01/05/17

Eugene PeaceWorks/KEPW Homegrown Community Radio

Rex Supports Community Radio in Eugene

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We’re happy to share this update from recent grantee KEPW Community Radio:

KEPW staff

KEPW staff.

Hello Cameron,

On behalf of Eugene PeaceWorks, the proud sponsor of KEPW Community Radio, thank you for the generous donation of $3500 last June.

First of all, the donation provided a huge boost in the morale and confidence of our board and KEPW project volunteers in feeling that we can succeed with this community radio campaign. It inspired more fundraising and helped get our programming up and running so that we are now streaming on the internet! KEPW’s mission is to shine the light on swept-under-the-rug issues and bring diverse voices to the air through unique programming, featuring guest hosts who are experts on important issues, such as homelessness, immigration, climate change and more. We also support our vibrant arts community by showcasing music talent and spoken word. In addition, we are very proud to broadcast Democracy Now and soon, Alternative Radio. Listen now to our internet streaming of such programming and the excellent interviews of local non-profits produced by host Sam Evans at kepw.org 

future KEPW antenna tower

Future KEPW antenna tower.

Also we’re happy to announce our engineering committee after two years of hard work has located a suitable 400 foot tower for our antenna that is the ideal height and location to satisfy the FCC requirements, is affordable at $400 a month, and will allow our signal to reach Eugene and Springfield. They have also lined up the necessary professional engineers to install the antenna and transmitter in January. Our FCC construction permit is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a broadcast license that requires KEPW to be broadcasting at 97.3 FM by mid-February. If all goes well with our on-going and end-of-year fundraising to meet higher than expected costs, we can do it.

With gratitude,

David Zupan, President

Eugene PeaceWorks Board