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|Fri, June 26, 2015 at 4:09 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
$100,000 for 100,000 Watts of Community Power!
WRFG 89.3 FM is not your ordinary radio station. We are independent, non-commercial, working-class radio for the 99%. Based in Atlanta, Georgia (but streaming worldwide at www.wrfg.org and available on the WRFG and TuneIn apps for smartphones), our mission is to provide a platform for people and ideas that lack free and open access to the broadcast media, including those who suffer oppression and exploitation based on class, sex, race, age, creed, sexual orientation or immigrant status.
WRFG has always relied for funding on our dedicated listeners, either through our on-air pledge drives or the various events we host each year. But, like so many of the workers and families who depend on us for news and information relevant to their lives, we, too, have been hit hard by today's economy. We need your help.
For 42 years, WRFG 89.3 FM has been untouched by the hand of commercial greed, leaving us free to broadcast progressive news, information and handpicked quality music. Unlike most non-commercial radio stations, we are not owned by a college, church, or library. Instead, we are a non-profit governed by a diverse volunteer board of directors who reflect the communities we serve. There are only two paid staffers, and all of our programs are produced and hosted by volunteers.
For more than 30 years, WRFG was fortunate to have free space on a broadcast tower for our antenna. That changed in 2009 when we were required to move by the Federal Communications Commission and had to begin paying for a tower location. Our annual expenses immediately increased by $70,000, and the rent has been going up every year since.
That's why we're coming to you. It's been a struggle to keep up with this additional expense, and, as a result, we've accumulated some debt. We want to raise $100,000 to retire our debt and get ahead on the rent. This will help to stabilize the station's operations so that we can focus on what's really important: enhancing our on-air programming to better serve the needs of the community.
Today's political environment favors large, conglomerate media owners over small, independent radio stations. WRFG 89.3 FM is one of the last unbought/unbossed stations in the country. For that reason, our survival and growth are more important now than ever - and not just for Atlanta. Free, independent radio is the lifeline for everyday people everywhere. Please, help keep independent media alive. Donate to WRFG 89.3 FM today!
|Tue, February 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
SUPPORT OUR FEBRUARY "FOR THE LOVE OF WRFG" FUND DRIVE
DONATE ON-LINE WWW.WRFG.ORG OR WALK OR MAIL IN DONATIONS TO 1083 AUSTIN AVE N.E. ATLANTA GA. 30307
The 17th Annual Homelessness Marathon (AHM) will originate from Sarasota Florida, starting at 7 pm., ET, on Tuesday, February 17th and ending 14 hours later at 9 a.m., ET, on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 18th. The Homelessness Marathon is the only national broadcast to focus on homelessness.Â For 14 hours, this almost entirely live broadcast will discuss a raft of topics pertaining to homelessness, including the ways in which poverty is now being criminalized around the United States and alternatives to current homeless policy. A not-yet-final copy of the broadcast schedule is attached below.
Above all, the Homelessness Marathon will speak directly with homeless people in Sarasota, around the state of Florida and around the country. The broadcast will be distributed free to affiliates via the Public Radio Satellite System, the Pacifica satellite band and over the internet via the Pacifica Audioport.Â It will be carried, all or in part, by approximately 90 non-commercial radio stations around the country.Â The entire 14-hours will also be carried on Free Speech Television's web portal, and four hours will be carried on its DirecTV and Dish Network satellite channels.
Community Radio WRFG Atlanta will air the AHM in its entirety beginning on Tuesday, 7pm February 17th through Wednesday February 18th 9am. Tune in live 89.3 FM and http://www.wrfg.org.
17th ANNUAL HOMELESSNESS MARATHON -- BROADCAST SCHEDULE
The Homelessness Marathon is primarily composed of short, pre-recorded reports and longer live discussions.
Welcome and a talk with a Sarasota homeless family. Guests to also include Ellen McLaughlin with Sarasota's Schoolhouse Link program for homeless students and Philip Gorelick of Jewish Family and Children's Services.
