We have many exciting guests participating at this year’s GRC. Take a look at their bios below:
Al Davis is a semi-retired electrical engineer. He developed audio equipment for several companies including Harman-Kardon, Audio Dynamics (“ADC”) and Automated Processes Inc (“API”), including the 560 equalizer that is still made 40 years later. He got his start in radio in college radio at WTSC in the 1960’s, which had mostly home-made equipment, much of Al’s design. Later, he developed software for circuit analysis, and maintains the Free/open-source program “Gnucap“, the Gnu Circuit Analysis Package. He also has been a college professor, teaching electrical engineering and computer science.
Lately, he has been helping new stations get started, building them and providing guidance for those that want to do it themselves. He does FCC filings, including both low power and full power, in the 2010 and 2013 windows. He played a major role in the clean-up of several complex MX groups from the 2013 LPFM window.
His small business “Kaatskit” makes modular studio consoles designed for community radio.
Ann Garrison grew up in Bremerton, Washington, a town centered around the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Opposition to war and militarism has defined her intellectual and political life, but she is also very interested in local reporting. She reports for the KPFA-Berkeley Weekend News and produces longer format radio for other programs on KPFA and WBAI-NYC’s AfrobeatRadio. She also writes for the San Francisco Bay View Newspaper, the Black Agenda Report, the Black Star News, Counterpunch, Global Research, and the Pambazuka News. In 2014, she received the Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize for her reporting on the African Great Lakes Region.
Betty McArdle is the Executive Director of Community Media Assistance Project – CMAP. CMAP was started in 2003 in response to community groups saying, “I wish I had known about that LPFM window; we would have applied.” CMAP started to do outreach to community groups when there was an opportunity to apply for a community radio station coming up. CMAP’s work has evolved over time depending on what help community radio stations have needed over time. CMAP’s latest work was helping community radio stations get ready for the National EAS test. She helped found the Radio for People Coalition. Betty has 40+ years of experience working in and with community groups in the Northwest doing a wide variety of things from mailing parties to sitting as President of the Board of Directors. Betty also has done work in most aspects of community radio through 30 years of working with Brown Broadcast Services, doing many things from proofing applications to doing field measurements. Ask Betty about some of her favorite things to do when she has a break from helping community groups get a radio station: Tap Dancing, bicycle touring, gardening, kayaking, reading and socializing with friends. Betty holds a BS in Psychology and an AS in Forest Technology.
Bob Dunn is an Assistant Professor of Television, Radio and Mass Communication at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, where he is founder of and Faculty Advisor for WXDR-LP, Dolphin Radio. Before joining the Delgado faculty, he had a long career in media, including 15 years as Director of the WWL-TV Audio Center, where he was twice honored with Emmy awards for sound. Dunn has also worked as a news photographer and reporter, and has been a radio personality in formats from classical to country. He holds the highest levels of both Amateur and Commercial FCC licenses, has a Certified Broadcast Technologist rating from the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and earned his Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from the University of New Orleans.
Bob Nagy left WBAI in NYC and landed up in Austin, Texas where he was chief engineer of KOOP, KVRX, KAZI and KVR TV. He also worked in Biotech at University of Texas and NASA. Bob is one of those odd techies who is also a people person and can make complex concepts easy for the layman to grasp. Whether the topic is radio, the shape of the universe, drone flying, solar energy or gypsy music, you are sure to come away with a mind full of ideas after a little time with Bob.
Bob Simmons began his broadcasting career with a jazz show on the old KUT-FM Austin in 1966. He moved to San Francisco in the Summer of 1967, where he contributed two regular programs on KPFA, worked in concert promotions at Family Dog Productions, and co-founded Sound Proof Productions. He was a force in developing early FM progressive radio. In the 70s he worked at Arista Records, his own label World Records, and at radio stations KSFX, KOME, and also KSAN, for which he produced two 24-h radio documentaries, “The Texas Special” (about Texas music) and “What Was That?” (about the passing of the hippie phenomenon). He returned to Austin in the early 80s, forming Austin Broadcasting, Inc., which engaged in the buying, selling, upgrading, and operating of smaller independent broadcasting facilities. Through this work he became familiar with the intricacies of FCC regulations. In the 90s he was the broadcast adviser at The University of Texas where he helped build KVRX FM, KOOP and KVR-TV for Student Radio and Television. In recent decades he has worked developing electronic remote monitoring system for oil and gas industry.
