A press conference to announce the Rogue Valley community radio’s full power campaign was held on April 28,2010 at noon in the Kids Unlimited building in Medford and many KSKQ volunteers and supporters were there to talk about what it will take to go full power in the fall and why community radio matters. A fund raising kickoff will start May Day with a multi-cultural event to help KSKQ’s goal of going full power.
Vanessa Houk wrote up a great article for The Examiner:
Carson Bench, the programming director for KSKQ LPFM (low power fm) said,”The station will become an ice breaker between different cultural groups in the Rogue Valley.” In describing KSKQ, Bench admitted that KSKQ is largely seen as a progressive station, but he wanted it to be clear that “we have a mission statement, but we do not have an agenda.” He hopes that residents of the Rogue Valley will see that KSKQ will be what the community (and the volunteers who step up from our community) want it to be. In an age when musical access seems to be fueled by Ipods and computers he thinks that “KSKQ will create a radio revival.”
“Community Radio epitomizes the community seeking to he heard not in a commercial fashion, but in a cultural fashion which is key to a strong community,” said Jackson County Commissioner C.W Smith who shared that he has a background in radio which began when he served in the Armed Forces in Vietnam.
Ashland’s mayor, John Stromberg noted that community radio will strengthen the whole community. He listed several reasons why he thought community radio was important. “I love community radio because so often it is the thing that captures attention is the authenticity. You get to hear people say things from the heart and hear true voices of the community.”
Juan Salles spoke of his first impressions of KSKQ LPFM and how he valued the station for reaching out to the Hispanic community. “Radio is a bridge between the cultures,” he said.
On Saturday May 1, 2010 you are invited to celebrate community radio for the Rogue Valley. Visit Kids Unlimited Vibes Main 1 for an exciting evening of live music, delicious food, soft drinks beer and wine. This all ages event will begin at 8 pm and go until 2 am, so you’ll want to have your dancing shoes ready! The lineup includes Salsa Brava, Kandela Show and Banda Nevada and intermingled among the live music you can look forward to performances by Ballet Folklorico, GJC Break Dancers, the Jefferson State Rollers and DJ EH2010.
Tickets are $20 and children 11 and under are admitted free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.