On Centre: Penns Valley | Community meeting planned to discuss sound of local radio station

August 12, 2013 

Planning is moving ahead for an all-Penns Valley radio station, and community members are being invited this week to lend their voices to those discussions.

A planning meeting is set for Tuesday at the Old Gregg School Community and Recreation Center. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room 208, and will give locals a chance to help shape the radio station, according to organizers.

Some preliminary options that have been discussed are broadcasts of live and recorded local music and readings of oral history of the area, children’s bedtime stories and books and local news.

Volunteers, working under the umbrella of the Penns Valley Conservation Association, are moving to file necessary paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission.

The broadcast range under the plan being discussed could include most of the Penns Valley and Brush Valley areas and as many as 12,000 listeners, organizers said.

While the station would not go live until 2014 at the earliest, the application must be submitted by the middle of October. In the meantime, organizers are looking for serious volunteers and potential on-air personalities.

Anyone interested in more information can contact programming committee chairman Gary Gyekis at gggyekis@ gmail.com.

The group behind the station will also have a presence at CrickFest on Sept. 1 at Coburn Park.

More information can be found on the group’s Facebook site.

Matt Carroll writes about news from the Penns and Brush Valley regions. He can be reached at 231-4631 or mcarroll@ centredaily.com.

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