Radio Engineer Dale Seidenschwarz began using spacey sound effects during his weekly broadcasts of Beaker Street to cover up the noise generated from KAAY’s transmitter. Upholding FCC requirements that an engineer be on site during all AM operations, he spun records through the night under the code name Clyde Clifford to keep the KAAY signal live. The unique sound of his show Beaker Street quickly developed a cult following and Clifford gained legions of fans in the United States and beyond. Extended tracks and psychedelic effects made Beaker Street unlike anything on Midwestern radio in 1966. Clifford’s laid-back approach to broadcasting was a stark, and welcome, contrast to the commercial jocks on air at the time. The psychedelic rock music he delivered to his attentive late-night listeners blew the airwaves open for all kinds of music that had never been considered for airplay before. Beaker Street is widely considered the first underground music program in the Midwest. The 50,000 watt AM signal of KAAY Little Rock extended north to Canada and south into Cuba. Reaching out through the wee hours of the night, Clyde Clifford became the voice of the America’s heartland.
Like an invader from outer space, Clyde Clifford broke through the formulaic wall of mid-century commercial programming with an unprecedented freeform approach to broadcasting. Clifford connected with his listeners in real time– without out a script, without a plan. His spontaneous decision making and intimate approach to radio quickly made him one of the most popular personalities in the Midwest. Clifford recognized the power of broadcasting to connect listeners hundreds of miles away and his voice became the thread weaving them all together. Clifford’s success on KAAY opened the doors for freeform broadcasters nationwide. In 2014, Clyde Clifford became a member of the Missouri Music Hall of Fame. Beaker Street liberated radio from the rules of commercial broadcasting and opened the doors to spontaneity and experimentation on air.
David Klann started in radio back when commercial broadcasting still provided the opportunity for employment, and stations operated in the “public interest.” He got involved as a volunteer at WORT in Madison where he helped with the production crew and with the Tech Crew. Klann moved “back to the land” in Western Wisconsin in the mid 2000’s where he built the on-line streaming station RadioDriftless.org. From there he and a small cadre of others submitted an application for a full-power station in the 2007 FCC filing window. Driftless Community Radio received its construction permit in March 2009 and WDRT went on the air on September 17, 2010. We’ve been on the air and on line ever since.
David has since started consulting with other stations around the country and helping build community radio stations using Open Source tools (both hardware and software).
Donna is a NCE-LP Community Radio Specialist, with 20 years’ experience in all aspects of community radio management, from production, hosting, operations management, to being an FCC compliance officer in the non-commercial & community radio arena.
Donna brings this diverse and knowledge and expertise to help transform stations and their operations into effective, sustainable, compliant and creative environments.
She currently is a consultant for various LPFM projects, with many completed radio start-up projects under her belt for off and on-air operations. She teaches DJ Training, Show Development, Underwriting and Promotional Announcements, Special Presentations, Fundraising Strategic Planning courses for custom-designed LPFM Radio Boot Camps held on-site at radio stations.
Erik Möllberg is the Station Manager of WELT-LP 97.5 FM and the Assistant Manager of Access Fort Wayne. He has also served as National Board Member At Large and International Liaison of the Alliance for Community Media. He has work at Access Fort Wayne, Allen County’s public and government access center since 1984. Erik got his first immersion in television in 1975 working at WNDU-TV (an NBC affiliate) doing a comedy show in South Bend, Indiana. He has been a jury member for the International Festival of Local Television Programs in Kosice, Slovakia for the past five years and also served as a judge of media production grants for the Indiana Arts Commission for 10 years.
