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It’s time Denver had a radio station dedicated entirely to local music, podcasts, news & arts. Help launch Denver Open Media 104.7FM.
The Kickstarter has completed, but you can still get involved! Visit denveropenmedia.org to become a member, and join us June 3rd for our Launch Party!700 Kalamath St. Denver, CO
The Kickstarter has completed, but you can still get involved! Visit denveropenmedia.org to become a member, and join us June 3rd for our Launch Party!700 Kalamath St. Denver, CO
273 backers pledged $25,010 to help bring this project to life.

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What is DOM Radio 104.7?

The Open Media Foundation has teamed up with Denhac to launch a new addition to Denver Open Media: 104.7 FM, a revolutionary radio station created by, operated by, and dedicated to Denver’s creative community. Exclusively for local artists, bands, comics, podcast authors and more, community members create the content, while listeners vote to give the most prime and repeat air-time to the top-rated content.

new denveropenmedia.org website
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DOM 104.7 will be unlike any other radio station on the dial. Dedicated entirely to Denver, there will be no national music, news, or programming… only local content. If you have music, news, or a podcast you want to submit, come on down to 700 Kalamath! The process is unlike any other FM radio station because there are no gatekeepers. Local artists have an unprecedented opportunity to reach new audiences, while the listeners decide what music, news, and radio content they like best at denveropenmedia.org. Have an idea you want to put on the radio? DOM’s state-of-the-art, public access studios are a space for local creatives to collaborate and perform, edit in our community computer labs, and take classes to learn cutting-edge media tools.

Why We Need Your Help:

The Open Media Foundation is a proven leader in launching innovative, community-driven media efforts with limited resources. For Denver Open Media 104.7 FM, OMF has teamed up with Denhac, Denver’s best nonprofit hackerspace, to create a radio station unlike any that have come before. Denhac’s legion of tech masterminds are working with us to set a new standard for local radio, but we need your help. With zero funding from the state or local government or even major foundation grants, DOM 104.7 needs your help to get started.

With an initial budget of $165,000 for 2016, over $100,000 of the budget is being provided in-kind by OMF, Denhac, and Mickey Zeppelin, who donated the best broadcast antenna in Denver (the old Yellow-Cab dispatch antenna at Taxi). To get the station off the ground, we are seeking $25,000 for the new website, broadcast equipment, insurance, contract labor, and startup expenses.

Denhac's Antenna Installation at Taxi
Denhac's Antenna Installation at Taxi

Who We Are: 

The Open Media Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to putting the power of media and technology in the hands of the people. We empower nonprofits, governments, and individuals to shift the media conversation (and thus social awareness) from the corporate interests of our commercial media system towards the human interests of an open, diverse, engaged public.

Denver Open Media (DOM) is the culmination of the Open Media Foundation's innovative vision for putting the power of the media in the hands of the community. Our missions is to ensure all communities have the media and technology resources they need to engage in local and global communication. We offer state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, media distribution via the internet, and three community-programmed television channels. With your support, we will add Denver’s new radio station DOM 104.7FM to that list!

DOM 104.7FM is a result of OMF’s collaboration with Denhac, Denver’s best nonprofit hackerspace. Founded in 2008, Denhac offers a community space for classes and events on a range of topics. For more information visit denhac.org, openmediafoundation.org, and denveropenmedia.org. 

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Risks and challenges

The biggest inherent challenge in this project is community engagement. However, we are confident in our ability to successfully launch DOM 104.7 and build a community around local audio content.

Not only does Denver Open Media already provide three community-programmed cable TV channels, we also host monthly live music shows (Open Music Sessions) and provide equipment and facilities for hundreds of local creatives. We have vast experience in facilitating community-driven content, and are thrilled at the prospect of bringing this model of media to radio.

Together with Denhac, we have secured the technological resources required, including our already existing state-of-the-art recording studio. Over the past weeks, we have been reaching out to local artists and creatives to spread the word about DOM 104.7. We have monthly community outreach events planned, during which local artists will begin to record their content, add it to the station library, and build a network.

Just as we’ve done in the past, we plan to encourage participation by facilitating free and open speech by the people and for the people. We are excited to bring this resource to the Denver creative community, and we will be working hard to ensure that this project lives up to its full potential. For more information, email us at domradio@openmediafoundation.org.

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    A genuine 'thank you' and OMF sticker at our office.

    All you have to is walk into the building at 700 Kalamath and tell our friendly receptionist Adino your name, and you'll get a heartfelt thank-you that will warm your heart... oh and an OMF sticker too. Stand there long enough and she'll tell you about her wacky conspiracy theories or make you watch some YouTube video until things get awkward!

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    Thank you on live TV

    June 3rd's launch event will be simulcast on TV and the radio, and we'll start and end the show by recognizing you by name for all the world to hear (OK maybe not all the world...)

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    June First Friday event VIP ticket.

    Join us on June 3 for the official launch party of DOM 104.7FM. This will be a special Open Music Sessions event, hosted with Westword and Greater Than, and this VIP ticket will get you access to our members-only area with free food, drinks and more!

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    NEW: 15 Seconds of Fame!

    Be part of history! Denver Open Media 104.7FM will go on the air June 3rd. Donate $15 and you'll be invited to share a 15-second message on the air during our day-1 broadcast. Remember, this is YOUR station, so you can say anything you want (in accordance with FCC guidelines). You can record your message on your own, or schedule a time to come into the studios and share your message live on the air!

