About this Project:
Hi, My name is Kristin and I am working with my husband Tom to create a streaming radio station in my community that will bring people together through their love of music and the arts. This project will change how we connect through the fun and engaging medium of streaming video and audio. We will learn about each other’s music and art through listening as well as creating a window into cultural, social and arts communities to better understand and appreciate them. The station is a Non-Profit that aims to be a museum of sound, where music of many generations and genres are played and reminisced over, while also giving new and emerging underground music a chance to be heard. We are using the universal language of music as a community building tool, as well as providing a place for people to learn about the arts through interview and performance shows with fine artists, street artists, chefs, sculptors, writers, comedians, producers, teachers, musicians, actors, performers and photographers.
Maker Park Radio (www.MakerParkRadio.nyc) is an internet radio station broadcasting out of SI Makerspace in the Stapleton neighborhood of Staten Island, New York. The audience views, through a video feed, the DJ working inside the station … allowing the viewer to feel connected to what is going on and see the process. An audio only option is available on the site as well if you want to access the audio on your mobile device. The audio will also be available through the TuneIn App and Mixlr app, with hopes for our own app in the future.
Maker Park Radio’s programming is freeform and includes many music and arts cultures, spanning the history of music both nationally and internationally, as well as highlighting our local talent here in Staten Island, NY, and beyond.
The programming has weekly, bi-weekly and monthly shows, and the calendar is filled with two hour time slots that cover the genres of: Latin Jazz and Samba, World Music, Classical, Punk, Hip Hop, Techno, Reggae, 50’s Soul, Metal, Alternative, Eclectic, House, R & B and many more. The station also has shows lined up that are more spoken word based, such as a Sri Lankan Herritage show, Interviews with women artists, interviews with local artists, Comedy, Interviews with Literary Artists and a Local Cuisine Program. We also have "Maker" based programming to encourage math & engineering as well as highlight small businesses and entrepreneurs that work to perfect their craft such as brewing, cooking, urban farming or design. We also have a Community Spotlight program that gives a local Non-Profit a series (that we help produce if needed), in order to get their organization more exposure.
All of the DJs and show presenters are volunteers who believe in the difference community radio can make. We have over 40 DJs lined up, excited and ready to see this project get started. So many people have said that they were so happy to hear that we finally have something like this here … and to think we are part of one of the biggest cities in the world! They call Staten Island “The Forgotten Borough” … well they are about to see and hear some memorable radio.
Maker Park Radio is also an educational tool, designed not only for the seasoned DJ, but for someone who may not have the training, but has a great concept for a show they want to produce, or are in love with their genre of music and have a collection to share. They will be given training and coaching on how to develop their show and gain fans. Local school groups that take STEM related field trips to the Makerspace can stop by and learn about radio and video streaming. As part of the Maker movement, we encourage people to learn the technology and challenge themselves to be successful broadcasters involved in helping their fans find them. We will also be taking interns starting in the fall from nearby High Schools that have communication programs. As well as have college audio interns throughout the year.
Maker Park radio is located inside Staten Island Makerspace which is located at the corner of Thompson and Front Streets in the Stapleton area of Staten Island New York. One block from the waterfront, it sits between two very different neighborhoods. One side is new large scale development of condos along the water that cater to commuters to Manhattan’s Financial District … on the other side is a mid to low-income, area that holds many ethnicities and a thriving artist community. We are in a unique place here where we have the opportunity to use music and arts programming as a community building tool. We also hope to bring talent and arts organizations to the Island to engage the rest of the city with our borough.
Why Streaming Radio?
This project hopes to be a connector of these rich cultures and new ears in this changing area and beyond to all of Staten Island. There are so many creative and talented people here, and streaming video and radio allows the world to see all that we have to offer. More people are seeking underground music, and community radio in order to discover new media. In an age where much of our music is decided by an algorithm, we need to give a voice to the communities (music, social and ethnic) that are in our surrounding neighborhoods. FM stations are limited to their transmitter’s power, where streaming radio is accessible from anyone who has an internet connection.
Here is where you come in!
The next steps below will enable us to complete the project and open up the doors to our community and start broadcasting amazing music and performance!
Our Campaign Goals are needed to cover the costs that we incurred in the initial construction, a computer and back-up hard drive, streaming software as well as our web design costs ... as well as cover items we still need such as heat, shades, and bluetooth speakers for the park.
If we surpass our goals, we can pay off the expenses we incurred to purchase our music equipment, microphones, cameras and cables. And to sustain our monthly expenses which include rent, broadband internet, streaming license fees, insurance and utilities.
We also hope to expand to be able to create a mobile streaming DJ station that can broadcast from events around Staten Island and NYC.
We strongly believe we can build a successful and important community radio that will be an essential part of our world for all those involved and for all of the fans we have locally and from around the world.
OUR CAMPAIGN GOALS:
COMFORTABLE CLEAN AIR: A four season heating/cooling ventilation system.
INTERIOR/STUDIO SET UP: paint, insulation, lights, dry-wall, carpentry for desks and benches, trim and finish work, soundproofing, shelving, 3 (38” x 88”) window shades.
EXTERIOR/STREET LEVEL CONNECTION: Bluetooth speakers for the park, signage, outdoor speakers.
WE NEED HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE: 8T storage hard drive, Mac Mini with the biggest hard drive available, keyboard, monitor & mouse.
WEB DESIGN & INTERNET SET UP: Web design and maintenance High speed internet installation.
**If we surpass the minimum Kickstarter goal we will use the additional funds for the following:
AUDIO and VISUAL NEEDS:
2 Web Cams (used) Audio visual cables. 2 Pioneer 1200 turntables (used) 1 Pioneer Mixer (900 or 2000 - used) 2 Pioneer CDJ CD players (used) 10 Channel Mixer (for live performance or multiple mic inputs) 2 SM58 Microphones 2 booth monitor speakers 2 Electro Voice RE320 Microphones, shock mounts and adjustable arms
ADMIN & STREAMING NEEDS:
Non-for Profit Incorporation filing fees and legal help to do this with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Non-Profit streaming license
Non-Commercial streaming royalty fees
Security camera system
High speed internet, streaming service
Monthly streaming radio application
Whew! Yes, it is a lot. But once we are up and running, we will have a place for artists to share their talent with the world. Through community building and yearly fund-raisers, we hope to make this project be a success.
Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges with this project are something Tom and I talk about a lot. The risks are mostly financial, where although we are a part of New York City, Staten Island can seem like a small town in many ways. So asking for local business support to fund us entirely is not good for the long term, as many non-profits ask the same businesses for support. However, we support other non-profits by helping them reach new audiences, and this is helpful in many ways. So applying for grants, and other non-profit opportunities will be key for us. However, we will also produce fundraising events, and have an on-line fan shop.
The challenges in programming is in reaching our community arts organizations that may not have the person/people to produce a show, as well as to overcome any possible cultural barriers that may exist. Our Community Spotlight series will help with this, and we hope our platform for outreach will be accessible to more people, but this will take time. We have to approach all community engagement, with a clear and positive program.
We are hopeful that as we grow as an organization, we find ways for community and audience support to keep us going for a long time.
- (59 days)