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Production Pod Installed at Cundy's Harbor Library

Harpswell Community Radio – WHPW – has been working to provide access to the broadcast airwaves for the general public.  As part of this ongoing process WHPW has just completed installation of a “production pod” at the Cundy’s Harbor Library in Harpswell.  This is the first of several intended to be installed around the area at various locations.  The “pods” contain the equipment that will allow individuals to record, edit, and enhance work to then be aired on Harpswell Radio.  The installation was completed by WHPW volunteer Nicholas Keeney.

Karen Schneider, Cundy’s Harbor Library Director, welcomed the installation as another library service provided to the community.  Library staff will be trained in the operation of the equipment in order to assist library patrons who wish to utilize it. 

So how does this work?   Suppose you would like to produce an audio piece for radio.  This could be as simple as an announcement about your organization’s upcoming fundraiser or services provided to the community.  It could be that full blown DJ show that you’ve long envisioned yourself doing.  It could be a show about a subject that you are passionate about, say fruit orchards or 16th century literature, or even news and commentary.   People will be able to reserve time during library hours to come in and use the equipment work on their production at their own pace without the time pressures of “live” broadcasts. This can be done as a “one-off” or as a recurring, perhaps weekly show.  When the work is finished it will be aired on local radio station WHPW 97.3 fm.

Funding and equipment for this pod was provided by WHPW listeners and volunteers, The Town of Harpswell, and the University of Maine at Augusta.

For more information about the pod program please call WHPW at 833-6618 or the Cundy’s Harbor Library at 725-1461. 


             
  Cundy's Harbor Library Director, Karen Schneider, sits at the new Production
  Pod in the Library's meeting room.

  

Wanted: Continuity Ranger 

Hey Radio Rangers!

97.3 WHPW has an opening in our esteemed programming department for a computer savvy person to assume the role of volunteer Continuity Ranger. Duties include managing Mac-based broadcast automation software for the accurate play of all Music, IDs, PSAs, Promos, Features, and special programs. A working knowledge of MegaSeg or Radiologik automation software a huge plus. 

Got the stuff? Interested? Get in touch. Contact us at 207-833-5833, or send an email to harpswellradio@gmail.com. Also, there lots of other volunteer opportunities, so give us a call.



Our
 "Introduction to Radio" training sessions have been well attended with some folks attending for the first time and many have been at every session. The meetings are usually divided into two groups: hands-on-training, where participants learn how to speak into a microphone and recording station IDs; learning how to produce and edit a radio program; help with what equipment you need, etc.; a separate group will be able to ask questions about WHPW and learn about being on the radio or being part of the radio station in other ways.

Throughout the coming months we will have training session at various locations. Our schedule is:

Our next training session:

Date & Site TBA

Come join us and participate in local radio. Meanwhile, tune in to WHPW 97.3 FM and give us some feedback. 

Don't forget - if you are short on time to volunteer or produce a show, but have some extra cash that you don't know what to so with - a donation of any size is a great way to support local radio.


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September 2017 - we have started local programming along with some live 

programming in the works and a new music loop. We are still working through some technical difficulties, so bear with us while we "fine tune".

Please let us know what you think of the programming and email us with

suggestions for music or shows you might like to hear or better yet -

get involved and produce a show for WHPW.


You can email us or call us  at 207-833-5833.


What's Going On


From October 6th to the9th, WHPW-LP Board Members John Halpin and Betsy Saunders traveled to Albany, NY to attend the 2017 Grassroots Radio Conference (GRC) hosted by WCAA-LP. 

  
 

WCAA-LP is part of Grand Street Community Arts and located in a former church in Albany (see photos on the left). WCAA gives local artists, youth, activists, neighbors and others a platform to learn and perform, entertain, and inform the public, as well as to educate and encourage listeners to get involved in the arts, personal growth and improve their community.


                       

The great crew at WCAA-LP

The Grassroots Radio Conference is an annual gathering of folks from grassroots, volunteer-powered, community radio stations to connect, re-connect, learn new skills, discuss critical issues, and reaffirm the role of community radio stations in the world of broadcast media. John and Betsy attend the GRC in Palenville, NY in 2015; John had previously attended the GRC in Florence, MA in 2005. They both have found the skills learned and connections made an invaluable resource for running our low-power, public access, community radio station here in Midcoast Maine.



The first day was registration and a meet-and-greet in the evening. The meet-and-greet and mealtime were the opportunity for conversation, making new friends in the world of community radio and, of course, seeing old friends.

  


 The following days of the conference were filled with keynote speeches, and seminars on topics such as: FCC regulations, streaming, podcast production, promoting a radio station, fundraising, technology, equipment and software, news production, legal matters, and youth radio. There were about 75 attendees; the youngest (who were also presenters of the program on Youth Radio) were 11 and 8.

                    





John and Betsy also toured the facilities of WOOC–LP, The Sanctuary for Independent Media, in Troy, NY. WOOC’s campus includes a gallery, gardens and greenhouses, an outdoor performing space, as well as a radio station. 

 

Attending events such as this conference will help to grow and improve WHPW-LP to better serve our listeners, our community, and to engage more volunteers to become part of a special and important part of local broadcast media.