Subject: Please keep your community radio alive
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 09:56:01 -0500
We've realized the first stage of our dream! After struggling for months with some complicated issues with our antenna and signal, WBCR-LP, 97.7 FM is broadcasting recorded music and some locally produced programs at full power. We are pleased and surprised by the quality and range of the signal, and know we are reaching from the Connecticut border all the way up to parts of Lee, West Stockbridge, the Egremonts, Housatonic, and parts of Otis, Monterey, New Marlborough, Mill River, Alford, and Stockbridge.
Our technical team has given many unpaid hours to dealing with the problems that took our signal off the air several times in the last six weeks. And while we may well encounter additional problems, we are getting much better at fixing them. Others - too many to name here - have also donated hundreds of hours building our studios, installing and testing the new equipment, developing guidelines for programming, and gathering programs.
We have used your money wisely in finding and renting a studio in downtown Great Barrington, buying the equipment necessary to produce programming and get it on the air. We will post a complete income/expense accounting on the website so you can see exactly what your money has bought. But now we need your financial support to get us over another hump.
We need $5,000 by April 15 to pay current obligations: one large outstanding debt - $2300 for a state of the art security system so that everything we've done so far is protected – and $2700 for the next six weeks’ operating expenses, engineering costs, and some additional equipment for the studio. So we're asking each of you to go to our website <http://www.berkshireradio.org/> and donate $50 right from the front page. If each one of us does this, we will pay our debts and get on with the critical task of providing 100 watts of dynamic radio 24 hours a day to the community.
Many thanks in advance,
Penny Powell Hardcastle
(The BCRA Fund-raising Committee)
WBCR-LP 97.7 FM Great Barrington
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Berkshire Community Radio Alliance
P.O. Box 152 :: Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 644-9797 :: http://www.berkshireradio.org
(Blog Editor's Note: The above email was received today in the editor's mailbox.)