Prometheus Radio Project to host Radio Barnraising with WGXC

Prometheus Radio Project teams with WGXC to hold our 12th community radio barnraising later this year! Radio barnraisings are weekend-long radio-building and movement-building events. Individuals from the local community and participatory media folks from around the country come together to share ideas, experiences, and skills in the launching of a community radio station.

The overwhelming majority of the airwaves have been reserved for a powerful few who take advantage of the complicated technical and political system of media regulation. This inequity in our media system is a reflection of larger structural inequalities in our society. Prometheus’s mission is to build participatory radio as a tool for social justice organizing and a voice for community expression. We work for media justice, seeking to diversify control of the media as a necessary step towards a more equitable distribution of power and resources. We value radio because it is easy to produce, free to consume, and accessible to more people across the world than any other mass media, and we work to help grassroots organizations build communications infrastructure to strengthen their communities and movements.

Prometheus has supported hundreds of community organizations to apply for non-commercial low power FM (LPFM) radio licenses, as well as full power non-commercial license (full power stations). We have also helped build stations, either through providing resources and support or through radio barnraisings, where hundreds of volunteers gather to build a radio station of the course of a few days. These radio barnraisings have helped groups build their base while training a new generation of media organizers across the country. Prometheus has held barnraisings all over the county with eleven groups over the past eight years. These stations have encompassed everything from farmworker unions to civil rights organizations to rural arts groups.

WGXC: Hands-On Radio is a community-run media project in New York’s Greene and Columbia counties. Over 78,000 potential listeners will be able to receive WGXC’s FM signal on 90.7-FM once the station gets on the air with the Prometheus Barnraising in the last week of September. WGXC will be much more than just a radio station, with regular exhibitions and events, ongoing media trainings for our community’s youth and adults, a news blog, and a local calendar of events, community meetings, and resources. The station will serve a media-deprived area between Albany and New York City, a mostly rural area deeply rooted in agriculture and small industry with small urban centers, and home to a thriving music and arts community. WGXC will be the first radio station of its kind in the area created by and for people who live in the community. With local newspapers and independent media outlets rapidly disappearing from the area, this station offers a important opportunity for journalists and community members to get the training needed to produce high quality local news, as well as the outlet for that information to air.

WGXC will serve as an on-air arena where different and conflicting points of view can come together to share perspectives, acting as a local “trading post” for historic, creative, playful, and informative content. WGXC will provide the tools to make voices heard, and become a vehicle to build understanding. The station will be uniquely decentralized with three main studios spread out across the listening range, allowing broader access and participation from residents of both counties. Partnerships are already forming with schools, music venues, and town halls to live feed from various locations, furthering the scope of the station.

WGXC’s mission is to cultivate and to preserve the unique character of our area, the voices, and conversations of Greene and Columbia county residents, especially those that are rarely heard. “Hands-on Radio” captures the essence of this project. WGXC’s participatory environment will bring to life the idea that media is not something that is fed to us, but something we create with our own hands, hearts, and minds.

Feed the Radio fundraiser today in Germantown


Lady Moon and the Eclipse (Evan Randall, Peter Lindstrom, Ngonda Badila, Milandou Badila)
Moonlight in Paris (Lady Moon and Young Paris)
Hi NRG with Giorgio
DJ Dance Party
(Sound by Tom Morini)


Making radio: real live tools for real local radio
Meet upstairs in the barn.
From asking good questions to pressing the right buttons, we’ll be producing some short interviews and field recordings while engaging the skills needed to make radio that really represents. Dharma Daily and Emily Bennison will share their expertise and lead us through.

Joining the airwaves: The WGXC radio station “barnraising”
Meet downstairs in the barn.
Capacity Building for Community Building:
WGXC community radio is really rolling. The station launch date is set for late September, and Prometheus Radio Project has chosen us to collaborate with to produce a huge event called a Radio barnraising. Radio barnraisings are weekend-long radio building and movement building events. Individuals from the local community and participatory media folks from around the country come together to share ideas, experiences, and skills in the launching of a community radio station. This is an extremely exciting opportunity for those interested in community radio to get involved and get trained! Come find out more about this event, see a couple short films of other barnraisings, and become a part of making it happen. Cory Fischer-Hoffman of Prometheus Radio Project and Kaya Weidman of WGXC: Hands-On Radio will guide us through.

