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Radio Free Minturn hosts on-air fund drive through Monday

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyRadio Free Minturn strives to offer a learning environment for fledgling broadcasters, journalism students and music enthusiasts. To date, four volunteer DJs have been hired by corporate radio stations.
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MINTURN ” After nearly a decade of working toward developing a voice for the Vail Valley organizers of KLNX-LP, Radio Free Minturn is now asking the community to support the station during its on-air fund drive today through Monday.

Listeners are encouraged to pledge their support by calling the station during live broadcasts or charge their donation online at http://www.minturnradio.org.

A group of local journalist and community advocates formed Radio Free Minturn to take advantage of a low-powered radio service authorized by the Federal Communication Commission in 2000. The Station is non-commercial with a mission to serve the Eagle Valley community by providing radio programming that reflects the musical and cultural interests of the region, while offering a learning environment for fledgling broadcasters, students of journalism and music enthusiasts.

To date, four volunteer DJs have been hired by corporate radio stations and KLNX-LP has hosted three in-school radio broadcasting programs.

“I truly believe the Station has quantifiable results in less than two years of broadcasting,” Board President Paul McCarthy said.

Board member Liz Campbell added, “When I was handed the radio station building permit in 2004, I really didn’t know what community radio was all about. Through research of other stations in Telluride, Aspen and other mountain towns, I realized this license had some value and would present an incredible opportunity and cultural outlet for our area.”

Long term viability of the project is contingent on listener support. Anywhere from 50 to 60 percent of community radio stations’ budgets are supported by its listeners. The station’s 2007 operating budget was less than $22,000.

“It is important that we build a station that listeners are willing to support,” Campbell said. “We enjoy providing an eclectic mix of music and a media outlet for under-represented groups. Now we need to hear from the community if they think what we are doing is worth supporting. Our goal for the fund drive is $12,000.”

Individuals who donate $50 or more will receive a limited edition T-shirt. Anyone who makes a donation will receive a bumper sticker and tax receipt. All donations are tax deductible.

Radio Free Minturn is a nonprofit organization. It is owned and will be operated by the public. “RFM is about access to the airwaves for the local community. A small contribution to the Station will send a big message to the Board of Directors and make a significant difference,” McCarthy said.


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