Deborah Jaffe + Michael CAusey are a real life couple with a love of words, music & art, not in that order.
We got this amazing opportunity to be part of the takoma radio community. I read in a local paper about a radio station start up in near by Takoma Park Maryland in the summer of 2016 and urged Michael whom I think has a great voice and was already interviewing cool writers and people to pitch a radio show. Next thing you know we are on the air! So, OK, back in the 1980's both Michael and I had radio shows on our college stations. Michael had a real show at the Tulane University radio station and I had a show that I co-DJ'ed with my fellow Washiongtonian Carnegie Mellon University student and friend Tracy Unger. But we have come a long way baby. 30 years later both Michael and I have photographed and interviewed numerous writers, actors, activists and personalities. Photography by Deborah Jaffe.
About Takoma Radio:
In March 2015, Historic Takoma announced that its project, Takoma Radio, will move forward as WOWD-LP broadcasting in a 2-5 mile radius of Takoma at 94.3FM. We have a unique and vibrant community that craves a real time voice. Our coverage area is a multi-jurisdictional international crossroads, including neighborhoods in NE and NW DC, and MoCo and PG. We expect to be on the air in the summer of 2016, providing a hyper-local FM radio alternative to tens of thousands of listeners.
The programming will be by, for, and about people of all ages, types and backgrounds, representing the diverse population of our listening area. A source of live local information presented by live local people, we will share stories and music. We will frame and inform the present by including archival sounds and stories from Historic Takoma and other local audio collections. As a community, we are established, new. urban, suburban, black, white, Latino, African, Asian, European, West Indian, rich, poor, young, old. Dig into our community's stories at http://historictakoma.org.
LP is Low Power FM radio, which is regular FM radio with a less powerful signal. LPFM operates at 100 watts or less and reaches two to five miles. Nationally,there are over 2000 LPFMs are licensed. Historic Takoma applied in 2013, in the first LPFM "give-away" in the DC area. Frequencies are scarce, additional rules apply, and Takoma Radio is highly prepared.
We are a project of Historic Takoma Inc and our mission is to offer hyper-local, non-commercial radio to a diverse, multi-jurisdictional urban community, consisting of neighborhoods within our limited coverage area in Northeast and Northwest DC, and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland; and to include individuals, groups, issues, stories, music and history that are overlooked or under-represented by other media. We promote cooperation, tolerance, and dialogue.
Takoma Radio is grateful to hundreds of individual supporters for donations, to the Takoma Foundation for grant assistance, and to Historic Takoma Inc for standing strong for community radio.
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