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WDYO: a radical mixtape of music and social justice. Help launch Music City's first-ever radio station owned & run by low-wage workers
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Ready To Hear the New Nashville?

Most of Nashville's airwaves are owned by Clear Channel and other big corporate conglomerates. That means we end up listening to repetitive music, instead of plugging into a new culture that we can create ourselves. Backing worker-controlled media isn't just part of the fight for economic justice; it's a way to reshape our everyday reality by cultivating the creative working-class roots that brought us hip-hop, blues, reggaeton, soul, samba, jarocho, jazz, trova, bluegrass, and more. With your backing, we can retake and remake our own Music City and broadcast some contagious truth from the middle of the South.

From "Low Power" to People Power!

Now is the time! Workers' Dignity is launching WDYO, a low-power FM station that you'll be able to listen to almost anywhere in the city. The nuts and bolts will be run by the members of Nashville's first worker-center, the people who built and run our city and who know its ins and outs better than anyone. Our working-class DJ's -- the same people who have fought some of the city's most epic battles for social justice over the last decade -- are bringing their revolutionary energy to spin new music from all over the world, intermingled with news and analysis reflecting the reality of a new, increasingly-diverse Nashville.

A New Soundtrack for a New Movement

The members of the first worker-center in Nashville have fought for five years to make life better for everyone in our city. Starting from strategy sessions, justice schools, and art-builds at the worker-center, Workers' Dignity members have recovered over $300,000 in stolen wages, fought racial discrimination and sexual harassment on the job, and built power to demand that our bosses treat all of us with respect and dignity.

Art, music, and celebration have always been a part of our strategy at Workers' Dignity - maybe you've been to one of our stencil-making parties, puppet builds, street parades, movie nights, drumming practices, or movement concerts and dance parties.

Two years ago, we decided that a worker-controlled radio station would be the next big step to take our cultural community-building work to the next level, and we began the long process of applying for and winning a radio license, teaching ourselves basic engineering, and recruiting a dynamic committee of members and volunteers who bring community media experience from their hometowns all over the world, ready and able to bring this project to life.

We Need Your Help To Make It Happen:

 We found a new home...

...and we're retrofitting it with kickass new high-tech studio! As Workers' Dignity has grown, our existing space is bursting at the seams. When we found a house for sale right around the corner, we jumped at the chance to expand our worker-center into a larger space where we could build on a radio studio and art workshop!

First, we need to raise $10,000 to cover the startup cost of buying and some basic radio equipment. We need a reliable transmitter, recording and broadcast equipment, a federally-required emergency alert system (BEEP BEEP BEEP), cables, microphones, a workhorse console, a specialized antenna, and more!

Then the real work begins. This winter, volunteers will be building out our studio, raising an antenna, and testing our signal. Our projected yearly budget for running the station is close to $30.000, including licensing, equipment maintenance, and staff time. Any equipment or money donations beyond our initial $10,000 goal will help us jumpstart studio construction and programming for 2016, and help us get on the air before our February 1st goal

Donate today and make history!

Risks and challenges

Our dedicated team of Workers' Dignity members and allies is committed to getting WDYO on the air months before our June 2016 deadline. We have an official Construction Permit and license from the FCC, and our energetic base of members and volunteers has a lifetime of creativity and experience in how to organize and raise our families on a shoestring budget. Our members with construction experience are already designing the studio space and collecting donated materials to prepare for a community-wide barnraising, and engineering, electrical, and tech workers from all over the region have pledged their time for installation and ongoing support. If we run into snags, though, an application to extend our construction window only requires sending the FCC a simple form while we put the finishing touches on our studio or assemble our final equipment.

Our $10,000 goal will pay for our startup equipment, but from there we will rely on yearly fundraising, underwriting, and donated equipment to cover our ongoing budget and upgrades. With examples and support from other worker-run stations like the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and technical support as a Torchbearer station of Prometheus Radio Project, we are confident that we can launch WDYO, create a groundbreaking platform for workers' media in the Mid-South, and "make the path by walking" in the years to come.

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    THANKS! // That's what we'll say in a loving email to you. // You're making it possible to change Nashville for the better. // Consider bumping up a level for more goodies?

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    A STICKER // Rep Nashville's new station with one of our limited run of high-quality vinyl weatherproof stickers. // On your computer, on your car, on your friend. // Be creative.

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    ZINE & STICKER // Zine as in magazine. // Very 90's

    The first zine ever made by Workers' Dignity members, handmade in Nashville

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    Something awesome and handmade from WDYO to hang from your rearview mirror

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    TOTE BAG // Hand-stenciled with the WDYO logo // Totally.

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    REBELS WITH A CAUSE CONCERT

    1 FREE TICKET to the big radio launch benefit show, featuring nationally-renowned hip hop duo Rebel Diaz, on November 18th, venue TBA:

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    REBELS WITH A CAUSE CONCERT WITH A FRIEND

    2 FREE TICKETS to the big Rebel Diaz show on Nov. 18, and a pair of limited-run vinyl WDYO stickers

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    *NEW* 10-STRING SYMPHONY SOLIDARIITY PACKAGE
    Our friends at the rising Nashville bluegrass duo 10-String Symphony are offering this great package to the first bluegras fan who donates $100 to WDYO: 2 guest list tickets for the 10-String Symphony CD release show at the Station Inn, a brand-new 10 string symphony cd, and a 10-string symphony hat or t shirt

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    WDYO MIX PACKAGE

    For the bargain hunters out there, this package includes 2 tickets to the Rebel Diaz show, 1 WDYO shirt, 1 hand-stenciled tote bag, 1 car swag, and 1 limited-run vinyl sticker

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    BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUT

    You get the entire WDYO Mix Package, plus an on-air shout-out on your birthday (or the birthday of a friend of your choice)!

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    BE A RADIO STAR

    You get the entire WDYO Mix Package, plus we will bring you in to our studio to record a station ID that we will play on air for the rest of 2016

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    SOLIDARITY IN THE STRUGGLE

    You get a signed copy of the Nashville Cleaning Workers’ Bill of Rights, created and autographed by Workers' Dignity members organizing for justice in the Nashville hospitality industry.

    You also get everything in the WDYO Mix Package

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    LIVE LIKE A KING

    Radio volunteer Tristan Call will either (your choice): make a gourmet pancake breakfast for you and up to 10 of your friends, or mow your lawn (Nashville only, 1 acre limit).

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    UNDERWRITING: HEADPHONE LEVEL
    For businesses, organizations, or individuals that want to be recognized on-air as an supporter of WDYO. We will work with you to record a spot, and then air your spot 100 times during 2016. Your name will also be permanently recognized on our website as one of our Founding Backers. More information on underwriting packages can be found on our website.

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    DANCE

    One of our member DJs will spin tunes at your event! (Nashville area only)

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    LIGHT THE SPARK

    You, and ony you, have the right to request the first song to play on WDYO when we go othe air.

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    UNDERWRITING: MICROPHONE LEVEL
    For businesses, organizations, or individuals that want to be recognized on-air as an supporter of WDYO. We will work with you to record a spot, and then air your spot 200 times during 2016. Your name will also be permanently recognized on our website as one of our Founding Backers. More information on underwriting packages can be found on our website.

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    UNDERWRITING: ANTENNA LEVEL
    For businesses, organizations, or individuals that want to be recognized on-air as an supporter of WDYO. We will work with you to record a spot, and then air your spot 400 times during 2016. Your name will also be permanently recognized on our website as one of our Founding Backers. More information on underwriting packages can be found on our website.

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