WHAT IS Community Radio?
Community radio is when local people produce and broadcast their own programs and participate in operating the station. It is community space for people to meet and collaborate. It’s fun, engaging and empowering. Participants find it extraordinarily satisfying, not just to make radio in this unique fashion, but to also help transform community life. It’s the town square of the digital age.
Community radio gives citizens an opportunity to fill the voids left by the consolidation of radio station ownership among a handful of big media corporations. Some types of programming are simply not profitable, yet the people of a community still value them, and without community radio are left simply to yearn for them and mourn their loss.
Community Radio Stations are owned, and driven by the communities they serve. No one can make money from Community Radio. In a community radio station, young and old, with all abilities, backgrounds, and interests, can come together to make a difference to their community. The communities they serve, and the groups and individuals within those communities, gain a voice with which to be heard. They gain diversity in the programming available, and they gain a forum for sharing experience, discovering fresh perspectives, and supporting community activity.
WHAT RADIO IS MEANT TO BE
Esmond Station Community Radio is an initiative to create a low power FM community radio station in the community of Vail, AZ. We are currently seeking an FM license during the next avalibale LPFM window, expected in 2023. Our goal is to become community supported, and not dependent upon advertising.
Our vision is to provide a platform in our community for the free exchange of artistic expression, information, and differing points of view, and to encourage cooperation and collaboration among our local government entities, schools, service groups, other non-profits, and especially population segments whose voices are often not heard, such as veterans, the elderly, elementary, middle, and high school students, and indigenous people, to strengthen our sense of community and work toward a better future for all residents of South East Tucson, Rita Ranch, Vail and Corona de Tucson.
Our programming is diverse, with a common theme of community action, education, and involvement:
We provide a forum for local government officials and community leaders to dialog with the public through interviews, round-table discussions, and live call-in programs. We showcase local arts, music, literary, and drama through the broadcast of locally-produced music, radio drama, poetry and prose readings, and interviews with musicians, artists, and authors. We encourage students and other community members to participate in program production and station operation, allowing them to gain valuable verbal, organizational, and technical skills that can be used in other aspects of life.
We broadcast a full 24/7 program schedule on Esmondstation.com, and we podcast a selection of locally-produced programming through our web site and through iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and TuneIn Radio.
We depend of contributions from our community for financial support. We invite you to join us as a listener, volunteer, and supporter.
We are hoping to be granted a construction permit by the FCC in the future allowing us to proceed with the construction of a low power FM community radio station beyond our webcast.