Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Help Raise The Bar(n) For Radio With WRFU

The Noiseboy himself, Doug Hoepker, is leading the charge for low-power FM radio in Urbana with WRFU. In order to get the station moving financially, they're going to throw what Andy Warhol would like to call "a happening." Here are the details straight from the man himself.

I'm putting together a benefit concert for WRFU, Radio Free Urbana, a new low-power community station on the FM dial (104.5) that will be going on the air in mid-November. For more info on the station, see www.wrfu.net. But in short, we'll be similar to WEFT in that we'll be set up to empower the Champaign-Urbana community to step behind the microphone and do their thing. But unlike WEFT, we will not feature any significant daypart programming: we're completely free-form! Our schedule is filling up fast, and features music programming (from rock to hip hop to Latin to electronic), talk shows, community news, and much more. If you interested in getting your own show, we still have spots open. Head to the web site for more info.

Prometheus, a national organziation dedicated to the advancement of low-power stations, is helping with our barnraising, which is from November 11-13. At the event, people from around the midwest will be able to attend and participate in a variety of discussions and demonstrations, from a philosophical, political, or technical standpoint (we'll actually be "building" the station that weekend). By the time the weekend is over, WRFU will be on the air!

But, we still need to raise some funds to be able to pull off this event and build our studio. While we've been blessed to have a good deal of equipment donated, there's a few high-priced items that can't be donated that we need to purchase. Hence, the benefit concert.

I've put together a varied lineup of regional bands, including Shipwreck, who are one of C-U's best up-and-coming bands. Here's the details:

Who: Tractor Kings (headliner; with their brand-spanking new lineup), Shipwreck (atmospheric rock featuring Harman Jordan, formerly of The Buzzards), and The Infinity Room (indie rock from Millikin University in Decatur that will appeal to fans of early Radiohead).
When: Thursday, Oct. 6, 9pm doors/10pm show.
Where: Cowboy Monkey in downtown Champaign.
How much: $6.

Band sites: www.myspace.com/thetractorkings, www.shipwreckband.com, ww.theinfinityroom.com.
Venue site: www.cowboy-monkey.com

We'll be raffling off gift certificates from various local businesses and record labels, so there's a good chance that you might not go home empty handed.


At 8:24 AM, October 06, 2005, Blogger thenoiseboy said...

Thanks for the post. I don't know if I know you or not. Either way, introduce yourself tonight if you make it out. If you don't know me, just ask around and you'll find someone who knows me eventually.

At 9:06 PM, October 06, 2005, Blogger greymatter said...

You're more than welcome. Anything I can do to support music. I post anonymously because I don't want to be seen as some blowhard with an agenda. I'm here only to help. Keep the tips coming, and I'll post 'em. Same goes for everyone. All appropriate press releases will be posted.

Doug, let's just say you helped me make an important decision one September day in 2003.

At 8:31 AM, October 07, 2005, Blogger thenoiseboy said...

"Doug, let's just say you helped me make an important decision one September day in 2003."

--Wow, that sounds eerie. I hope my "advice" was rewarding, like you lost your virginity as a result of it or something...

At 8:32 AM, October 07, 2005, Blogger thenoiseboy said...

Wait a sec...I'm starting to put 2s and 2s together to get bigger numbers. I think I may know who you are now. =) We need to bump into each other at a bar soon and catch up.


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