Radio head Q&A

Radio head Q&A
Ilene Denton. Sarasota Magazine. Sarasota: Oct 01, 2005.Vol.28, Iss. 1; pg. 31

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Copyright Sarasota Magazine Oct 01, 2005

Fogartyville Cafe co-owner David Beaton led the band of community activists and New College students who brought WSLR-LPFM Radio (96.5 FM) to the local airwaves in August. The nonprofit, noncommercial station offers 24 hours of music and public affairs programseverything from the World Spirit Show to Sarasota Neighborhoods and Suncoast Sports Scene.

It's all hosted by volunteers, and, because it's a low-power station, covers a limited geographic range of just three to five miles around its production studio,

" Radio pulls people together, and locally based radio is a community-builder," says Beaton. "We want people to express themselves."

Q. What's your background?
A. Radio's been a big part of my life. I was in a radio club in high school and at Michigan State I worked on the college NPR station.

Q. Who are your volunteers?
A. We have 30 to 40 local programmers: lawyers, doctors, middle school kids acupuncturists. an hour each weekday will be hosted by Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences students; there will be a block of Spanish music blocks from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Q. How are you funding the station?
A. We raised about $25,000 from the community to get started. New College is giving us studio space, and we're goint to sell memberships and have fund-raising concerts. .

Q. What void are you filling?
A. Getting information out that is not heard on mainstream radio. We're about sustainability and decent social justice. Out goal is to engage people, but we won't be airing views form the extreme right.

Q. So I guess you won't be running the Rush Limbaugh show?
A. Rush Limbaugh is on enough programs as it is.

Ilene Denton. Sarasota Magazine.

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