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BBOX is a volunteer-run, freeform, internet radio station that calls a recycled shipping container in Downtown Brooklyn, home.
BBOX is a volunteer-run, freeform, internet radio station that calls a recycled shipping container in Downtown Brooklyn, home.
241 backers pledged $16,159 to help bring this project to life.

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Brooklyn's Boombox

Dear Kickstarter Supporter,

Welcome to BBOX Radio. We are a freeform internet radio station that calls a recycled shipping container in Downtown Brooklyn, home. BBOX is owned, operated, and run by the Brooklyn community, and, with your help, will be broadcast live to the world online. 

Here's a sampling of BBOX Radio for you while you check out our Kickstarter.

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We got our start three months ago when the BBOX team won a competition that asked to repurpose a shipping container in the new, outdoor, Dekalb Market. We designed BBOX as something more than just an internet radio station. 

We are a live performance venue, with space to accommodate hundreds of people for concerts, screenings, performances... events of any kind. BBOX is also a gallery space curated by our exhibit designers that can display the work of Brooklyn artists to crowds visiting the Dekalb Market. BBOX is a place where you can interact with show hosts, hear great music, meet people, and spark spontaneous collaborations.

The competition gave us a foundation to build on. Now we have a roster of original programming, developed from an open call to Brooklyn and New York City, that broadcasts live at the market. Your pledges will bring BBOX Radio's shows online. 

What will BBOX Radio have to offer? Check out Afrika21 for 21st century music from the African continent. Listen to Unicorn Pudding for some magical rock and roll. Play The Many Sides of Green for discussions on urban sustainability in Brooklyn and beyond. Underground hip hop comes at you via The ZRO Hour, a venerable podcast that's made the jump to BBOX Radio. And Filmwax talks films, and interviews directors, producers, and actors to compliment its screening series.

We have come to Kickstarter to launch our internet stream, return our friends' microphones, and become, fully, BBOX Radio: The beat of Brooklyn.

The BBOX Radio Community

BBOX Radio broadcasts what Brooklyn is listening to and talking about, and features programs by community partners focused on local culture, education, and news. We are developing radio shows with Carter Magazine and their youth journalists, PenTales and their global storytelling network, and programs featuring the Dekalb Market farmers, artists, designers and chefs.

We now have a passionate, ever-expanding team including 33 hosts for over 20 radio shows and almost 40 volunteers helping with production, events, outreach and design.

What Does it Cost to Run BBOX Radio?

We started BBOX with the winnings of Urban Space's "Not Just A Container" design competition which included $3,000 and six months free rent at the market. That money was quickly gobbled up by building materials and other mundane costs like mandated insurance. But we dug into our pockets, borrowed some equipment from our friends, and put together a Frankensteinian studio that's gotten us by.

Your pledges will take BBOX shows to the next level. That requires setting up our live online radio stream, paying for music royalty costs, and buying equipment for the station, so we can return our friends’ gear. 

But a radio station is more than microphones and turntables. We hope to become a Brooklyn institution. That takes continued dedication and resources. While we have dedication, in a few months our resources will disappear. You can get BBOX on the air, and keep it there. 

$15,000 is a great start. But if the BBOX Kickstarter surpasses that goal, we can plan farther into the future and offer more ambitious content. Our production team can do more with shows and events. We can bring you the acts you want to hear. And all of this will be broadcast online, so you can take part whether you are in Brooklyn or not.

To see a further breakdown of our startup costs, see the FAQ below.

Where Do I Come In?

Whether you are local or not, your support will make you a big part of BBOX Radio's journey. Together, we can take the final steps to turn BBOX into Brooklyn's internet radio station, built to last. 

Before BBOX Radio and the Dekalb Market, on our patch of Brooklyn stood the Albee Square Mall. The mall was more than a shopping destination for sneakers and records, it was also a hub of culture and community interaction. It was where Brooklyn came together. That history informs BBOX Radio, and it is the idea we strive to live up to.

Listen to BBOX Radio online, talk to us and our DJs and hosts on our website, and let us know your thoughts. If you're in Brooklyn or New York, come visit us -- BBOX is for you. And thank you, in advance, for your generosity and interest in BBOX Radio. We can't wait for you to hear what we have in store.

Join us. Let's create a new kind of radio station!

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    Your name and a Thank You on the Supporters Page of the BBOX Radio website.

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    ABOVE + BBOX RADIO STICKER + ALBUM SPONSORSHIP. A custom BBOX Radio sticker to show off on your Trapper Keeper, or what have you, and your name attached to an album in the BBOX Radio library reading "This album is sponsored by (YOUR NAME)."

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    ABOVE + MP3 OF ORIGINAL BBOX RADIO DJ MIX. An exclusive, digitally-delivered MP3 of original music and mix from a BBOX Radio DJ.

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    ABOVE + BBOX RADIO T-SHIRT. Show your support the American way! Via T-shirt!

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    ABOVE + BBOX RADIO TOTE BAG. It can fit LPs! Hand-screen printed by friends of the BBOX team.

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    ABOVE + ORIGINAL BBOX ART, LIKE A FLAVA FLAV STYLE BBOX MEDALLION AND CHAIN. The BBOX medallion is team-designed and laser cut plexiglass or wood (your choice). It is big, gaudy, and awesome. If that's not your thing, expect BBOX's artists and designers to put together some very slick boombox themed art.

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    ABOVE + STATION ID + AN INVITATION FOR YOU AND FRIENDS TO A BBOX RADIO PARTY. Take your friends out to BBOX for a party in donors' honor at this level. BBOX DJ's will turn it out! Plus, record a BBOX Radio station ID in your own voice. It'll be played over and over, letting people know they're tuned into BBOX Radio.

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    ALL LEVELS UP TO AND INCLUDING $150 + UNDERWRITE AN INSTALLMENT OF BBOX RADIO SHOW. "This hour of BBOX Radio is brought to you by...YOU!"

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    ALL LEVELS UP TO AND INCLUDING $150 + YOUR OWN HOUR ON BBOX RADIO. An hour show, music-focused, and co-hosted with a BBOX DJ. You will receive a recording of your show, broadcast live online, and you can be lifetime Facebook friends with the BBOX DJ.

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    ALL LEVELS UP TO AND INCLUDING $150 + PRIVATE KARAOKE PARTY W/ UP TO 4 FRIENDS -or- THE SACRED SITES OF BROOKLYN MUSIC TOUR W/ LUNCH AT BBOX -or- 2 HOUR SALSA LESSON FOR UP TO 5 PEOPLE W/ PRIVATE DJ. Sing your guts out with your friends, see where Biggie delivered his famous freestyle, or get your dance on with BBOX's brilliant salsa instructor. [Limit 5 each, Local Only]

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    ALL LEVELS UP TO AND INCLUDING $150 + Work with BBOX producers to create a custom 30-second spot for your band, company, party, or anything you can think of (with BBOX's permission), to be played once daily, during the afternoon, for two weeks of your choosing).

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    ALL LEVELS UP TO AND INCLUDING $150 + A two-week exhibit curated by YOU, in the BBOX gallery; with an opening night party including music and refreshments [local donors only] and original silk-screened BBOX Radio poster art personalized for you.

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    ALL LEVELS UP TO AND INCLUDING $150 + The big BBOX boombox, featured in the video, signed by all the BBOX show hosts and team.

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    ALL LEVELS UP TO AND INCLUDING $150 + Your name tagged on a plaque by a BBOX graffiti artist and hung permanently in the BBOX Radio studio honoring you as a founding donor of BBOX Radio AND a special, gold plated BBOX medallion.

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Funding period

- (30 days)