Radio isn’t dead, but it’s having a rebirth anyway.
Youth and community radio station ZUMIX Radio has been pumping up the jams as a web stream since 2005. Two years ago, the East Boston organization was awarded a license to broadcast on the FM dial — only one of two community organizations granted permission to do so. What are they going to do with it? Well, that’s up to you. Kind of.
The youth who participate in the local non-profit’s after-school activities get to run from East Boston High School right to the seat behind the radio board. By hosting their own shows — from local rock music to storytelling to salsa dancing – alongside community members, they’re able to find confidence in their voices on and off air. If given the final funding, ZUMIX Radio will broadcast live on 94.9fm this fall. All of this sounds ideal (If it doesn’t, it’s time you read another paper — we’re not always crabby). The biggest reason being how it impacts you.
ZUMIX Radio’s broadcast is hyperlocal. Its 4-mile radio wave hits downtown Boston, East Boston, Revere, Chelsea, Everett, and Winthrop. The songs they play, the issues they discuss, and the feelings they tap into are your own. So help them help you.
After 10 years of dreaming of making their station available on dial, ZUMIX Radio is asking for financial support. Any money given will help them upgrade their studio, install equipment in the high school, and gather remote broadcasting equipment. Head to their donation website to find out how to help.
This is our fucking city. Help make ZUMIX Radio our fucking station.