Food and farmland access
Our regional resources and strategies meet by the tables or in the house
With Ashley Loehr of Fog and Thistle CSA and some other farmers.

Farm Tours

Meet by the washstand next to the barn.
Cruise around the property with the farmers here on the land and hear of the successes, as well as the trials and tribulations of the soil, the seasons, breaking new ground, marketing, and various earthly forces that affect what they grow, how they grow, and what happens.

Labor of Love: get yer hands dirty!
Meet at the greenhouse.

With the farmers: Don’t feel like going to a workshop, and just want to get your hands in the dirt? Luckily, there’s plenty to do! Come see the glamorous side of farming by picking rocks and planting potatoes, and help the farmers enjoy the party by getting some big work done.

Tune in today live from Germantown Community Farm.
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WIOX tests signal

Recently testing began on where [the WIOX] signal can reach. The signal is strong in Fleischmanns, Margaretville, and Andes….tests [continue] over the next few weeks in the other directions….WIOX will have a booth at the Roxbury Sidewalk Festival.

Deadline for WGXC program applications


  • WGXC Program Application
    Download PDF to apply to host a show on WGXC.E-mail or mail them in to or WGXC, 5662 Rt. 23, Acra, NY 12405.

    Program Applications received:

  • JoAnn Piazzi and Peter Lerner (Windham)
  • Interview show: Politicians, officials, volunteers, activists.

  • John Cleater (Columbiaville)
  • Music: international psychedelic music from 1969.

  • Matthew Slaats (Staatsburg)
  • Arts Talk: Hudson Valley arts.

  • Max Goldfarb (Hudson)
  • “Incident Report”: soundworks, talks, interviews.

  • Terence Doyle (Delhi)
  • “Imprint” regional music show.

  • Chrissy Budzinski (Catskill)
  • Music: local music.

  • Laura Kunreuther and Max Goldfarb (Hudson)
  • Jeffrey P. Moore (Copake)
  • Music: alternative, electronic, chill.

  • Bear (New Baltimore)
  • Kaleidoscopic quilt of sonic ear and mind candy.

  • Tony Fallon (Durham)
  • Music: Irish.

  • Jason Costello (Freehold)
  • Music: hair metal bands.

  • Linda Karlsson (Catskill)
  • Health and wellness.

  • Jim McCabe (Claverack)
  • Music: “The Tiki Bar”: Cocktails, tropical drinks, entertainment, always a relaxing island atmosphere.

  • Ted Banta (Cairo)
  • Local real estate.

  • Christina Malisoff (Hudson)
  • Interview show: authors, artists, activists, unnoticed.

  • Sandy McKnight (Hudson)
  • Talk/music with local guests from the arts.

  • Andrew Amelinckx (Catskill)
  • History, art, literature.

  • Studio Stu (Kingston)
  • Music: jazz improv.

  • Barbara Sturman (Lexington)
  • Teen radio, interviews, etc.

  • Steve Charney (Saugerties)
  • Children’s/family comedy show

  • Bill Schmick (Hillsdale)
  • Business and finance.

  • Randy J. Hinz (Columbiaville)
  • Sonny Rock (Windham)
  • Music: local and national independent bands.

  • Susan Robinson (Hudson)
  • Music: House, international, ’70s + ’80s new wave.

  • Francis Robles (Athens)
  • Music: Dance, electro, techno, turntablism.

  • Agroforesty Center (Acra)
  • “Living with the Land”: regional farming and forestry historical and current.

  • Susan Arbetter (Albany)
  • “The Capitol Pressroom”: state government news.

  • Jackie Thomas (Hudson)
  • Music: “Sunday Afternoon” with local, national, and international music.

