We accomplished a lot in 2016 and look forward to much more in 2017!
During the first 6 months we obtained equipment, began building out the studio for broadcast launch, and worked with community members assisting with show ideas from original concept to fully produced shows ready for airing.
In February, Rainier Valley Radio hosted “Call to Conscience” a Black History Month event featuring authentic 1800’s African American Code Quilts, and showcased the work of three local African American painters/visual artists: Lawrence Pitre, Kimberly Phillips-Martin, and Eddie Smith (later adding instrument art sculptures by Katie Kurkjy)
Participated in multiple community events including the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival, Beacon Hill Block Party, Beacon Hill Hubfest and Boo Bash.
Threw a “Purple Party” in honor of the artist Prince in May at the Fred WildlifeRefuge, with support of several Rainier Valley Radio staff and show hosts at the event.
Established relationships with the Rainier Chamber of Commerce, Mount Baker Community Club, Filipino Community Center of Seattle, Horn of Africa Services, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, South Seattle Emerald, Seattlish, 206 Rising, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, South Seattle Senior Center, Latino Community Fund of Washington State, El Centro de la Raza, The Seattle Globalist, Crosscut.com, 91.3 KBCS, KNKX Public Radio, KXSU, TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network, Rainier Valley Food Bank, Prim Media Concepts, Jazz Night School and community businesses such as Emerald City Fish & Chips Co., Ingallina's Box Lunch, Pagliacci Pizza, Maya's Mexican Restaurant, and Stubbs Catering among numerous others
Engaged community members in critical volunteer staffing support roles such as Production, News, Engineering, Administration, Marketing, and Sales.
Started to stream online 24/7 at www.KVRU.org and on TuneIn Radio in July 2016.
Launched over 20 locally-created programs including music, talk, children's and multiple languages. Radio stations by The Seattle Channel in September 2016.
Coordinated 13 Political Debates streamed live from our studios, including debates from Presidential, Supreme Court, Congressional, Senator and Legislative District races and Initiatives, plus an interview with the Director of King County Elections.
Received a Feature Piece on King5 News, replayed across their channels in October 2016. CHECK IT OUT HERE
Hosted northwest local low-power FM stations and independent radio stations for National Radio Day - August 20. They enjoyed a CADMA-run youth broadcast, and KNKX’s Ed Ronco came to meet the new stations and cover the event.
Showcased local music talent with 6 Summer Sessions and 4 Winter Sessions, which featured live performances from 18 music acts plus interviews by Tony B, audience interaction, and an accompanying DJ.
Partnered with The CanDo Puppet Company and Mount Baker Community Club in December to produce our first theater production based on Rainier Valley Radio's program "The CanDo's."
And in 2016, our CADMA (Creative Arts Digital Media Academy) Program:
Hosted two CADMA 6-week Summer & Fall classes of high school students through Mayor Ed Murray's Youth Employment Program, supported by Amazon.com. Youth learned broadcast journalism and technical skills to become media content providers, and gained hands-on experience at Rainier Valley Radio events.
Trained over 100 community members including seniors in a variety of media skills, for Free. Classes included Ableton, Journalism, Reporting, Broadcast, DJing, Communications, and Social/Digital Media.
Completed two training programs at Washington Middle School: Connect50, which supplied computers and digital literacy training to African American boys and their guardians; and a CADMA after-school digital media training program where students built a website with their own videos of interviews and articles that they produced.
Co-instructed “Code Your Future” Summer camp at the Northwest African American Museum in partnership with Computing Kids, where middle-schoolers learned Scratch, Coding, and Broadcast Media Skills.
Initiated a CADMA after-school program at Mercer Middle School, where students learn about journalism and media, and interviewed the new CEO of Thrive WA.
Built partnerships with the Seattle Mayor's Office and the Seattle Youth Employment Program as well as with Computing Kids, Amazon and Ableton.
In 2017, Rainier Valley Radio plans to:
► Continue to train community members to produce their own content so that Rainier Valley Radio can truly represent the diverse voices of our SouthEast Seattle community.
► Hit Seattle's airwaves on the LPFM signal.
► Launch a new and improved website at www.RainierValleyRadio.world
►Enjoy our studio based on 23rd and Jackson.
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ABOUT: Rainier Valley Radio is an independent radio station. Our mission is to inform, educate and entertain through locally created and community-supported programming.
Rainier Valley Radio programming priorities are based on our mission and vision, reflecting principles of public interest and cultural diversity.
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