Oct 15, 2012 8:21 PM by Maddie Garrett
Do you have a story to tell, a non-profit to promote or music to share? There might be a place to broadcast yourself, through AOC Community Media's new internet radio station. It's called Cypress Street Radio and will soon be available to listeners for free on AOC's website through SHOUTcast.
"We had a lot of people who said they'd like to have a place at the conversational table but they were afraid to be on TV. And I get that, not everyone wants to be on TV and now they can get their voice heard," said AOC Executive Director Ed Bowie.
Bowie said internet radio was a natural extension of AOC, giving the community a voice in all types of media, not just public access television.
"If you've got something to share and you're interested in doing it with a radio format, that's who we're looking for," said Bowie. "Non-profits and people with an activist attitude, government agencies, things that already exist that already have information to share and are looking for another way to share that information, that's what we're looking for."
Programming on Cypress Street Radio can be anything from talk shows to music and public announcements. There's just one requirement: It's got to be local.
"You'll be in Lafayette, talking about Lafayette, and hopefully playing music that's relevant to people listening here, and everything else is about community. So our format will be Lafayette and local, not country and western, not talk, not politics, not religion, will be community," explained Bowie.
Anyone wanting to create a show and have access to the equipment will have to be an AOC member, but hosts or voice talents do not. Cypress Street Radio will stream online through a link on AOC's website and on mobile phones through the SHOUTcast application.
"Our radio station will always be on, whether or not it's live is up to the community. It's whether they want a live show or whether they want to record their show and then give it to us," said Nancy Judice, AOC's Marketing Director.
The expected launch date is November 1, 2012. AOC is looking for volunteers and will host an information launch meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The meeting will be at 6:00pm at AOC in the Rosa Parks Transportation Center in Downtown Lafayette. AOC is looking to recruit local producers, news readers, operators and others interested in internet radio.
For more information, go to AOC's website: www.aocinc.org. To RSVP for the launch meeting on October 23, email: firstname.lastname@example.org by October 22.