We mentioned this little ditty along with our announcement for the benefit show that is happening at our space for Springfield Community Broadcasters (programming formerly on 88.3 WQNA fm) on Friday, December 13th. We felt it appropriate to make another post to make sure everyone out there knows. In the week leading up to our benefit show – from Sunday December 8th through Saturday December 14th – we will be donating 20% of our store sales to Springfield Community Broadcasters in their mission to obtain a radio license and get back on air! The license for 88.3 WQNA was sold to a Catholic Radio Group earlier last month, so that is no longer obtainable for SCB, but there are other routes being explored. The live stream can still be heard online at http://listen.wqnaradio.org/. The Dumb Records Radio Show is on hiatus at the moment until things further develop with SBC’s mission, but we are involved with a “True Freak” Radio Show that should be back on airing on Fridays at midnight on the live stream.
A GoFundMe page is still up and active online where you can donate directly right here. Dumb Records, Recycled Records, and The Elf Shelf are also all cash or check drop off points for donations at all times.
After the plug was officially pulled on WQNA 88.3 FM community radio as we know it one week ago, yesterday the station was successful in at least getting a live stream back up on the internet as it had been when the station was in full force. You can find that at listen.wqnaradio.org. The actual frequency of 88.3 fm was bought out by a Catholic Radio Group from the CACC which decided to sell the station and give up the school’s radio program earlier this year. We would imagine most of what is streaming right now is automated programing since it is hard for a lot of former shows on WQNA (including The Dumb Records Radio Show) to continue with programing without a studio in place. Maybe our other “True Freak Radio” show will still be put on the live stream at Fridays at midnight, and we will be looking into possibly starting The Dumb Records Radio Show back up into the live stream at it’s Friday 4:00 pm time-slot soon.
Fundraising efforts to get the station back on air (potentially on a different frequency) are still underway, and there is a benefit show set up at our space here at Dumb Records on Friday, December 13th. There is also an ongoing GoFundMe campaign set up online right here.
Are you ready to hear about an important show lined up? Of course yesterday we told you about how the plug was pulled on WQNA 88.3 fm community radio as we know it, however fundraising will continue. Well, there is a benefit event going on TONIGHT at Buzz Bomb Brewery, so get on over to that (more info right here). Then on Friday, December 13th we have our own benefit show happening at Dumb Records to go towards the cause of continuing community radio in Springfield! Proceeds will be going to Springfield Community Broadcasters.
Who do we got playing? Epsom is at the top of the bill, a band we all know is going to rock. The newer local duo that is grade-A quality music, Idle Oath will be playing as well. Idle Oath features Mark Beanblossom who was a DJ on Thursday evenings on 88.3 WQNA. Stream some of their music on the player below. We also have Snuff Rider lined up… instrumental heavy surf band… but guess what, they have changed their name to SONIC MAXIMIZER. We can hardly handle that new name, sorry the flier above isn’t updated. Opening things up is Arlin Peebles and Erin Steinhauer! A duo that you all know and love from The Studio show.
That show starts at 7:00 pm, and for admission we are asking donations of at least $5 to go towards the cause. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page to see what else is coming up at our space in the near future.
It is a sad day for us that have been part of community radio at 88.3 WQNA FM. Yesterday, the plug was pulled on the station which had ran on the air for over 40 years since 1979 after a bid was made by a Catholic radio group and accepted by CACC. However, fundraising efforts for community radio are continuing and not all hope is lost. Here is the official post yesterday from the WQNA 88.3 facebook page:
As of noon today, CACC finalized the sale of the WQNA 88.3 FM license to Covenant Network, a Network with two existing subsidiaries in Springfield radio, and shortly after, WQNA fell silent.
While we knew this was coming in some form or fashion, none of us have had a chance to do a final sign-off or say goodbye to WQNA and the loyal audience we all share.
BUT we want to make sure that everyone is aware that beyond being taken off-air, nothing has changed regarding fundraising efforts led by the Springfield Community Broadcasters, the non-profit that is working to keep community radio alive in Springfield.
WE ARE IN PROCESS OF ACQUIRING ANOTHER LICENSE.
We can’t share all the details, but this is a another real avenue to keep the broadcasters and programming from WQNA alive on another FM frequency, and we will keep you updated as much as possible in the coming weeks.
We have lost this battle, but the war continues. The benefit at Buzz Bomb is still going. The benefit at Dumb Records is still on. Same with the show at the Alamo. The Go Fund Me is still active. Nothing has changed beyond this bump in the road.
We are not dead, and rumors of our demise have been oft exaggerated.
Please share this far and wide, and let’s keep working to save community radio!!!!
A link to donate to the ongoing GoFundMe campaign can be found right here. Dumb Records as well as Recycled Records and The Elf Shelf continue to be drop off points for check or cash donations. Over $10,000 at this point has been raised to go towards the cause of continuing community radio. Tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:00 pm is the fundraiser / benefit at Buzz Bomb Brewery not far from us downtown. You can find a facebook event with more info right here. We will also be hosting a benefit show at Dumb Records on Friday, December 13th which we will announce details for tomorrow.
An article ran in the City & State section of The State Journal Register about the sale of the station. “WQNA-FM sold to Catholic Radio Group; Signal Goes Silent” – which you can check out online right here or by picking up a copy of today’s (Wednesday’s) newspaper.
We are back! With another exciting episode of The Dumb Records Radio Program today, and this time we actually have a guest for the first time in a few weeks. That is Benny DeWitt, owner of our new neighboring business here downtown on Monroe Street – Good Heart Tattoos. Good Heart Tattoos is holding a grand opening celebration all day tomorrow starting at noon, right next door to us at 414 E Monroe Street. We’ll be talking with Benny about his new shop, as well as maybe some music and show related things and memories from over the years. (Benny used to perform in bands Renae, Mother Leopard, and Hospital Job and currently performs with Layers).
The Dumb Records Radio Show airs today and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm until things potentially change with the station. Stream it online as well at wqnaradio.org. There is an ongoing fundraising campaign to keep our show and other programing on WQNA and community radio alive. Consider donating to that right here. We also have been keeping a lis of recorded past episodes up on our mixcloud page.
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.
It’s Friday, so that means yet another episode of The Dumb Records Radio Show is going on air at 4:00 pm! Who do we have behind the magic door this time? Looks like it’s Josh Flanders, representing our neighboring business Buzz Bomb Brewing Company! Buzz Bomb has been throwing shows over at their location on Adams Street for the past couple of years and they are gearing up for a big “Oktoberfest” this weekend, which will be outdoors and feature heavy hitting punk band NIL8, and also rockabilly act Twistin’ Tarantulas from the Detroit area. We will be talking to Josh about the festival coming up as well as anything else that’s been going on over at Buzz Bomb!
The Dumb Records Radio Show airs today and every Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA FM. You can also listen online at the same time at wqnaradio.org. Also check out our Mixcloud page where we’ve got all recent episodes recorded and streaming for free online!