THE VOICE OF SAN JOAQUIN, KVSJ continues to be a community-supported organization building a grassroots radio station. This station is building a model of programming filling needs that other media do not address and providing progressive orientated programming to our diverse community.
The San Joaquin Valley area does not have one public radio station with locally-originated programming. All current non-commercial radio programming comes from outside the community. The many vibrant ethnic, musical, social and political communities that exist in this area do not have a voice, a place to express themselves. The Voice of San Joaquin, a local internet radio station, is concentrating on covering local issues concerning this valley region including community public affairs, creating a forum to educate people regarding local issues, and providing exposure for local musicians. It brings diverse communities together for dialog, entertainment and education. It offers educational radio experience to local students from San Joaquin Delta College and the University of Pacific and collaborates on regional radio projects with Common Frequency, a non-profit organization working to promote democratic access to broadcast media. The Voice of Stockton provides locally produced news, sports and public affairs from well-trained volunteers in addition to music programming drawn from local musicians and from the largest station record library in California. We are beginning our station on the internet and will work to gain access to terrestrial powered radio frequencies with financial help from you, the community!
The Voice of San Joaquin radio council will generate funds through local fundraising events, local business sponsors, community pledges, listener memberships, grants, underwriters, program sponsors, on-air fundraising, foundation support, word of mouth, corporate sponsors and sales of community radio paraphernalia. All funds will support this Peace & Justice Network 501C3 non-profit radio station which in turn will prove to be a valuable marketing tool for investors. We have the potential to reach over 300,000 listeners in the Stockton area and I-5 south of Stockton, providing information on products from agriculture, retail, and services. Listeners will become more aware of what services are available, what activities are going on and where the best local businesses are located as result of sponsorships to the radio.
The Radio Council plans to conduct listener surveys involving all sectors of the community to determine programming. Our programming will include community education, opportunities to network, as well as multi-lingual content. The station will greatly enhance the lives of our listeners, bringing our communities together supporting local businesses.
The Radio Council has many talented local community members and organizations who volunteer their time for our radio project, including experience in electronics, project management, music, education, mass media, journalism, research marketing, online and on air experience and in radio education classes. The Radio Council is in the process of qualifying an experienced management team to staff our various organizational vacancies. We are collaborating with Common Frequency, students from Delta College, and University of Pacific and with other nearby community radio stations.
The tasks before us include: acquiring equipment for the station, developing a larger council base, continuing to raise funds and establish programming for on-line broadcasting. Our long range plans include a transmitter and broadcasting on the radio waves! We have an established core of dedicated volunteers, eager to build a community radio station. There are many musicians and local residents with ideas for exciting programs. Our number one obstacle is having more dedicated, knowledgeable people who can add to the focus and bring their expertise to work with us through this development period. If you fit this description and are interested in working with us, please contact Clay Leander at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website: http://sjConnections.news
KVSJ Mission Statement
The guiding principles of KVSJ Community Radio:
- KVSJ shall be a model of programming, filling needs that other media do not, providing programming to diverse communities and unserved or underserved groups. KVSJ shall provide access and training to those communities.
- KVSJ‘s news and public affairs programming shall place an emphasis on providing a forum for undercovered or neglected perspectives on important local, national, and international issues, reflecting KVSJ‘s values of peace, justice, democracy, and human rights, multiculturalism, environmentalism, freedom of expression, and social change.
- KVSJ‘s arts, cultural, and music programming shall cover a wide spectrum of expression from traditional to experimental, and reflect the diverse cultures KVSJ serves. KVSJ shall strive for spontaneity and programming excellence, both in content and technique.
The Voice of San Joaquin Radio Council
Acting Station Manager:
Assistant Development Director:
Radio Broadcasting Consultant: Clay Leander
The Voice of San Joaquin radio council meets every fourth Thursday, 7 p.m. at the Peace & Justice Center 231 Bedford Rd/off the Miracle Mile, Stockton, CA.