhood Newsroom,” and working with radio engineers to help facilitate a studio & broadcast equipment upgrade to meet FCC/LPFM standards. The LPFM coordinator will be HER’s community liaison, advocating for community members and organizations to get involved in the station at this exciting time.
Purpose and Objectives:
HER hopes that by having a hyperlocal community radio station, residents in the surrounding neighborhood will feel empowered to get involved and use our public space and infrastructure to share underrepresented sounds, ideas, and perspectives with their neighbors. With a short-range LPFM radio station we will have the opportunity to reach even more people in our community, including a whole new segment that may have no other reliable way to access our broadcasts or our content otherwise.
The purpose of this position is to upgrade our studio, train volunteers, and inspire as much community and neighborhood involvement with HER as possible to prepare for an LPFM radio station. HER’s mission is that new groups and neighborhood volunteers become valuable parts of the Hollow Earth community - learning how to make radio and creating new programming for the neighborhood.
Oversee existing community partnerships as well as be responsible for bringing new neighborhood and community groups on board to participate in HER programming.
Develop and facilitate two neighborhood workshops. a) Discover what neighbors want to listen to on the radio. b) Discuss opportunities for neighbors making radio programs.
Assist in the development of a “Neighborhood Newsroom” program that trains neighbors and community groups to take part in making radio. Work with technical staff to research, develop, and facilitate an upgrade to our radio studio & broadcasting equipment so that it complies with LPFM & FCC requirements.
Work with technical staff to help foster a simple, easy to understand technical setup and training for volunteers.
Keep weekly office hours to train volunteers to use the upgraded studio, field recording equipment, and the neighborhood newsroom.
Supervise specific volunteers and committees working towards HER’s LPFM goals.
Create, promote, and facilitate specific outreach & orientation events that are intended to educate the community about HER’s mission, the LPFM opportunity, and the resources we have.
Skills & Qualifications:
A college background in media or journalism desired or an equivalent of two or more years experience working/volunteering in radio/media/journalism/community organizing are highly desired.
We are looking for candidates with experience in promotional and community outreach campaigns. Radio and/or audio technical skills a plus but not needed. Willingness to learn these skills from technical staff and share them with volunteers are a must.
Excellent communication skills (in person and online) with experience training people.
Must be self-motivated, able to work independently, and open to receiving support & feedback from the HER board, Director, and LPFM committees via email and weekly or bi-weekly in-person meetings.
Commitment and Compensation: LPFM Coordinator position is a stipend position. The position is 10 Hours A Week for 42 weeks (beginning on or after Oct 14 2013) with a possibility for continuation. $20/hour
HER’s Commitment to Creating a Safe Space: HER strives to be a safer space - a supportive, non-threatening environment that encourages open-mindedness, respect, a willingness to learn from others, as well as physical and mental safety. It is a space that is critical of the power structures that affect our everyday lives, and where power dynamics, backgrounds, and the effects of our behavior on others are prioritized. It’s a space that strives to respect and understand survivors’ specific needs. This is no space for violence, for touching people without their consent, for being intolerant of someone’s religious beliefs or lack thereof, for being creepy, sleazy, racist, ageist, sexist, heterosexist, trans-phobic, able-bodiest, classist, sizist, or for using any other behavior or language that may perpetuate oppression.
Women, people of color, LGBT people, people with disabilities, and people with a connection to The Central District community and neighborhood are encouraged to apply.
Posted By DJ Garrett on 02/15/2013 at 08:40PM
Signal to Noise: Imagined Frequencies of Radiophonic Space
Check out this installation by Amber Cortes happening at Jack Straw! WE APPROVE!!!
"Radio is a forward moving medium that collects, controls, and radiates information. On the FM dial, radio is a highly regulated and monetized space. But on other dials, the all but forgotten AM and shortwave, illegal pirate radio stations, and citizen band frequencies, it is a different animal entirely. Imagine a space where all broadcasts are possible along a "radiophonic continuum," where voices and sounds mingle with spontaneous white noise, existing away from time and place, separate and uncontrolled and triumphant in their ephemeral power. This is the magic of radio. 4 imagined radio stations - incorporating audio from KRAB Radio's archives, pirate radio broadcasts, and other sources - will be transmitted from four different radios, each station a testament to how freeform radio space can be reimagined, re-purposed, and revitalized. Jack Straw resident artist Amber Cortes is a media producer and sound artist living in Seattle. She is currently attending the Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) program at the University of Washington. Some of her radio pieces and work can be found at www.youneverknowradio.com.
January 25 - March 8, 2013 with an artist talk tonight, Friday, February 15, 7pm Jack Straw New Media Gallery 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
Posted By Domenica on 01/09/2013 at 08:25PM
What is Low Power FM? A User's Guide.
According to Wikipedia, "Low Power FM, or LPFM is a form of FM Broadcasting that uses a low amount of energy to broadcast a signal that does not travel very far. FM, or frequency modulation radio is often transmitted on a higher frequency than AM radio. Because of the low power usage and short range, LPFM is often seen as a niche radio station that plays things that relate more to the small surrounding community."
Low Power FM radio stations are generally community radio stations, and dispense information relevant to the surrounding geographical area that you wouldn't hear on High Power FM Stations. LPFM stations do the following, according to Freepress.net:
- It strengthens community identity.
- It creates an outlet for amateur musicians to get their music heard.
- It creates diversity on the air because women and racial minorities are represented.
- It creates an opportunity for young people, especially college students, who are interested in radio to learn about the business.
- It provides farmers with up to date agricultural information.
Want to learn more about the potential for a LPFM community station in Seattle or your community?
There will be an information session on how to apply for a LPFM license in Seattle on Thursday, January 24th at the Langston Hughes Cultural Center at 1 p.m. To RSVP: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/302076
Posted By Domenica on 05/25/2011 at 05:08AM
Hello, this is Agnes Fidget, host of The Inland Buoy and I am searching out for a particularly odd sort of audio for a special episode of The Inland Buoy on Radio Dial Scans. A Radio Dial Scan is an (often) historical recording of snippets from terrestrial radio. I became interested in collecting these primarily because of a cassette recording I made in 1995 of brief excerpts from various radio stations in South Florida. The tape jumps wildly between stations, be it news radio to the hip-hop jamz station to soft rock. It is part collage, part documentary, which was mostly my intent at the time, besides wanting to record my favorite ‘alternative rock’ hits. Also, I love radio and its foundation on the notion of the fleeting. All delightful things are, after all. The aim of my project is to capture the essence of radio and its fleeting nature.
Radio, especially in its pre-internet days, was an ephemeral medium. It remains only somewhat ephemeral, now that most radio stations archive their broadcasts or have digitized their collections. Even if radio today is mostly less-than-ephemeral, it still maintains a certain melancholy romanticism because of the nature of the medium. I am interested in collecting Radio Dial Scans to present moments of the past that have been lost, moments that were really never meant to be captured in the first place.
A good example of a dial scan would be found in the following post from WFMU’s Beware of the Blog, which contains a Dial Scan from the night John Lennon died from various New York radio stations:
Please send audio submissions of radio broadcasts fifteen years or older in mp3 format to pulleyandsnowtoe (atatat) gmail.com. The more obscure and the more mysterious the better.