Jennifer Waits is the Founder and Editor of SpinningIndie, a website devoted to the culture of college radio and is co-founder of Radio Survivor . She’s worked in college radio at WHRC, WBGU-FM, KSPC-FM and is currently a DJ at Foothill College radio station KFJC 89.7FM in Los Altos Hills, California. Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Popular Culture Studies and has written about radio, music, youth culture, pop culture, and travel for a number of publications and websites. Her work has appeared in Radio World, Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, Radio Journal, PopMatters, youth culture blog Ypulse, parenting site Mommy Nearest and the beloved teen magazine Sassy. She also co-chairs the College, Community & Educational Radio Caucus for the Library of Congress’ Radio Preservation Task Force.
In 2010, Jennifer was recognized by College Media Matters as one of the ten individuals who “mattered most” to college media during that academic year. She’s frequently cited as an expert in college and independent radio and was featured in the audio documentary “College Radio’s Past, Present, and Future,” which aired on hundreds of college radio stations all over the North America during the inaugural College Radio Day on October 11, 2011.
Austin Airwaves’ Jim Ellinger has been involved in many community radio projects, both here in the US and around the world for the past 25 years. He is founder of Austin’s KOOP radio. In addition to helping establish stations in Austin, Wimberley, TX and at the Houston AstroDome, post-Katrina, he has also served as the “Birkenstocks on the Ground” for various AA projects in Haiti, six weeks after the earthquake, the Darien Gap of Panama, the first-ever community station in Borneo (Malaysia), and agricultural stations in Ghana, Mozambique. Has worked with stations in Siberia, Tunisia, Jordan, Northern Ireland, and Sandanista-era Nicaragua.
He served four years on the International Board of Directors of AMARC and attended eight AMARC conferences around the world. AA is currently in the final stages of passing off a new full power NCE station license to a local community group in Ellinger, TX. Ellinger is a member of the large and prominent Ellinger Family in Austin, Texas and is partners with Karen Horan, AKA the World’s Most Dangerous Blond.
As a long time community organizer (ACORN, Occupy amongst others) and media reform activist, Joe jumped at the opportunity to get an LPFM license for Fayetteville. After 4 years of bringing community together to make KPSQ-LP “The Public Square” a reality, he now serves as Station Manager and amateur jack of whatever trades are needed to keep the station functioning and growing.
Ken Freedman is the Station Manager of WFMU, the longest running and most renowned freeform radio station in the United States. Under his guidance, WFMU became independent of Upsala College, WFMU’s original owner. Freedman also developed WFMU’s internet presence, making it one of the most popular and forward looking internet radio stations in the U.S. WFMU was the first radio station to offer full on-demand listening, podcasts and a working iPhone stream. He recently founded Congera PBC which is developing the Audience Engine, an open source platform for small and medium sized broadcasters and journalists. He previously founded the Free Music Archive, an online music library and social site based on curated music licensed under alternative copyrights such as creative commons licenses. He pioneered the use of copyrights and waivers to address restrictions placed on broadcasters by the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Freedman has served on the board of public science and technology company New Brunswick Scientific Company and was a board member and technology advisor to the National Federation of Community (NFCB) broadcasters. He has spoken and presented at conferences sponsored by The Future of Music Coalition, O’Reilly Media. National Public Radio, the Integrated Media Association, and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
LaGanzie Kale is the Founder and Manager of KLEK-LP 102.5 FM, the first and only minority-owned radio station in Jonesboro, Arkansas. KLEK was made possible under Congressional passage in 2010 of the Local Community Radio Act, giving low-power stations a place on the FM dial. LaGanzie saw an opportunity and worked to build a station from the ground up. After obtaining the required permits from the Federal Communications Commission, raising funds and putting the necessary equipment, the 100-watt station launched on Jan. 1, 2015. The LEK in the station’s call letters is in honor of LaGanzie’s mother, Lovie Edmond Kale, who died of breast cancer four years ago.
