Friday, October 07, 2005


RADIO: UCal-Davis hosts low-power FM conference

SOURCE: California Aggie student newspaper at UCal-Davis:

Low Power FM Radio Roundup conference to be held on campus this weekend
Event to educate community about radio management

By MICHAEL STEINWAND / Aggie News Writer
Posted 10/06/2005

UC Davis will be the site of the first annual Low Power FM Radio Roundup
this weekend, attracting radio enthusiasts from both local and out-of-state
stations and organizations.

The two-day event will provide a forum for students and community members
to learn about the setup and management of low-power FM radio stations.

ÿÿWe felt it was time to get as many low-power radio stations together as
possible,ÿÿ said Jeff Shaw, director of KDRT, the radio station hosting the
event. ÿÿWe decided to step up to the plate and take the lead.ÿÿ

Low-power stations are localized, Shaw said, and can serve the needs of
communities better than mainstream radio stations, which deal in mass

Among the speakers attending the event, which features those involved in
national and international associations of community broadcasters, is
keynote speaker Hannah Sassaman of the Prometheus Radio Projectÿÿ an
organization dedicated to the support of non-commercial radio stations.

In her workshop to be held Saturday, Sassaman will discuss low-power FM
advocacy and general media reform, Shaw said.

The workshops will focus on training participants to be proficient in
three primary areas required for the successful operation of a media
facility: management, technical and programming skills.

Besides the learning of these abilities, the conference is a social

ÿÿWorkshops aside, the main point of the conference is to make friends,ÿÿ
said Sakura Saunders, a member of the board of directors at Prometheus Radio
Project and former KDVS program director. ÿÿWe can learn from each other.ÿÿ

Most participants in the event come from California, Nevada and Oregon,
and about 80 are expected to attend, according to Shaw.

Those interested in attending the conference can register at Olson Hall
from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdayÿÿs portion, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will cost
$35. The Sunday conference, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will cost $10.

ÿÿThereÿÿs such a great need for this conference to happen,ÿÿ Saunders said.
ÿÿNew radio stations want to meet each other and share skills.ÿÿ

MICHAEL STEINWAND can be reached at
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