KBCZ first fundraising event was a huge success, more then 200 attended the Dance Party in March and they raised $4500 to help build the Radio stations infrastructure. They are still waiting for the FM license to be assigned to them by the FCC.
Their tech support guru Logan was able to configure the Internet stream and it soon will be live. They are now in the process of cataloging local music, interviews, and radio dramas for broadcast. This is going to be a large job because most local music is not in the Gracenote database, so all of this information is going to have to be labeled. Liner notes about local artist and other relevant information also needs to be added. They are currently in the process of getting a programming group together who can help with these tasks, so if you want to help contact KBCZ.
They also need more local music, so if you know musicians in the SLV or even Santa Cruz county who have good quality recordings, please ask them to deliver uncompressed CDs (no mp3s unless they are very high quality, ie 320kbps) to the station. They can drop them in the mail slot at the Santa Cruz Mountain Bulletin where they share space. They are also looking for other types of programming like radio plays, comedies, educational programs, and so on. It would be helpful if the artist could note any explicit tracks and include any liner note info they would like to share (ie. Boulder Creek harmonica player George Galt also plays with legendary guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson).
If your interests are in other areas like operations, fundraising, outreach, and so on they need volunteers in those areas as well. Other tasks include putting together the station guidelines, contacting people, putting together the community calendar for broadcast, etc. They also want to connect with the local schools.
The plan is to start pre-programming the automated software with content for broadcast on the Internet starting now and then, start adding live DJ’s, talk shows, etc. The radio station is primarily an educational format as designated by the FCC.
Another focus is to stream traffic and weather via an RSS feed so it is available on mobile devices. The plan is to have people text or call them from the road and let them know where trees are down, roads are closed, and so on. This will also stream on their website. Eventually, they will want someone to do live updates over the FM broadcast. This could be the DJ or someone else.
Progress is also being made on the production studio which will be in the back of Barry Tanner’s BC Music Works studio (the old post office behind The Odd Fellows Building). If you have interest in doing any kind of show, Sam Peacock will be getting together with people in the production studio to do an air-check (a short demo), again contact KBCZ.
Boulder Creek Community Radio
13090 Central Avenue, Suite 3
Boulder Creek, CA 95006
Tim Welch, Director
August 12, 2013 Boulder Creek, CA. -Efforts to get the Boulder Creek radio station on the air by the August 11th deadline have succeeded. The non-profit organization, Common Frequency, was tasked with installing the antenna at a site on Bear Creek Road and hooking up a computer to broadcast a continuous loop of content until the local radio outfit Boulder Creek Community Radio(BCCR) can begin broadcasting its own original content. The station, KBCZ at 90.1 FM has been silent for over a year and if it didn’t go live by the August 11 deadline it would have gone dark, without a license for the foreseeable future. The sale of the station still has some hurdles to overcome and will not be fully purchased until sometime in January 2014. Interim Director Tim Welch said, “We are thrilled to hear the station is broadcasting and to know the FCC broadcasting license did not expire. We are optimistic that we will now be able to purchase the license and move forward with setting up the infrastructure for what will be Boulder Creek Community Radio, a non-commercial, educational (NCE) station that will serve to further unite this great community.”
July 31, 2013-Boulder Creek, CA.– The Boulder Creek Recreation and Parks District voted unanimously to move forward in negotiations with the non-profit organization Common Frequency, who currently owns the FCC license for the radio station KBCZ 90.1 FM for an amount not to exceed $12,000.
Because of strong interest from the local community, the board felt that supporting the radio station’s inception, did fall under their vision statement of “helping to enrich and fulfill the lives of the citizens through the provision of facilities and programs.”
Local community members brought their ideas, and their passions, to Tuesday night’s meeting. The community’s goals and focus will be to bring the valley together through education, information, community events, and the arts and to be financially sustainable through donations and local business sponsorships. The station could also help to promote the local economy and in the future be streaming live on the internet. Interim Director of the project, Tim Welch said, “The members of the Boulder Creek community who came to the board meeting and sent their emails of support have made it very clear that they would love to have a community radio station to further unite this great community. We are so thankful that the board is supporting this effort and we look forward to making this project a reality.” Continue reading
The Board of Directors of the Boulder Creek Rec and Park District will be meeting tonight at 7pm.
The possibility of a community radio station serving Boulder Creek and the surrounding areas is a topic that will be discussed. Many town residents have been working together to make this a reality and it’s looking like it could happen.
If you’re in support please come out tonight and let your voice be heard! The meeting will be at the Recreation Hall Annex (The Rec Center) at 13333 Middleton Avenue, Boulder Creek. Click HERE for more info….
Boulder Creek Community Radio Station Begins To Take Shape
May 15, 2013, Boulder Creek, CA- San Lorenzo Valley community members began to discuss plans to obtain an FCC license that became available for a community radio station at 90.1 FM. Community members have had several meetings and are excited to purchase a transmitter, determine a transmission site, obtain a broadcast studio and begin broadcasting. Ongoing funds would be sought by obtaining local underwriters and pledge drives. The radio signal would transmit to a large part of the San Lorenzo Valley. Members feel this would be a valuable service for local schools to publicize their fundraising events, for public safety information, road closure and weather information as well as to publicize local events put on by the Boulder Creek Recreation Center and other community non-profits.