The Shady Cove Radio Advisory Board held their third meeting on August 29, and if optimism can create success, soon everyone will be tuning in to KSHD. For now Station Manager David Christian estimates there are 75 to 100 folks listening at any one time. The board would love to see those numbers rise; to that end they are continuing to expand their play list and refine their schedule. The station did receive positive feedback as they did live broadcasts from both the Art Walk and Tie Days events. They are also working toward improving their live broad cast capabilities so they can become a ‘feature’ at all such citywide gatherings.
During public comment, Ed Mayer, representing the Youth Program at the URCC questioned/suggested a link between the station and local youth. Christian advised he’s been working on such a program that would include kids taking a course on all things radio (both on the technical and programming sides) then those with the knack and inclination might end up with their own 30 minute show. Christian also advised KSHD could provide music for the URCC’s upcoming teen nights and the youth program could also include training the students to take over DJ duties.
The group discussed their schedule which includes daily news, and a music mix of classic rock, folk, and some country. There is even a “Metal Half Hour” on Friday evenings and a Story Hour which coincides with the Shady Cove Library story time. The station’s goal is to have at least a little ‘something for everyone’. They will also work with the Youth Program to find out what types of music the kids will want to listen do in the after school hours.
The only point of disagreement centered on news. Board member Roy Eyeman II would like the station to be on the Sheriff Department’s media list so news on crime can be reported more directly (currently crime news comes via newspaper stories). This brought forth mixed feelings from all board members. Christian and Board member Kate Crowston felt concern that the news would become too heavily focused on crime, while Eyeman and board member Tyler Hulsey feel folks should know about area thefts, with Hulsey adding “If my neighbor’s Harley is stolen, I want to know so I can keep my Harley better protected.” Crowston asked that at least for each piece of “bad” news the station should report positive happenings as well. Though the station is a public service, its core is entertainment, with an additional aim of informing and attracting tourists to stop as they pass through. Reports on every local petty crime could hinder that. For now the station will look into getting on the Sheriff’s distribution list and see what type and how much information that will bring to them.
If you have ideas about what you’d like to hear on KSHD or if you think you should have your own show that will for sure get folks to tune in; email Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org.