"The Highlands" Presents:
Andy Weiss, Manager KPFZ 88.1 FM Lake County's Community Radio 2/20/16
The Little Community Radio Station that Did
Andy Weiss, KPFZ Manager + Bonus Footage of Testimonials from Programmers
The topic of this Know Lake County lecture is KPFZ 88.1 FM Lake County's Community Radio's role in the 2015 Valley Fire as told by it's manager Andy Weiss, one of the founders and supporters of KPFZ throughout its 20+ year history. KPFZ's well-earned reputation for engaging conversations with the community on current local topics was brightly buffed and polished during the Valley Fire when many of the programmers volunteered to step up and broadcasted live 24/7 the current information of evacuations, road closures, & clothing/furniture distribution centers. Their dedication to helping in the crisis was a gift for those displaced by the fire who clung to their voices as a lifeline during the time of crisis along with the thousands of listeners on the internet who also tuned in. It was an epiphany for many who disapprove of community radio when it became obvious that the selfless volunteer act of being a beacon to the evacuees earned KPFZ mighty praise all across America as it proved the need for strengthening community wide communications.
In case you are unaware, community radio stations were set up by Congress in 1946 under the jurisdiction of the FCC with the express purpose of giving local communities the opportunity to make their voices heard and to know that people were listening. KPFZ 88.1 FM is Lake County's Community Radio.
When the programmers realized the lines of communication had broken down in the county and that other media sources were relying on canned reports for the evening news, KPFZ programmers Nils Paulson, Betsy Cawn and others stepped up by broadcasting live 24/7 on air (as well as to the world via the internet) for the duration of the fire and the uncertain times of the evacuations, & FEMA. Many evacuees far away from home were able to find comfort in the reports they heard via the live stream on the net and were able to engage in conversations with others who cared about their plight. Their dedication in helping others by broadcasting 24/7 during those scary times is truly commendable.
Current shows and producers can be found on the front door via a printable pdf file so you can put it on your fridge or wherever for quick viewing. The variety will keep you informed and entertained.
Beth Katherine Kaiman LCPTV Interim Station Manager
To learn more about Lake County and it's unique treasures please consider attending future lectures of the Know Lake County series every 3rd Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Lakeport Library February through November.
Each lecture is on a topic of an unique story of Lake County.
Lake County Peg TV
c/o City of Clearlake
14050 Olympic Drive * Clearlake, CA 95422
707-994-8201 ex 109
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