Originally from Helena-West Helena, LaGanzie now resides in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He is a 2003 graduate of Arkansas State University with bachelor’s degrees in general studies and in radio-television. Earlier this year he was presented with an Arkansas Community Service Award by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and also was recognized by Congressman Rick Crawford and U.S. senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman.
LaGanzie was nominated for the award by Emma Agnew, Jonesboro’s community services manager, who wrote this in her nomination: “He loves people, he loves entertaining, he loves music, and he loves being involved in the community. This radio station has given a direct connection to the greater community and to a lot of citizens who did not have it.”
At a time when most radio station operators are content to broadcast “canned” music, syndicated programming and network news, KLEK is producing local programs and covering local events — live — in Jonesboro, including this meeting. With the help of some volunteers, the programs may cover almost any subject of importance, including health matters, financial literacy, education, legal advice, politics and government, the arts and local culture. This is being done with no government funding and no paid advertising, but fundraising is a major part of LaGanzie’s job description.
Dr. Lauralee Harris
Harris Nonprofit Consulting assists organizations that are committed to enhancing their effectiveness. With more than 25 years as an Executive Director, Dr. Harris offers a unique perspective on organizational development and change. HNC provides administrative, board, program, and resource assessment and development as well as grant writing. Dr. Harris holds Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Public Health degrees. Among the dozens of programs she developed are residential facilities to help people with mental retardation live independently in the community, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, a transportation program for elderly and disabled people, an advocacy program for people living in unlicensed care homes, a law enforcement training and liaison program designed to divert people with mental illness from arrest into treatment, a mental health court to prevent incarceration of people with mental illness, and a suicide prevention program. Lauralee lives in Kyle, Texas where, in addition to her consulting business, she devotes considerable time to enhancing the lives of her son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.
Matt Sergeson is a professional Photovoltaic Solar System installer who last hails from Austin, Texas. Previous to Austin, he worked in Northern Michigan on wind power systems for indigenous people. Matt is single-handedly responsible for the vast majority of residential solar power systems in Hot Springs. He is the guy who is the bridge between a dream of solar power and a big shiny purple array of panels appearing at your house.
Michael Brown is Principal Engineer and President of Brown Broadcast Services – specializing in FCC applications, signal propagation and interference analysis, and transmitter site construction. He has built or rebuilt dozens of studio and transmitter facilities, and prepared hundreds of FCC applications, over the past 40+ years.
Michael is certified as a Senior Radio Broadcast Engineer by the Society of Broadcast Engineers, is a Member of the Association of the Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, and a member of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. He serves as President of Community Media Assistance Project, an organization which assists NCE and LPFM startups. He’s also a frequent exhibitor and panelist on broadcast engineering matters at national conferences held by media reform, community radio, and Native American organizations.
Michael is the site supervisor of the largest combined FM tower site in Oregon, with 11 stations. Prior to 1985, he served as Engineer or Engineering Manager for major commercial radio groups in Oregon and California, and earlier served as a radio News Director, DJ, and Station Manager.
Michael W. Richards
Michael W. Richards entered the law business after nearly two decades in broadcasting and journalism. As a professional journalist, he shared in both a Columbia DuPont Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award during a first career covering national affairs from Washington and global Issues from the United Nations. He moved into the law just at the space where old media was meeting up with new media – as part of a team doing legal work on the merger between AOL and Time Warner at the turn of the millennium. He has counseled and represented broadcasters, media businesses, journalists and others in expressive fields for more than a decade on regulation, intellectual property, free speech and business concerns – launching his own firm in 2009. His academic credentials include a law degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is admitted to the bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Michelle is the founder of REC Networks. Since the mid-1980s, Michelle has been following FCC policy issues, especially those related to a citizen’s access to radio spectrum. Her involvement in the LPFM service started prior to the creation of the service in 1999 and over the years has offered an out-of-the-box approach to policy and to this day, Michelle follows spectrum policy on both the domestic and international fronts. Michelle is also the designer of several web-based services related to broadcast policy and LPFM including FCCdata.org which provides detailed broadcast engineering data for six different nations around the world; FCC.today, which provides a real-time view into the daily activities at the FCC’s Media Bureau and myLPFM.com, the most comprehensive LPFM channel searching tool. Michelle also provides professional application preparation and filing services for LPFM, FM translator and other lower-powered broadcast stations utilizing many behind-the-scenes tools she designed. Michelle is a licensed radio amateur holding an Extra class license, KU3N. Michelle programs J1 Radio, a group of internet stations with a focus on Japanese music. She is also a huge fan of radio station ID jingles.
