Little Raleigh Radio hoping to put community-generated sound on the air
Posted January 23, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — There are dozens of radio stations on the FM dial, broadcasting everything from news to music. Around the country, nonprofit groups are adding even more choices with low-power FM stations, including one Raleigh radio group that’s hoping to put its unique community-generated sound on the air.
Little Raleigh Radio, a nonprofit community radio group, has been running for about a year and gives amateurs – all volunteers – a chance to create their own radio shows.
From Motown to indie rock, about 25 on-air DJ's bring their own style. Add in some local talk shows, and co-founder Kelly Reid says you have a radio station that sounds like the listeners it serves.
“We are a community-driven radio. It's what the community wants and what the community produces,” Reid said.
Little Raleigh Radio streams on the Internet, but if the organizers get their way, listeners will be able to hear it on the radio at 106.5 FM.
“That process stands in a waiting game with the FCC,” Reid said.
Little Raleigh Radio is competing with two other local nonprofits for the license, but it’s unclear when the winner will be announced. If it wins, listeners will be able to hear the low-power FM station in downtown and southeast Raleigh.
“We're really there for the people who are creative (and) passionate about where they live and work, which is downtown Raleigh,” Reid said.
The radio station’s volunteers and organizers hope Little Raleigh Radio will give more people a chance to be heard.
“I just hope we can give a lot of people the opportunity to come in and spread their sound throughout Raleigh,” said DJ Breniecia Ruben.
Another local group, Oak City Media, plans to launch a separate station, WKRP 101.9, on the north side of Raleigh.