by Michael G. Glab
Welcome to the first issue of the Firehouse News. Written, compiled, and edited by volunteers with the cooperation of WFHB staffers and Board of Directors, Firehouse News brings you inside information about Bloomington’s community radio station.
Firehouse News is a key component of a multi-front effort to bring transparency to our station. We’ll tie in with WFHB’s main website, as well as Facebook and Twitter pages, and the Google groups Spot-Online and Spot-Unleashed. Using these tools, we’ll create a comprehensive and thorough look at all aspects of our community-run, community-owned broadcasting and online operation.
Our articles, profiles, and news items will serve not only the hundreds of active WFHB volunteers, but will help introduce Firehouse Broadcasting to tens of thousands more people in our coverage area, including the Indiana University campus. The more people who get to know about WFHB and its people, the more our volunteer army will grow. With that will come fresh new ideas for programming, exciting new on-air and production talent, and a more involved listener base.
In this first issue, we introduce you to some of the key people who bring grassroots radio programming to our corner of South Central Indiana. They’ll tell us about new developments in programming, challenges in airing music, news and spoken word entertainment in a non-profit environment, and long-term station goals and strategies.
Firehouse News will bring you reports from the Music, News, Engineering, and Volunteer departments. We’ll present the General Manager’s report. We’ll have profiles of volunteer staff and paid staff. We’ll present informative features on the many faces of WFHB. This newsletter will be your lifeline to community radio in South Central Indiana.
Now, when you need to find out about the nuts-and-bolts of a non-profit, community radio operation, you can turn to us. We’ll provide links to the WFHB station bylaws, the activities of its Board of Directors, the Firehouse Broadcasting Strategic Plan, and even our station budget.
Regular issues of Firehouse News will arrive in your inbox four times a year with special issues published at various times. For instance, we already are working on a special issue to cover the upcoming Board of Directors election, the Spring Fund Drive, and the Acoustic Roots Festival. Subscribe to Firehouse News. Tell your friends and family about us. Be a part of Bloomington’s community radio family!