TBA - Sarasota report
A delegation of homeless people from St. Petersburg, accompanied by homeless advocate Rev. Bruce Wright
A Look at L.A.'s Skid Row
A Delegation of homeless advocates and homeless people from Miami. Guest host: Chip Edgar, public affairs producer with WMPG, Portland, ME.
Taking Shelter in a Hospital
"Please Listen To Us:" Homeless Sarasotans talk to local government. Participants to include, Wayne Applebee, Sarasota County's Director of Homeless Services; Sarasota County Commissioner Caroline Mason; Sarasota City Commissioner Stan Zimmerman; Bill Spitler, director of research and planning, Sarasota County Sheriff's Department. Guest host: John Davis, host of "Morning Edition" on WGCU in Ft. Myers, FL.
Sleeping on the Bus - Legally
"Why Can't We Just Get Along? - Business owners and homelessness." Participants to include, Bill Cornelius; co-owner Blue Rooster restaurant, entrepreneur Harvey Vengroff, Chef Darwin Santa Maria of Darwin's on 4th, and Ron Soto, President Downtown Merchants Association.
TBA - Sarasota report
"Reporting on Homelessness:Â Does the Media Get It Right?" Guests to include Tony D'Souza, reporter for Sarasota Magazine and Jon Susce, publisher of the Sarasota Phoenix.Â Guest host: Joe Hendricks, host of "Local Matters" on WSLR, Sarasota.
TBAÂ Guest Host: Tony D'Souza
Tiny Houses for Homeless People
"Do Homeless People Have a Right To Create Their Own Shelters?" Guests: Vallerie Guillory of Trinity Without Borders, Ibrahim Mubarek of Right To Dream 2; and Cheri Honkala, director of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Coalition
Showering on the Bus???
TBA - Guest Host Steve McAllister, host of "Renaissance SRQ" on WSLR
Subsidized Housing in L.A.
"What We Learned" - Students from Sarasota's New College report on their exploration of homelessness. Guest host: Shane Donglasan of SRQ Magazine.
TBA - Sarasota report
International Hour - Guests to include Dr. Indu Prakash Singh and Mr. Bipin Rai of ActionAid in New Delhi, India.
Working But Sleeping Outside
"Who Shows Up for a Free Breakfast and a Chat with Friends? " A panel of homeless Sarasotans who are regulars at Resurrection House, a day center for homeless people, plus a shout-out from an organizer with the Immokolee Workers Coalition.
Occupying A Foreclosed House
"What's Up With Florida?" Guests to include Kirsten Clanton of Southern Legal Counsel and Thomas Rebman, "the Homeless Teacher," who is spending a year experiencing homelessness.
Open Mic Hour
|Sun, December 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Since 1973, WRFG has been your station for progressive information. We aired special programming around the execution of Troy Davis and the ten-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan-We were at the forefront of the FCC de-regulation hearings and hosted a town hall forum here in Atlanta. And everyday you can tune in to 89.3 FM for news and knowledgeable perspectives on health and nutrition, the environment, peace and justice, gender issues, and the economy and the workplace.
WRFG is also your station for a wonderfully diverse selection of hand-picked music. The best of Blues, Jazz, African, R&B, Americana, Caribbean, Celtic, Zydeco, Indian, Hip Hop, Latin - all chosen by program hosts who understand the musical tastes and needs of their listeners. No canned music here!
Just as important, WRFG offers ideas on what each of us can do to create positive changes in our neighborhood, in our country, and in the world. That's because WRFG doesn't operate in a vacuum. We're an integral part of the community. In fact, just about all of our financial support comes from fellow community members like you - not from government or corporations.
So unlike commercial radio stations that make their listeners endure hour after hour after hour of loud, obnoxious ads, WRFG offers pure listening pleasure. That's one reason why 40 years after we first began broadcasting, WRFG is still Atlanta's premier independent radio station.
Support independent & non-commercial Media-Please help us continue being your first choice for information and music by making your tax-deductible donation today.
You also can pledge online at http://wrfg.org/donate.asp or mail or bring your donation to WRFG at 1083 Austin Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.
Thank you for your support. You truly are the reason we exist