KSVG Radio 89.7 FM
Presented by The Empty Space and Kern Community Radio
Bakersfield, California to Receive New Community Radio Station.
KSVG Radio 87.9fm Receives FCC NCE Construction Permit.
Starts Fund Raising Drive to Acquire Construction Costs.
Bakersfield, California December 21. 2009 --- The FCC on November 5th of 2009 granted KSVG Kern Community Radio a NCE (non-commercial educational) permit to construct a new community radio station in the Bakersfield area.
With a FCC deadline to be on the air in full operation of November 5th, 2012, the Kern Community Radio organization along with The Empty Space as its governing board will go ahead with putting on the air, what could be possibly be, the last new radio station in the Kern County area. There is no more room on the FM spectrum to accommodate any new full operational radio stations. KSVG fm plans to provide local community radio programming, which the Kern county area is lacking in such an area. Apart from FM commercial broadcasting there is no local representation or programming, and with the NCE stations Kern County currently has, all programming is piped in from outside organizations from Fresno and national religious interest groups. The city of license is Mettler, California, with broadcast power of 180 watts ERP. Antenna power will be solar to save costs and help the environment.
KSVG is founded by Jake Chavez and Greg Looney. Jake and Greg started this project July 11th 2006 with interest in the FCC opening their last application windows for starting a new NCE radio station. The last NCE window was over 25 years ago The KSVG application was submitted October 18th 2007 and was dismissed a month later. A Petition for Reconsideration was filed then accepted for filing on December 10th 2007. The application then remained in the FCC office for nearly two years until being granted November 5th 2009.
With a organizational deadline to be on the air by January 2011, KSVG is to start fundraising immediately, and will plan on many different ways to raise funds to build the new community radio station. Grant writing, fundraising events, and monetary and car donations will be part of the fundraising effort. With the combination of funds raised and grants matching funds it is possible to raise the money quickly. KSVG plans to raise $300,000 to complete construction, and a starting yearly budget will of $90,000. Operational costs will be raised by a combination of underwriting sponsors, donations and grants. KSVG plans to use this page as a main focal point in the fund raising plan. All the information needed is provided on the "Donate" page.
Community involvement is the key. This radio station is for the people of Bakersfield and they may mold it as it grows. What the people put into it is what they will receive. The staff at KSVG want to bring people back to radio. Today’s radio is formatted and mass produced and even in the non-commercial radio spectrum has been overrun by big money religious groups and public radio non-profits. KSVG plans to provide an eclectic music format and educational programming and talk. Some national radio shows will be available. The new radio station will also encourage Bakersfield College or California State University Bakersfield to start broadcast courses and will set aside time to allow their students to use KSVG as a lab for hands on broadcast training.
KSVG is a local non-profit radio station looking to raise construction costs. The plan is get on the air as soon as possible and give the people of Bakersfield a new and exciting radio station.
Fund raising is THE key to getting your new station on the air. It is our job to raise money and get everyone who is interested in freeing radio to help us out. We have various fund raising ideas and many plans to create a true community radio station for Bakersfield and its greater areas. Some of the ideas we have are from writing grants, benefit concerts and events, donations (car or funding), and more. One amazing purpose for our radio station is to assist our local businesses. Our purpose is to give back to the community. For businesses we give daily recognition on the air and for our listeners we provide innovative programming: Both musical and educational. We are not concerned with radio format at the moment but are most concerned about getting KSVG Radio on the air for everyone to enjoy.
Jake Chavez and Greg Looney, the founders of KSVG
would like to thank everyone for their support
and the future support of KSVG 89.7.