Otis has a long history in radio and with Pacifica as producer and host. Currently he maintains the software used by Pacifica and a number of affiliates. He has developed the archive and confessor software as well as much of the stream delivery system. He generally answers his phone when called.
Sabrina Roach is a Doer with Not-Just-For-Profit event ticketing company, Brown Paper Tickets. Roach was recruited as a Doer after more than a decade of experience in public and community radio stations, while doing media justice and policy advocacy in her spare time. As a Doer, it’s Roach’s full time job to build the infrastructure for more equitable communities through support for non-commercial media outlets. She’s been involved in the LPFM movement since 2006.
Sharon Scott is Founder and General Manager of ARTxFM / WXOX 97.1 FM Louisville. ART FM currently is home to more than eighty weekly programs that range from talk to experimental and beyond. Since it’s inception in 2012, the station has trained hundreds of community members and turned them into highly-skilled DJs.
Sharon Scott launched her career in radio at WRVU Nashville 91.1 FM, Vanderbilt University radio, where she began as a DJ and worked her way up to General Manager. Scott later organized the nonprofit organization WRVU Friends & Family which now operates WXNA 101.5 FM in Nashville, Tennessee.
In addition to her work in radio, Sharon Scott is an author and artist with an interest in contemporary culture. Her premier book Toys and American Culture: An Encyclopedia emerged with outstanding reviews from the likes of Booklist and The American Journal of Play. Scott has worked as a guest investigator on the national television series PBS History Detectives and her work at ART FM was recently the subject of a KET Louisville Life documentary. Born in Marietta, Georgia, Sharon Scott and her family now call Louisville, Kentucky home. Throughout her professional career, Scott has been a community radio advocate dedicated to the belief that access to the airwaves is an essential human right.
Stephen Koch is a print journalist and editor who ended up in radio due in part to his love of music, geography, and history. His radio segment “Arkansongs” — syndicated on every public radio station in Arkansas — explores the surprisingly significant impact the state and its people have had on the American musical vernacular. Louis Jordan: Son of Arkansas, Father of R&B, Koch’s biography of the 1940s musical pioneer, is available from History Press. Part one of his two-part documentary on the history of music in Arkansas from 400 B.C. to the present will begin airing on PBS stations in summer 2017. Also a musician, Koch performs songs by Arkansas greats as well as his own compositions. Excruciating Circumstances, with his band Arkopolis, is available on streaming services.
Susan Raybuck retired after a 30-year career in teaching. Along the way she developed an abiding interest in media policy after observing disturbing trends in American society over the last 25 years or so. That interest led her into growing involvement in media reform activism and later into graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in mass communication. Fires in Central Texas in the fall of 2011, following earlier floods which struck Wimberley and surrounding communities, changed the focus of her studies.
Wimberley, the small town south of Austin in which she and her husband live, was threatened with fires also, but had no way to broadcast warnings or information. Knowing that the Local Community Radio Act had been signed into law in late 2010, Susan realized that a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring a radio station to Wimberley was imminent so with the help of a number of Wimberley residents, she was able to form Wimberley Valley Radio and spearhead its successful efforts to obtain a low power FM broadcast license.
