A note to those new to Kickstarter - if we don't reach our goal, you WON'T be charged.
Krypton Radio is the only science fiction / comics radio station in the world. Out of a planet full of podcasts and radio shows, we’re the only station. And that’s a shame, because science fiction, fantasy, gaming and comics fans are some of the most creative in the world.
Science fiction, fantasy, comics and gamer fans are wildly creative, yet so much of this creative work languishes, unable to find its audience. And it’s not because fans aren’t looking for the stuff other fans do. It’s a big Internet out there.
That’s why Krypton Radio is so important. It's a lens, bringing both fannish creators and audience into focus for the other, and in the three years since we first went on the air, we have become a focal point for much of this mad electrified creativity.
Why We Need Your Help
We're an internet radio station, and that means we need both a radio stream and a web presence. We use:
- Graphic designers
- Talent scouts
- Disk jockeys
- Sound engineers
- Voice actors
- Social media people
Its a labor of love for all these people who come together to bring you great new stuff every single day - it's all done by volunteers. Nobody gets paid. It’s something of a miracle that the station even exists with these kinds of daily challenges.
But to go any higher, we need your help to bridge the gap between what we can do working completely volunteer and unfunded, and what we know we could do if we had the resources. And unfortunately for us, at the moment that's a pretty big gap. That's where you can come to our rescue.
Our Goal: $6,600
The first thing - the most important thing - Krypton Radio needs to do is to grow its audience. This will let us help the authors, musicians, artists and filmmakers reach Fandom around the world.
$6,600 would pay for mixers, microphones and other audio equipment, music for our on-air library, computers for media and content creation, and the station’s technical operating costs for a year. We could greatly improve the quality of the station’s content and attract more listeners. It would also free up money we’re already spending for basic survival so we can use it to expand the fan base of the station itself. More people should know about us.
This will help us sell ads and sponsorships, and that can help make Krypton Radio self-sustaining on its own. But we need a leg up to get us to this phase, so that’s why this is our minimum goal. If nothing else happens, we need at least this much help.
Stretch Goal #1: 'The Event Horizon'
This is kind of embarrassing.
We got so much interest in our proposed weekly panel show, 'The Event Horizon', that instead of waiting, we're just going to go ahead and try this without the extra funds that our first stretch goal of $11,900 would have provided. We have been turning away requests from people who want to appear on Krypton Radio right and left, because we don’t have a show to put them on. If we work smarter and not harder, we might be able to pull this off. Certainly, the fandom community is making its wishes known, and from everything we're being told this show is very much wanted.
The Event Horizon is already in preproduction, and the show's pilot episode aired last week on Saturday, 9PM, November 24th. We recorded it right there at LOSCON 39 where we were sponsoring our own panel.
Think of The Event Horizon as a rolling convention panel with special guests and speakers each week - except without the convention. The show features science fiction and fantasy writers, filmmakers, fan guests and creative people from all over the science fiction and comics creative spectrum.
We projected that this will cost about $3,500 a year to produce - if we’re careful. If we get $ 11,900 as a first stretch goal from this campaign, we will have enough to cover both our basic technical costs and production for The Event Horizon for one year. If we don't reach this funding level, we're still going to proceed, though it will be harder for us and we may not be able to produce a new show each week.
Episodes of the show will be recorded live at various conventions around the southwestern United States, and show archives will be made available as downloads after each episode has aired.
The Bottom Line
We’re in a unique position. Nobody’s ever stood on this spot before. There has never been a better time to try this, and with all the amazing people that have gathered together to do it, there has never been a better team.
Help us create something wonderful. You personally can make a mark in the world by helping us rise - and as we rise, so too will everyone around us, and you can play a part in that.
Let’s make some history.
Risks and challenges
We have a clear vision of how we're going to rise, and what we're going to do to get there, and the kind of fan-run radio station we want Krypton Radio to be. We're already on the path. We just need a little boost to help us gain altitude.
We still have to solve technology problems that will come with getting thousands of listeners at a time, and reaching that critical mass that will make the project self sustaining. And with those changes will come changes in the way we manage the business aspects, adapting as we grow into new roles in the Fandom community.
The second subscribers-only ad-free stream idea is one that frankly I'm not sure is going to work. We face the two-fold problem of solving the unique identification of subscribers with getting a high enough adoption of the subscription stream idea to make the whole operation self sustaining. But the first is mostly a matter of working out an account authentication system that certifies each subscriber connection, and the second is mostly a matter of plain old promotional work. They're both puzzles to solve, but they're both solvable, and I think we can do it, because other services have done it. This is well trodden ground.
I recently spoke with the manager of a comic book store in Burbank, California, who said that he played Krypton Radio in the afternoons at the store - so I think we can create a (very low cost) pay service for comic book and memorabilia stores across the country. I believe that this aspect of the business alone could fuel the entire station if we can work this technology out and get it set up and selling.
I'm confident that we can meet these challenges. I personally have background in a wide variety of practical and fine arts, animation, film making, game design, internet technology and computer programming, along with decades of experience in other roles - and much of that leading teams of people.
But more importantly, I am blessed to be working with one of the most sensational team of creative crazies that I personally have ever seen, and together I believe we have limitless potential. We're fans ourselves and we freely communicate and share ideas with fans like us every single day.
Krypton Radio is by fans, and for the fans. That includes you. People like you can be part of the team - we don't have to sit separately and quietly wonder to ourselves what might have happened or how our lives might have gone. We can join together to make something wonderful, and we can all rise together. And that's the whole point of all of this.
- Gene Turnbow
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