I grew up in radio and got to work at a number of radio stations in the west. When I started in radio, you could bring your own records into the station and play them on the air. In San Luis Obispo, California, I met the live news feed from CBS on the hour with Eric Sevareid and Walter Cronkite. I did the night shift at a country music station in Bakersfield when Buck Owens walked in unannounced, introduced himself and handed me a 45 RPM to put on while he went out to his car to listen to it on the radio. Buck owned the station and his new television show Hee Haw was a big hit. He and his band, the Buckaroos had just made the record and he wanted to hear it broadcast before telling the studio to release it. I was on the radio when we first touched down on the moon July 16th, 1969. I got to read the teletype over the airways as we landed. I went home and watched it on my little 12” black and white TV.
But most poignant of all, in my travels I have gotten to hear and participate in some of the finest radio ever aired, community radio, the voice of the people, not beholden to commercial interests. The last honest place where the airwaves are still free. Right now, your local community radio station is threatened and Curry Coast Community Radio could go off the air unless they find a new tower to broadcast from. KCIW provides a community platform for the free exchange of artistic expression, information, and differing points of view. A one-year memorandum of understanding between KCIW and the city of Brookings allowed the station to rent space on the city tower at $100 per month, previously for free, but the Brookings City Council decided to not renew the agreement, it’s thought because the council feared they would appear biased by supporting a left leaning station. Don’t let politics take your community radio station. Without the city tower, they need to raise $30,000-35,000 to erect a new tower and attach their broadcast antenna to it. They are short of their goal. Let the council know that this matters to you.