Will you help me build a $5,000.00 home studio? Human-crafted radio brings people together and builds community.
What is the future of radio? Will I be able to continue to be a part of it?
I never thought about being a radio personality. My life took me other places: acting, make-up artistry, motherhood, and eventually nursing school. But when a beloved radio station went off the air and got moved online I was sad and irritated. Little interesting music left on the FM dial. The fun spontaneous DJs and free form playlists I had grown up with were disappearing.
Then I began listening to one of WBCN's founders, Sam Kopper, do his show online and I was hooked. He's been in every corner of broadcasting for decades and his show not only embodied everything that I missed about radio, but it inspired me to get involved. The cause of preserving the human element in broadcasting is something that I find so important!
Great radio is all about community, people drawn together around inspired air personalities, their ideas, their emotions, and music. What we as consumers have now is spoon-fed "safe" playlists and disc jockeys that must adhere to scripts and the advice (directives) of "consultants." What happens when people disconnect from each other and only allow robot playlists to entertain them? I don't know but I am not interested in that version of radio. So:
My husband and I were part of a small group that rallied around Sam to help build the live broadcast/music mixing mobile unit he calls the "Gypsy Dancer," which he decided to build to aid the WBCN Free Form Rock project. The next thing I knew, and utterly surprising to me, Sam told me that he thought I have the "innate talent to be a great air personality". Long story short "“ he got me added to the small team CBS has gathered to keep a WBCN presence on the Internet and HD Radio in Boston. So, for the last two years, I've been driving 150 miles round trip once or twice a week to do a live radio show out of Sam's home-based studios (the mobile unit and his basement).
I'm being mentored by Sam; and I'm on WBCN Free Form Rock. This is an opportunity that only comes once in a lifetime. BUT, there's a catch and here's the "rub:" between having just had a beautiful baby daughter (my third child), Sam needing to move from his current home (to a distance way too far for me), and my needing to help support my family via my registered nurse on-going training and work, I just cannot continue to make the weekly trip.
The only way for me to continue being a part of this new frontier of Internet radio is to build a home studio. If you could help me I would be so appreciative and grateful!