Composer and performance artist Aletha Nowitzky (alias Ma Cappella) has been caught red-handed in a giggle of intriguing venues, not to mention costumes. Her motto, "Be what you want to see!" has goaded Aletha into past shifts of shape such as a mermaid in a fountain, a fairy on a tree stump, an angel in a living nativity, and an animal rejoicing on Saint Francis' Day in the "Church of Harmania", each spouting a strange and wacky wisdom that is unique to their collective creator.
Aletha's latest imaginarrative happens right here at KSKQ with her show, "Tasty Topics and Tantalizing Tunes." This fine show airs every Saturday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. and focuses on health and well being and other fun stuff! It's a collage of uplifting music, light-hearted discussion, poetry, raw food recipes, InnerViews, and other thought-provoking, entertaining inspiration! Aletha invites one and all to become her Dear Listeners, and join her on a heaventriloquest through Saturday morning, as she beams loving sound to everyone on the planet!
"This Way Out" is the award-winning internationally distributed weekly LGBT radio program, currently airing on over 175 local community radio stations around the world. The half-hour "magazine"-style program is produced in Los Angeles and distributed to stations via websites, satellite and even post-mailed CDs.
Despite the limitations of a "tattered shoestring budget", "This Way Out" programming has been honored with multiple awards from the U.S. National Federation Of Community Broadcasters and the Radio and Television News Association, by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Parents, Families and Friends Of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG), the Los Angeles chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), and internationally by Tupilak (the organization of lesbian and gay cultural workers in the Nordic area).
"This Way Out" leads off each week with NewsWrap, a summary of some of the major news events in or affecting sexual minority communities, compiled from a variety of media outlets around the world. If you see a local news story that you think deserves coverage, please copy/paste the text into the body of an email message, including the name of the media source and the date, and send it to us! Thanks!
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It is with great sadness that KSKQ announces the passing of Michael McGuire, the broadcast engineer who shepherded KSKQ all the way from its beginnings in 2004 to where we are today, broadcasting at 560 watts to the whole Rogue Valley. Michael was a member of the original team that dreamed of having a low power community radio station in Ashland.
After the station received its low power construction permit from the FCC in 2004, Michael helped everyone keep their eyes on the price. The fledgling station faced many obstacles--finding a proper antenna location, finding a studio space, finding the money to make it all happen. In 2007, just days away from loosing its construction permit, when many on the organizing committee were ready to let the permit lapse, Michael pushed forward. He spearheaded the effort to install the antenna and transmitter at Joe's place on the old Highway 99. And so KSKQ went on the air.
In the years since, Michael was the indispensable technical resource, the man who knew broadcasting technology inside out and who single-handedly kept us on the air. The transition to the full power license, the installation of the transmitter on Table Mountain, the planning for the full power antenna, all of it wouldn't have happened without Michael. The photos below show his wonderful spirit. From left to right: Michael installing the low power transmitter - broadcasting for the first time - Michael during the full power test broadcast on Table Mountain - the plaque honoring Michael
We mourn his passing and remain deeply grateful for his contributions.
Here is a short video of Michael McGuire supervising the installation of the new transmitter.