LETTER: Be the radio you want to hear

By Contributor
June 26th, 2013

Dear editor,

I am writing on behalf of Rossland Radio Co-operative. The co-operative
is dire need of volunteers and programmers. Currently, we are a “bare bones” group now due to lack of new shows and volunteers.

Some may have read earlier on the plight of the group on where they are located. As a member for going on seven years, I would like to see this non-profit to continue on as a vital part of our fine community.

When I started back in 2006, it was a single room establishment that was only on the internet with about ten shows or so. After a while, it picked up
some steam and more programmers joined. Then after a while, the co-operative moved from where it was located to a new place for a few years and some new faces joined up and slowly the shows from the first place dwindled.

After about a year at the new studio, the co-operative moved to the current place and now only a few shows, including mine are left. The board is pondering on moving, but nothing has materialized yet.

Since about Feburary, the group has been fundraising slowly by having
DJing events at the Aerie and currently at the Town Square with a barbecue. Down the line, we’re gonna have a table at the farmer’s market to sell merchandise, an upcoming bottle drive at the radio station on July 7th, which you can bring your empties to the station (located at 1807 Columbia Avenue).

For becoming a member of this fine group of eclectic taste of music,
just drop by the radio station during a station meeting, at 1807 Columbia
Avenue, Mondays starting at 7p or so, and hear what’s happening internally and if you want to do a show, the more the merrier. The cooperative are looking for people to do shows in the mornings and afternoons to get the city tuning in and enjoying the alternative station that is literally located in their backyard when they are gardening or having a barbecue with friends.

There are different tastes of music and bands in this community and
Rossland Radio would like to expose that the other stations wouldn’t do. On my show, I play mainstream bands, like Van Halen, whose works won’t be played on the big name stations or cover songs that you never hear on the radio like a Japanese punk version of ABBA’s Dancing Queen.

Rossland Radio has a duo that plays stuff only on records and another host that plays nothing but funk.

So, on behalf of Rossland Radio Cooperative, the board and the members; come and join this non-profit group, make new friends and have your music/voice heard on the radio.

Sean Bateman
RRC programmer

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