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Topics and Issues of great importance to RFA.
Race and Gender issues. RFA will give a voice to everyone. This also includes the LGBT community.
Arts and Culture. This includes literary arts, programs about dance, theatre and traditional painting, folk art, sculpture, etc.
Sound Art/Noise. This covers everything from experiments in sound art to artists that push the boundaries of that thing we call music.
Local Politics, Community Issues. – This will be a little more difficult, while Birmingham has enough going on to produce a weekly show, other areas of Alabama might only be able to muster up a few minutes that is why I would like to have “weekly round up” type show divided into segments covering different regions in Alabama.
Documentaries – Besides cultural programming around the arts I would like to reach out to local documentarians to produce audio docs on a variety of topics.
Children’s Programming – I would very much like to have some type of children’s programming along the lines of “Rabbit Ears Radio”- where celebrities read children’s books, or something to that effect.
Traditional Music programs – Though we will focus heavily on non traditional radio we will also feature several music programs. The main difference is I would like our programming to focus specifically on local artists in the Region. This will involve reaching out to local record labels, recording artists and local studios.
Radio Drama – This is something near and dear to my heart. I will be personally heading up this division and I will be working with Radio Drama companies and producers in the greater Southeast region. I would like to feature programming from all over the world as well as sponsor locally produced shows. Radio Drama is the new wave of theatre, with rising production costs, long rehearsal process , and many other issues- there are a great number of traditional theatre companies and playwrights turning to this medium to get their message
Radio Free Alabama & Monolith Radio
Radio Free Alabama is a not for profit consortium of producers, musicians, dramatists, and artists. Together we have created a new radio station in the Birmingham area that services the greater Alabama and Southeast area. Radio Free Alabama aims to provide an accessible, sustainable and accountable community radio service for Central and West Alabama focusing on the needs of diverse groups and individuals. Marginalized and unrepresented by local radio, we will build a platform for discussion and empowerment through a diverse mix of locally relevant speech and music programs. While most internet radio stations focus on music we will mainly be focusing on cultural programming addressing the needs and concerns of under-served communities. We will be heavily focused on providing alternative programming such as panel discussions, talk shows, comedy, audio drama, documentaries , as well as programming centered around arts and literature – from poetry and fiction to the plastic arts and dance.Of course there will still be music but unlike most stations we will only feature music from local and regional record labels and we will be featuring everything from the eclectic and ambient to locally produced hip hop and gospel.
Radio Free Alabama is planning to launch Monolith Radio on May 1st at 8pm with a handful of new unique programs and a curated collection from local pod-casters and dramatists from all over the country. While most internet radio stations offer a constant stream with no ability for download or playback we will offer each show as a standalone stream. Downloads will only be available for a small fee but you will be able to access the programmed streaming shows whenever and wherever as well as , pause. Yes that’s right we are bringing 1970’s technology back to your internet radio. You will be able to start, stop, pause, rewind and fast forward all of our programming. Amazing technology, right?
How will all this work?