After broadcasting out of a Wallingford house for the better part of three years, independent online broadcaster Hollow Earth Radio is growing up and moving out to a new public studio in the Central District.
"[It] will definitely increase the scope of our programming," says station cofounder Garrett Kelly about the upcoming relocation. "We'll be able to accommodate more volunteers during early and late hours. We're also going to be able to have more bands come in and play on-air. This is something that we're already doing, but on a smaller scale for the sake of our poor, forgiving neighbors."
"Now that we have the space," he continues, "we have a lot of opportunities to offer workshops, and we've been brainstorming all the possible things we can do—radio/media activism, music-instrument building, throat-singing classes, whatever."
Before Hollow Earth can move in this August, the new space needs some work—new tile, carpet, paint, and soundproofing. They also need to build a sound booth, shelving for their music library, and a computer station for editing. So the volunteer-run station is asking for the public's help. It's trying to raise $3,500 by July 9, which will help offset the costs of construction and (if there's any money left over) the new monthly rent.
"Moving into our own space will mean that our rent will double," says Kelly. "We are ready for this. We will put on more fundraisers and write more grants. We rely on listener donations as well, and that's worked out for us so far."
Even with all the updates, Kelly says the station's mission will stay the same. "We will remain free-form radio forever, and we will always commit to representing the underrepresented music, sounds, and perspectives from the Pacific Northwest."
If you'd like to donate or find out more, visit www.hollowearthradio.org.
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