Plans for a listener-supported, free-form broadcast radio outlet featuring progressive content produced in the Washington, D.C. region were put on display in Shaw/Mid-City during Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday before a group of local investors, media & music pros, and community activists. react radio's William Tucker, Jr. and Kymone Freeman outlined the network's business plan, including its mission, marketing strategy, and capital requirements, then followed with a Q&A session and open call for programmers/radio hosts.
So much positive energy flowed from those in attendance that the event lasted well beyond its scheduled 3 hours. Two items that generated the biggest reaction were a soundstage/studio/public venue based in Anacostia, and a possible offering of shares in the venture directly to the public. The soundstage idea merges a 'black box' performance space with an on-air studio as inspired by CBS Television City in Hollywood and, in an ironic twist, Radio One's old WOL 1450 AM studio at 4th and H Streets in Northeast D.C. Opening react's studios to the public is seen as key to fulfilling a broadcaster's obligation to their community; a value abandoned long ago by many radio station owners and networks.
As the meetup drew to a close, the venture made significant progress toward its campaign's first stage goal of $50,000 before Spring 2011. Efforts are now focused on setting up the temporary remote studio in anticipation of starting broadcasts on WPWC 1480 AM in the next few weeks.
Radio Station Visit #142 – College Radio Station WIIT at Illinois Institute of Technology - [image: View from outside WIIT studio. Photo: J. Waits]With so many college radio stations in the Chicago area, it can be tough to decide which to visit ...