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    1-day rental of GoPro Hero 4

    With a built-in touch screen, LCD for composing shots, and accessing to the menu, the GoPro HERO 4 Silver Music edition bundle eliminates the need for an LCD BacPac. It is able to capture Full HD 1080p at up to 60 fps and-for even more detailed shots-capture 2.7K (2704 x 1520) at 30 fps and 4K (3840 x 2160) at 15 fps.

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    2 Signed CD's from Sole and the Flobots!

    Get two CD's, signed by two of Denver's best rappers, Sole and Jonny 5 of the Flobots! Long-time friends and supporters of OMF, Sole will sign "Nihilismo", the latest LP from Sole and DJ Pain 1, and Jonny 5 of the Flobots will sign "Fight With Tools", the album that put the Flobots on the map.
    Pick up the CDs at DOM 104.7FM's launch event on June 3. For an extra $10, we'll throw in a VIP ticket to that event, which includes free food, drinks, and more!

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    Sexpot & Sexy Pizza Gift Pack

    Our friends at Sexy Pizza and Sexpot Comedy are offering a great package, including a $10 card to Sexy Pizza, 1 ticket to the May 26th Sexpot Comedy Show, and a Sexpot or OMF T-Shirt!

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    Summer-long Open Music Session VIP pass.

    On the First Friday of every month, the Open Media Foundation hosts our Open Music Sessions events in cooperation with Westword and Greater Than. Beginning with the launch of 104.7fm on June 3, these events will feature a VIP area with free food, drinks and more ways to thank our supporters.

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    1-day rental of 4K Camera (Lumix FZ1000) or Zoom R24 MultiTrack Recorder.

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Digital Camera is a bridge-style point-and-shoot camera featuring a large 20.1MP sensor to enable high-resolution 4K QFHD video recording and rich still shooting up to 50 fps.

    The R24 Digital Recorder, Sampler, USB Interface, and DAW Controller combines a 24-track recorder, audio interface control surface capability, drum machine, and sampler functions. The Zoom R24 is great for live and studio applications.

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    Basic Membership to Denver Open Media

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    Any OMF class up to a $150 value.

    Want to learn video editing, sound recording, or 3D animation? Visit denveropenmedia.org/classes for a complete list of over 25 classes to choose from.

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    NEW: Day-1 DJ & Year-Long Membership

    Be a part of history and join Denver Open Media on day-1 (June 3, 2016) as a guest DJ for up to 30-minutes to help us launch this revolutionary new station for Denver. You'll play local music, podcasts, and news, give shout-outs to our great city, and host some 15-seconds-of-fame donors as part of our First-Friday Open Music Sessions Celebration.
    Includes free VIP access to the June 3 event, plus a year-long membership valued at $100, which allows you to submit/schedule content all year with free use of Denver Open Media's state-of-the-art learning labs/edit labs and top-of-the-line iMac and MacPro workstations and the full suite of Adobe software.

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    Coworking cubicle for one month.

    Need an office-space to use for a month? OMF manages a beautiful facility at 700 Kalamath st, and we'd love to have you. For more information, visit openmediafoundation.org/office-space-for-rents

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    Equipment Access Membership to DOM

    Need access to Studios? Cameras? Edit Stations and more? The Equipment Access Membership to Denver Open Media includes the ability to submit video and audio content to DOM, discounted OMF classes, and free access to DOM studios, editing, & field production equipment (with certification). Membership includes one free certification class.

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    Rental of Pro 4K Camera Package with Odyssey 7Q

    Make movies like the big boys (and girls). OMF has a wide selection of professional 4K cameras like the A7Sii and FS700. Combined with Convergent Design's Odyssey 7Q or Atomos Shogun 4K monitor/recorder and the lenses of your choice, this package lets you pick and choose the gear you need for a 1-time use (up to a $750 value).

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    NEW: Be 104.7FM's first DJ!

    When Denver Open Media 104.7FM goes on the air June 3rd 2016, be the first voice people hear as a guest DJ! Two guest DJ's will be at the helm to launch a new era in community radio for Denver. We'll include a VIP pass to the First Friday Open Music Sessions party that evening and a year-long equipment access membership valued at $500!

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    Full-day recording session for your band

    Denver Open Media's "Studio A" is a state-of-the-art multitrack recording studio, built out by our friends at Mighty Fine Productions. Donate $2,000 and the band of your choice will get a full-day recording session with our helpful crew and a professional sound engineer (based on availability).

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    Day with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! in NYC.

    Denver Open Media has been airing Democracy Now! for a decade. Donate $2,000 and you and a guest will visit the Democracy Now! studio in NYC for a live broadcast of Democracy Now! Get a personal tour of their state of the art facility, then you and a guest join Amy Goodman for dinner. We will contact you to schedule your visit at your convenience. (travel and lodging not included).
    -Bonus: Donate before April 21, and you will also be invited to attend a bonus Live Broadcast of DN! in the Denver Open Media studios while Amy is in Denver for the week of April 18th

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    Custom music video for song/band of your choice

    The Open Media Foundation has made hundreds of live-performance music videos... and while we specialize in promotional videos for nonprofit organizations, we'd love to help the band of your choice get noticed with a custom music video. Package includes scripting and pre-production, full-day 4K shoot with crew and equipment from OMF, and up to 3 edit days.

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