An Experience Our Voice and Your Voice will have! By Mike Yates

An Experience Our Voice and Your Voice will have! By Mike Yates

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by Mike Yates

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It is an experience we’ve all had: you are listening to the radio and you hear a song that you love so much it seems impossible you are hearing it for the first time. Or you are hypnotized simply by the sound of a voice telling you a story. Or the Temptations’ “I Wish It Would Rain” and the Dramatics’ “In the Rain” come on because the DJ is looking at the same grey, wet afternoon you are. These pleasures of radio—the immediacy of a great song, the intimacy of a voice, the ability to react instantly to circumstances—are what my colleagues and myself had in mind when we set out two and a half years ago to found a
new station. Instead of devoting the station to one or two types of music, we wanted a station devoted to a type of person: people passionate, knowledgeable and curious about music. Instead of a station that had a prescribed format, we wanted a station that provided an environment of creative freedom where people chose what to play and craft engaging, adventurous programming. We wanted a station that offered all the possibilities of radio including music, drama, comedy, poetry, talk, interviews, and live performance. Huge strides have been made towards making this vision a reality. The FCC granted us the frequency 104.3 FM and we chose W-A-Y-O for our call letters. We secured a studio space and broadcast tower. We formed a partnership with the Multi-Use Community Cultural Center. And, we launched a dynamic web presence at www.wayofm.org and www.facebook.com/wayoradio. Our next steps are to raise funds to cover the costs of equipment and the first year of operations as well as build programming. Programming applications can be found online at: wayofm.org/apply and we encourage all who are interested to apply. Fundraising will take place through an Indiegogo online campaign launching in early August. To thank donors, we will be giving out stickers, pins, t-shirts, mix CDs, and original artwork by talented and generous
artists and musicians. Thank you to Our Voice for this opportunity, as well as for the conversations I’ve had with Mr. Jean and his staff about how to bring the exciting content of this magazine to the airwaves. November 10, 2015, WAYO 104.3 FM began
broadcasting and streaming online. We can’t wait for when you can tune in and listen.