We've talked about the new antenna for at least two years. You've listened, you've donated, you've helped out. Deep down, you may have wondered if that antenna would ever materialize. Well, last week, it did. And our volunteers, Ken Green in particular, didn't hesitate a moment. A couple of days later is was installed.
Good thing, too, since the weather on Table Mountainis only going to get harsher.
To the left you see the tower before and to the right you see the tower after the new mast and the new antenna have been installed. Doesn't it look like a "real" radio station now?
But all isn't done yet. The transmitter has to be properly adjusted and all kinds of engineering work still has to happen before we broadcast to the whole valley. But the key steps have been completed. The rest will follow quickly.
Kids Radio Club, a partnership between KSKQ and Kids Unlimited, offers young people a chance to make real radio. Teaching core values such as teamwork and self-expression are at the heart of the program. Kids get hands on experience with studio equipment. The Radio Club is an after-school program which works with 4th and 5th grade students at Washington Elementary in Medford.
During a one-hour session on Wednesdays, staff and volunteers work with students, introducing them to radio concepts, proper studio etiquette and interview skills. Part of the lesson is to explore media and learn about the powerful influence of media in our lives. The students participated in a scavenger hunt for examples of media within their school. We walk around the school and students count the number and types of media and identify commercial advertising and non-commercial messages. The goal is to build an awareness of the vast number of commercial and non-commercial messages we are bombarded with.
On Fridays the students travel by bus and arrive at KSKQ with more energy than a supernova. There we harness that collective energy into a live radio show.
The first time in the studio is always tough as the kids get over the “mic fright,” but host Carson Bench rolls with it, encouraging the students to be themselves.
Your guide to what's happening on KSKQ this week:
- BeerRadio, Wednesday, December 11 @ 5 pm. BeerRadio tucks in another great show with guest Tammy Tuck, beer writer from the East Coast for show 123.
- Tasty Topics and Tantalizing Tunes, Saturday, December 14 @ 10 am. Listen in for a playful presentation on the origin of Christmas carols with Aletha Nowitzky, who will share her festive findings on the history of popular seasonal songs, both individually and collectively, for your holiday edification!
We are proud to bring you brand new morning programming. Starting at 7 am on August 26, getting up, getting ready for the day and driving to work will be just a little more fun. That's the first day we'll broadcast our new morning show, KSKQ In The Morning.
Every weekday from 7 to 9 am, KSKQ In The Morning brings you live programmers in the studio, fresh new music and information you need to start your day right. We'll bring you the weather forecast, the school lunch menu, traffic info and short features ranging from Bird Note to Pulse of the Planet. It all adds up to a live, local show designed to help you ease into your day.
The new show will preclude Democracy Now! at 8 am. But you can still listen to the award-winning program at noon every weekday. Tune it KSKQ in the Morning at home, in your car or on your mobile device. KSKQ is there for you.