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Making a radio station for hackers, by hackers to change the way that people think about hacking.

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The First Ethical Hacker FM Radio Station

We want to create a radio station for hackers and computer savvy people in Helena, MT.  We will also stream our content and make it available online as an archive so that fans can access any episode whenever they want!  All of the shows that we've generated will be entirely Creative Commons and copyright safe.

The Board Welcomes You to KMEH
The Board Welcomes You to KMEH

What Will We Broadcast?

Aside from airing some excellent coding music, we've created episodes covering Net Sec./App Sec., Programming, Makerspace Advice, Circuit Building, Cryptography, Nerd Culture, and Electronics. 

This is also an opportunity for the computer community to give information.  We're going to be bringing in industry experts such as Pinguino on cryptocurrency, Firelord on Artificial Intelligence, and other leading authorities.  Our goal is to get intelligent ideas published.

We will also air cryptography challenges.  These will also be online along with information encoded outside of the human hearing range.  

Help Us Build a Radio!

We want to make the airwaves available to you.  We can DJ some of your stuff or have you on the program.

So far we have a great deal of donations from our members and the public:   
  • A professional physical tower shipped from Florida($730) 
  • An MXL V250 Radio Microphone(on loan)($119) 
  • Ableton Live 9 (on loan) ($749) 
  • Launchpad S(on loan)($149) 
  • Two boom mic stands ($80)
  • A 4-channel mixer ($300?) 
  • A computer ($700) 
Also, thanks to the Hackerspace, we have a year of:
  • Rent($8,400)* 
  • Electricity($842)* 
  • Phone and Internet($780) 
  • Office Supplies($140)* 
  • Insurance($1300)* 
*These exact numbers are undisclosed for security reasons. However, I have provided a reliable estimate from an existing website: http://prometheusradio.org/startup_costs 

We still need $5000 to start up our station. We need:
  •  An FM transmitter ($1999) 
  •  A fully compliant EAS... must be purchased new -_- ($1998 Low End) 
  • Two Non-Loaner Microphones ($238) 
  • A Non-Loaner Sound board($149) 
  • Decent software ($449) 
  • Hosting($100 since we do it ourselves)

With your help, we will be able to extend our audio equipment inventory and purchase the Transmitter, Antenna, and EAS system required to make this a reality!

Most importantly, we have a solid vision for how this is going to run; we have schematics, a business plan, a schedule, and we are keeping ourselves busy with activities for the future station(including building a nice website, additional content, and a well-constructed radio room).

Why We're Passionate

Not everyone understands what a hacker is, what they do, and why they do it. Building this radio station supports white hat hackers and the hacker community, but it also supports the maker movement.

We need to inform people that hackers aren't just black and white, but are multi-faceted people.  A hacker is just someone who is passionate about their desire to further technology, often in order to further humanity.  There's a light side to hacking and the world needs to know it.

What about the Future?

We want to make this project a hub, and a starting point for all kinds of hacker radios from Seattle to New York.  This will also act as an avenue of support for hackerspaces and for hackers in general, to get out there and get their voice into the real world.  Then we can form up and create an alliance between all of them.  With this, we will be able to offer different locales and experiences to travel all up and down the computer centric world.

Who Are We?

Thank you!

Risks and challenges

Here are some of the challenges we might face after our project is successfully funded:
• Generating Enough Quality Content
• Paperwork and Legalities
• Construction of the Tower
• Unforeseen Surprises!
• Guest speakers(falling through, declining air time, etc)

We will address these issues by...
• Calling an emergency brainstorm session to generate content while we play some of our special previously-made episodes
• Uploading all of our content to the Internet for free
• We will have sufficient insurance and even greater community support to rebuild.
• We will have set aside some finances, thanks to your support, to prevent most unforeseen issues from impacting the quality of our broadcast.
• We have contacts within Ninja Networks, and the University of Montana who are willing to talk about their experience and insight within their realm of expertise.

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    The above prizes plus: You can write or record the only intro to a show. An example might be: "KMEH Weekly Tech Tidbits brought to you by the sexy monkeys at ThinkGeek.com--Stuff for smart masses." --Subject to Approval. We're very likely to approve anything

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    Above prizes and you can get your name out there! For $400, we will say a 15 second "This station supported by <name/slogan>" three times a week for a YEAR. You will never find a better price in radio advertising. Either record your own, or give us a name/slogan. Limit of 10 so we don't get overwhelmed with ads.

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    You get every single one of the prizes above... but you also get us to research for you! Do you feel that you don't get enough information on a topic?! We will write and produce a radio show and transcript on a tech topic of YOUR choosing. That's right, we're willing to make an entire year of WEEKLY 15-30 minute episodes on whatever you want to hear more about. Interested in cybernetics? We are too!!! Interested in cryptography! Yeah! You name it. If it's tech, we could research for hours and then give you the cream of our research in approximately 20 minutes! We love learning and we love teaching. That's why many of us do it for a living! It's impossible to do something like this for you without people at the hackerspace who work/learn for free.

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