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$90
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
5
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 30 2017 7:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Welcome to the Kickstarter campaign for northcentral Indiana’s independent internet radio company: Blackbird Media Group!

In an age where local radio personalities are being replaced by corporate syndication due to budget cuts and online streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify, finding a good radio station (especially one that still plays decent music) can be hard to find. Additionally, local broadcasting as we know it is on the verge of becoming extinct—the country of Norway has switched over from FM radio in favor of internet radio, and with the rising trend of users with internet access everywhere, it’s likely that terrestrial stations will share the same fate before too long, whether it’d be on a personal computer or an app.

So, why does it matter to us? Because we know the internet is the future of radio, but we also want to maintain that hometown DJ-listener relationship with our followers, even if listeners are tuning in from another state or, perhaps, country. Our DJs will take your requests via email or social media; we will even go as far as advance scheduling them into a pre-programmed playlist.

This isn’t the first time an internet radio station has been started in Logansport and Cass County, Indiana, but it is the first to heavily rely on social media. In fact, it has been 15 years since the last known internet station went off the air, and look at how much has changed since the early days of MySpace! However, the only way for Blackbird Media Group to take off is with your help.

(Yes, we’re talking to you.)   

Pop, alternative, country... a little bit of everything for everybody!
Pop, alternative, country... a little bit of everything for everybody!

The Genres  

Naturally, we like to attract listeners, but we also like to have something for our DJs to make their time on the air fun and enjoyable, especially if it’s a genre of their specialty. And what is our specialty? First and foremost, pop and alternative, featuring your favorite artists from yesterday to today—the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Nirvana, Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran—and others that’ll take too long for us to mention! But since we are out of northcentral Indiana, we will also include a block of contemporary country and country crossovers such as Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, and Kid Rock. Are you a fan of southern rock or Heartland rock? We love some Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, and our home-state boy John Mellencamp. And, yes, we’ll even play some “Weird Al” Yankovic upon request!

In other words, a variety that you just can’t go wrong!

**Another bonus: if you are an up-and-coming artist on Kickstarter or Patreon who needs free promotion to get a label representative’s attention or a local native wishing to build up a fanbase outside the taverns, we will be glad to play your music on the air! We’re considering a future program slot dedicated just for you and your fellow future Hot 100 acts. (Hey, you never know which listener might have that one special record company contract you’ve been dying to sign!) When the opportunity presents itself, here’s what you’ll need to do: simply contact us with an MP3 copy of the track you want us to incorporate into our music library, and we’ll work something out to get you noticed.**

What will your pledges go toward?  

To be honest, the basics we need to get started for a three-year run before we take the next step of becoming a full-fledged business:  

  • New computers strictly for Blackbird Media Group
  • Additional microphones and headphones
  • Monthly licensing fees through Stream Licensing
  • Monthly software fees
  • Monthly server fees
  • Monthly website fees
  • Monthly subscription fees through iDJPool
  • Royalty-free jingles and packages through Music Radio Creative and Premium Beat 
  • Call letters registration (2-year license)

Should we maintain a sustainable following, we will advance to business status and open the opportunity for local businesses and organizations to advertise through us. At this present moment, however, we are more interested in picking up listeners through this new form of local radio broadcasting on a hobbyist level. Any revenue made outside your Kickstarter pledge will be determined by the number of listeners who help with through our Patreon accounts and affiliation. Your pledge will be mere financial cushioning in the event of little to no revenue is made at the end of the current month.

Rewards

We are limited in what we can provide in terms of giveaways due to severe tight finances, BUT we do have some unique rewards for those who wish to back us, including multiple entries for a chance to win 10 random albums on vinyl and a turntable as part of our Christmas gift to you and exclusive to our Kickstarter backers only. (NOTE: Vinyl albums will vary from new, used, and Record Store Day exclusive.)

  • Pledge $10—Personal Live Shout Out on Air, 1 Entry for Thank You Vinyl XMAS Package  
  • Pledge $25—Personal Thank You Note, 5 Entries for Thank You Vinyl XMAS Package
  • Pledge $50—Mix Tape on CD, 10 Entries for Thank You Vinyl XMAS Package
  • Pledge $100—Personal Phone Call by DJ Ravenwolfe, 25 Entries for Thank You Vinyl XMAS Package (US Residents only) (Maximum Length: 5 Minutes)
  • Pledge $100—Personal Skype Call by DJ Ravenwolfe, 25 Entries for Thank You Vinyl XMAS Package (Maximum Length: 5 Minutes)
  • Pledge $500—Live-Streamed Q&A on Skype by DJ Ravenwolfe, 50 Entries for Thank You Vinyl XMAS Package (Maximum Length: 30 Minutes)
  • Pledge $1,000—Personal Q&A (email or over a meal in person) with DJ Ravenwolfe, 100 Entries for Thank You Vinyl XMAS Package (Minimum of at least 5 questions—no maximum amount! Pledger will determine the format. If done in person, pledger is subject to being recorded for a transcript which will appear on DJ Ravenwolfe’s page.)

Thank you for supporting this project! Our goal is to launch the Cat by mid-August just in time for the tailgating and football season. The Kickstarter campaign will run from Monday, May 1 (3PM ET), to Tuesday, May 30 (3PM ET). If we fail to reach our pledge goal, backers’ pledges during this period will be voided. You can pledge again for a second time between Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 30, but if we fail to reach the goal then, both the campaign and contest will be postponed to a later date.  

As for the Vinyl XMAS Package contest, the winner will be announced and contacted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, to ensure proper delivery period in case the winner should be a non-US resident. Rewards for pledges of $10, $25, and $50 will be honored between September and November 2017. Pledges of $100 or more will be honored between November 2017 and January 2018.

As with everything else we do on social media, please share this campaign/contest with your friends and families, and tell them about us! And while you’re doing that, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Risks and challenges

NOTE: All $1,000 backers who wish to have a personal Q&A with DJ Ravenwolfe in person will be responsible for their travel and hotel expenses. In-person meet-ups will be conducted at the availability of both DJ Ravenwolfe and the backer.

All $500 backers who wish to have a live-streamed Q&A session are subject to the availability of both DJ Ravenwolfe and the backer.

All $100 backers who wish to receive either a personal phone call or Skype call by DJ Ravenwolfe are subject to the availability of DJ Ravenwolfe, including voicemail and brief video calls.

Additionally, the launch timeframe will be determined how quickly we reach our pledge goal at the end of the month. Remember, all Kickstarter campaigns are all or nothing, and our campaign is no exception to the rule.

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    Personal Q&A with DJ Ravenwolfe

    Pledge $1,000 and have an exclusive personal interview with DJ Ravenwolfe via email or (even better) over a meal in person with unlimited questions! Plus, you'll be eligible for one hundred (100) entries for our Thank You Vinyl XMAS Package giveaway!

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Funding period

- (28 days)