COMMENTARY: CMAP/KQKE Community Radio: A Worthwhile 2015 Resolution

New Low Power FM Radio Station Will Help San Benito County Find Its Voice in 2015

Community Media Access Partnership (CMAP TV) is moving forward with the establishment of Low Power FM (LPFM) radio in Hollister in 2015 thanks to the efforts of Bob Reid and others. What a great opportunity for San Benito County to 'find its voice' and broadcast news, information, music, performing arts, special events and public opinion to the greater population of our community.

What is Community Radio? According to Wikipedia: 

"Community radio is a radio service offering a third model of radio broadcasting in addition to commercial and public broadcasting. Community stations serve geographic communities and communities of interest. They broadcast content that is popular and relevant to a local, specific audience but is often overlooked by commercial or mass-media broadcasters. Community radio stations are operated, owned, and influenced by the communities they serve. They are generally nonprofit and provide a mechanism for enabling individuals, groups, and communities to tell their own stories, to share experiences and, in a media-rich world, to become creators and contributors of media.

In many parts of the world, community radio acts as a vehicle for the community and voluntary sector, civil society, agencies, NGOs and citizens to work in partnership to further community development aims, in addition to broadcasting. There is legally defined community radio (as a distinct broadcasting sector) in many countries, such as France, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and Ireland. Much of the legislation has included phrases such as "social benefit", "social objectives" and "social gain" as part of the definition. Community radio has developed differently in different countries, and the term has somewhat different meanings throughout the world."

Community radio has the potential to strengthen community participation with timely news and information and will get the word out about community events such as the San Benito County Fair, Hollister Motorcycle Rally, the Saddle Horse Show, Seasonal programs at the Pinnacles National Park, historical celebrations in San Juan Bautista, the San Benito Olive Festival, Lights On Celebration and much more.

But I think one of the most exciting things about the forthcoming community radio station is the opportunity for the community to find its voice and celebrate its diverse culture. 

Dr. Stephen R. Covey was one of America's most successful thinkers and authors regarding human potential, values, ethics and life purpose. He wrote extensively about universal, timeless principles that have stood the test of time with millions of people around the world and will continue to do so in the future. According to Dr. Covey, the ability for humanity to find its voice is the essence of discovering personal happiness, developing one's true sense of self worth and purpose, facilitates and promotes innate talents and enhances the creative spirit. 

Click here to read Covey's "4 Steps to Finding Your Voice."

So I am excited for the community of San Benito County and the opportunity of CMAP/KQKE community radio in 2015. We already have a sense of who we are as a community. Through philanthropy and the support of non-profit organizations and other good works, we contribute to the framework, culture and character and define our collective identity.

KQKE/community radio will provide the opportunity to broadcast our collective voice, celebrate our talents, provide news, information and perspective and the ability to discuss and debate important topics of community interest in 2015.

This New Year, you are encouraged to make a simple and mutually beneficial resolution to help your community. Join and support CMAP TV/KQKE community radio and help San Benito County find its voice and broadcast the essence of our collective character to the majority population of our community. 

Michael Smith

Pro-economic growth, pro-music, pro-science, pro-retirement.