Low-Power Radio in Alameda is Here!
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ENCINAL PRESENTATION: ACR Board members Nanette Deetz and Peter Franck joined with representatives of AUSD (Alameda Unified School District) in a formal presentation of plans for the radio station at the August 23rd meeting of the school district’s Board of Trustees. The plans for the new studio, the new transmitter and the facilities and timesharing arrangements between ACR and Encinal High School were explained to Board Trustees Henneberry, Lym, Hu, and Kahn. The Board Members asked a number of good questions about the plans and seemed generally pleased with the progress of this project. (A Facility Sharing agreement between the AUSD Board and ACR was signed in June 2016). 

ANTENNA IS HERE: ACR Board Chair Peter Franck took delivery of the three-bay antenna and associated parts. He was able to drive them back to Alameda, where preparations are taking place for the erection of the ACR/AUSD antenna at Alameda Ave. between Park and Oak streets.

MASONIC HALL INSTALLATION PLANNED: Members of the ACR Board meet with the board of the Masonic Hall Association of Alameda to brief them on final plans for installation of the ACR/AUSD antenna on their building at 2312 Alameda Ave. Installation of the antenna on the Masonic building is in accordance with an agreement and contract between ACR and the Masonic Association entered into in September 2013. The ACR representatives discussed questions of logistics, power and the like with the Masons and expressed our gratitude to them for their support in bringing this new Alameda institution to life. ACR was represented by Board Members Schutz, Harris, and Franck. Masonic Board Chair Daniel Roschnotti welcomed the group.

STUDIO START-UP: ACR and Encinal are sharing production and broadcast studios. Two state of the art studios have been constructed in a renovated room on the Encinal High School campus.  One studio will be used for on-air programming, the other for audio production.  In addition, there is a small production work station for programming preparation.   Encinal students are being trained on how to use the equipment.  Soon, KACR personnel will be doing the same in preparation for our launch date.

The Next Great Thing: KACR 96.1FM

Here's the challenge. We still need to raise $4,000 to install our transmitter and antenna.
There are 76,419 people in Alameda. If they all chipped in, that's only 6 cents each. But not everybody will (yet), so we're looking for 40 more special households to join our Founder's Circle with a $100 donation to get that launch party going.
Will you be one of them?  Go to our project's fiscal sponsor donation page and do what you can. 

Founder's Circle donations can be made all at once, or if finances are tight, with a recurring monthly donation of a modest $8.33 a month.
Can you get in the ground floor now and be a co-founder?
Read more about us and the low-power radio revolution at
KACR won’t be on the air in time unless 40 more Alameda households step up now to make it happen. Please be one of them and join the Founders Circle today.

All Founders Circle members will get two tickets to the KACR launch party and an invite to an in-person or online focus group so we can hear your ideas to shape this exciting project.

From Barry Schutz, Len Harris, Nik Orfanos, Nanette Bradley Deetz, Peter Franck, the KACR board/staff team.

How Did We Get a Station for Alameda?

The Local Community Radio Act (LCRA) passed Congress and was signed by President Obama in 2010 after years of effort by media activists. It opened a one-time historic application window for nonprofits and community organizations to request low-power radio licenses, a window that may never open again. A group of Alameda neighbors started meeting five long years ago after the passage of the law to make sure Alameda didn't miss out.

What are Low Power FM Stations?

Low Power FM (LPFM) is a new kind of radio, recognized by Congress and the FCC to fill the need for small, local stations which are community based to allow local broadcasters to serve their local neighborhoods. They address the interests of specific groups and provide a forum for news and debate about important local issues. LPFM stations have worked closely with local emergency services (for example during Katrina) to save lives and rebuild communities following natural disasters and can focus on local public safety needs. LPFM stations basically do what mega-radio networks such as CBS or NPR cannot: provide local news and meet local needs.

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