  • Matt Harle (Beacon)
  • Found sounds, field recordings, music from the Hudson Valley.

  • Cairo Library (Cairo)
  • Children’s reading program, music, and more.

  • Rob Johanson (Hudson)
  • Music: Live recordings from the Red Dot Open Mic (Wednesdays), and other local and regional music and recordings.

  • Brian Branigan (Hudson)
  • “The WGXC Flea” on-air flea market.

  • Dominic Merante (Hudson)
  • Music: Local and national country music.

  • Mark Read (?)
  • Music: music and political conversation.

  • Alan Skerrett (Philmont)
  • Music: jazz, from big band to fusion.

  • Nancy Annette Massey Marron (Cornwallville)
  • Etiquette and social skills.

  • Chuck Sussman (Philmont)
  • Music: Local music.

  • Reggie Madison (Athens)
  • Music: Jazz.

  • Deborah McDowell/Marc Schafler (Hudson)
  • Music: Live from Club Helsinki.

  • Peter Wetzler (Kingston)
  • Music: “Sound Forms” new music composers from around the world.

  • Dawn Collins (Stuyvesant)
  • Music: interview/intentional and transformational music.

  • Dan Seward (Hudson)
  • Music: “Battlefield Earth:” all types of music.

  • Elizabeth Hess (Spencertown)
  • On companion animals and farm animals.

  • Stephanie Hartka (Hudson)
  • Music: Latin American.

  • Michael Gogger (Coxsackie)
  • Psychic show.

  • Norman Douglas (Hudson)
  • Experimental, free-format series: interview and oral history, audio collage, etc.

  • Severine von Tscharner Fleming (?)
  • “Greenhorn Radio:” Hudson Valley-based show for under-40 farmers.

  • Vicki Lagoudis (Catskill)
  • Talk show on alternative healing or spiritual/psychic.

  • Ann Forbes Cooper (Catskill)
  • Interview show: arts and culture.

  • Hank Flick (Hudson)
  • Music: “Excursions with Lunar Moss:” experimental pop and rock.

    E-mail applications by May 1 to or mail them to WGXC, 5662 Rt. 23, Acra, NY 12405.

    Mother Fletcher make WDST finals

    Hudson band Mother Fletcher will be in Woodstock Tuesday recording a video for radio station WDST (100.1-FM), according to the band’s Facebook page, as they fight out Elysium Theory and 4 Gun Ridge for a chance to play the station’s Mountain Jam festival. Fifteen bands were in the last round, and Mother Fletcher finished in the top three of a public internet vote. Go here to register to vote.

    Roxbury community station on the air soon

    (WIOX engineer Dan Kelleher in the Roxbury station’s new studio.)

    New Roxbury community radio station WIOX held a station meeting Saturday morning at their new studios in the town’s Masonic Hall, and announced they will begin test broadcasting on weekends this June, with full-time shows on after Labor Day. The station will broadcast on 91.7-FM in Delaware County, just west of Greene County.

    FCC awards WBCR full-power

    Paul Riismandel in Radio Survivor reports Great Barrington’s low-power WBCR (97.7-FM) has been granted an upgrade to full-power by the Federal Communications Commission.

    Albany talk station WROW disappears

    Monday Albany Broadcasting began simulcasting light-rock station Magic FM (100.9 FM) on 590-AM, killing WROW and the talk radio format that had been there 16 years, Chris Churchill in the Albany Times-Union reports. The station had a few Capitol Region-based hosts and also ran syndicated shows from conservative talk show hosts such as Glenn Beck and Dennis Miller.

    Murphy votes for Local Community Radio Act

    Yesterday the U.S House of Representatives passed on a voice vote, HR 1147, the Local Community Radio Act of 2009. This bill will expand the low-power FM program, and allow communities throughout the country to have access to their own airwaves via their own community radio stations. A spokesman for Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY20), who represents Greene and Columbia counties, says the congressman supported the measure. Now Senate bill 592 must pass that half of Congress before the bill goes to President Obama for a signature or veto.