The last few times we’ve reported in on the status of WQNA 88.3 FM, our community radio station that has housed our Dumb Records / Black Sheep Radio Show for nearly seven years, we let you know that the Capitol Area Career Center which houses the station was planning on selling it and the future of community radio in Springfield and our show is very uncertain. We interviewed our station programer Jim Pemberton a few weeks back about a few possible options we have as a group of DJ’s committed to continuing our programing in some way.
Today we are bringing you a massive fundraising campaign that was just recently launched by all of the DJ’s behind the scenes at WQNA 88.3 fm, under a new group we are calling “Springfield Community Broadcasters” which has been holding meetings at Dumb Records.
There has been a GoFundMe page launched which you can check out right here which you can donate to at any point. From the description on that:
A group of community deejays from WQNA are committed to establishing an independent broadcasting presence for community radio. We are currently forming a 501c3 group called the Springfield Community Broadcasters and are pursuing options to ensure the future of community radio in Springfield. Doing this will take money, and donations are needed and appreciated. As we work on our 501c3 filing, we are currently raising money under the umbrella of the Illinois Central Blues Club, which is a 501c3 organization. Donations made toward the future of community radio through the Illinois Central Blues Club are tax deductible.
Additionally, you may drop off donations at Dumb Records at 418 E. Monroe. Many thanks to both the Illinois Central Blues Club and Dumb Records for their assistance. More ways to donate and fundraising events will be coming soon. Stay tuned! Thank you for your investment in the future of Springfield community radio!
Funds are being raised to covering licensing costs, equipment, and other necessary expenses toward establishing a functional community radio non-profit organization in Springfield. You can help us save community radio!
Included in costs that money is being fundraised for is costs to re-locate where the station is housed which is currently out of CACC but will need to find a new home. We will be sure to update you all with progress on this campaign.
In addition to donating on line, you can donate at Dumb Records in person with a cash or check donation, or mail us to 418 E Monroe Street, Springfield IL 62701.