With the demise of PTFP funding, Tom accelerated participation in community radio transmitter site design and build projects. Recent new on air successes: KHOI, KDPI, WVQR and KRFP. Tom has 53 years of communications project engineering in Global fiber marine cable systems, satellite up links, and protected regional microwave networks. Tom’s significant past projects include involvement in the facilities startup of the first IMC (Independent Media Center) in ‘99, and in the ‘80s consulted with the San Dinista civil infrastructure for the construction and maintenance of Radio broadcasting, Telecommunications and Hydroelectric Power. He has had minor involvement in many more diverse media startup projects such as LP-TV and way back in the 70s, the Ink Works Print shop Collective. He was an engineering improvement volunteer at KPFA for a short period in the sixties. This all started with radio shop and journalism in high school.
Ursula Ruedenberg got involved with community radio management and media activism in 2001 and became the Pacifica Affiliate Network Manager in 2003, after working for the Pacifica Campaign to stop the Corporate Takeover and as Outreach Coordinator for WBAI-Pacifica in New York City. Under her management, the Pacifica affiliate network has grown into a vibrant and active network of around 200 community radio stations and Internet stations. Ruedenberg oversaw the conception and production of Audioport.org, a major distribution service that has contributed to the flourishing of grassroots and independent radio content. She is Executive Producer of Sprouts, Radio From the Grassroots, a weekly program that showcases grassroots production at stations across the continent and around the world. Ruedenberg helped found the Radio For People Coalition that enabled hundreds of community radio construction permits at the 2007 FCC NCE filing window and she has personally overseen the launch of WDSV Community Radio in Greenville, MS and KHOI Community Radio in Ames, Iowa. She is currently KHOI’s volunteer station manager and program director and executive producer of the morning show. Ursula is motivated by a deep and abiding love for community radio, for the humanity and commonality it is, the good the bad and the ugly – and it’s creative and positive civility. Ruedenberg holds an MFA in painting.
Wade E. Hicks, Jr.
Wade E. Hicks Jr. is an FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operator (K5NWC), GMDSS Radio Operator and is the Assistant Broadcast Engineer for 103.5 WQRZ-LP FM. He was also the Search and Rescue Coordinator (ESF 9) for the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency during Hurricane Katrina. He was a Professional Mariner from (1998 – 2009) and on his time off served as a Volunteer Firefighter as well as a radio DJ. Wade created and hosted The Free Speech Zone on WQRZ (2008-present) as a way to allow the listeners to exercise their 1st Amendment rights concerning issues that affect the local community and nation at large. He is a military spouse, a father of 3, and is currently pursuing a BS in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management from Arkansas State University.
Will fell in love with community radio at WOBC, a student-run college radio station in Ohio, where he hosted jazz and experimental music shows and served as Engineer and General Manager. Will holds a Bachelor of Music in music composition and technology from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative American Studies from Oberlin College.
After moving to Philadelphia, Will joined the Prometheus Radio Project, a nonprofit organization that builds participatory radio as a tool for social justice organizing and a voice for community expression. Prometheus advocated for the creation of the Low Power FM (LPFM) service by the FCC in 2000 and led the successful grassroots campaign to pass the Local Community Radio Act in 2010, a victory that resulted in over 2800 organizations submitting applications to build new non-commercial radio stations and for the first time allowed LPFM stations in all major US cities. At Prometheus, Will submitted engineering studies and permit applications on behalf of dozens of nonprofit organizations around the US that now operate radio stations today.
In 2014 and 2015, Will collaborated with newly permitted Low Power FM radio stations to raise antennas, install transmitters, build studios and train community members in radio operations and media making. As Technical Director, Will built KMRD-LP in Madrid, NM; Sagal Radio in Atlanta, GA; KOGI-LP in Big Pine, CA; WEQY-LP in Saint Paul, MN; KALY-LP in Minneapolis, MN; WFNU-LP in Saint Paul; and supported Prometheus engineers in building WOHM-LP in Charleston, SC and WCNU-LP in Bridgeton, NJ.
Zachary Smith is founder and General Manager of KUHS-LP Hot Springs. With Cheryl Roorda, president of C Note Inc, they are renovating the historic building that houses the station and will finish opening an adjoining brewery/pizza joint as soon as everyone leaves. Before they became workaholics they were known for their musical stylings as tuba-accordion duo The Itinerant Locals.