KLBP On-Air

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 19, 2018

KLBP, Long Beach Public Radio is Now Broadcasting at 99.1 FM and Online at KLBP.org

The low-power FM station begins its broadcast throughout parts of Long Beach, San Pedro and Wilmington just in time to meet its Dec. 23rd FCC on-air deadline.

Isaac Svensson, a member of LBPM’s Board of Directors, listens to the station shortly after hitting the switch on KLBP from a tower located at the Port of Long Beach.

Long Beach, Calif. — Long Beach Public Media (LBPM) is proud to announce the successful on-air transmission of 99.1 KLBP, Long Beach Public Radio. Yesterday afternoon (December 18, 2018), the low-power FM (LPFM) station began airing a 36-hour continuous loop directly from its transmitter site located at the Port of Long Beach.

“I was driving down the 710 Freeway when I first heard our broadcast come through my car stereo. It was an emotional moment filled with immense gratitude. For the last three years our board, advisory council and volunteers have devoted countless hours to ensure this moment arrived. And now, it’s here,” said Ashley Aguirre, President of LBPM. “We’ve faced so much uncertainty and have been running a race against the clock for so long, that it feels like nothing short of magic to finally hear so many familiar local voices carried across the air.”

Residents throughout West Long Beach, the Greater Downtown area, San Pedro and Wilmington can tune in at 99.1 FM to hear their neighbors, friends, and local personalities. An online stream is also available at klbp.org.

The 17 pre recorded shows that make up KLBP’s pilot programming were selected from a pool of 100+ public submissions. Additional programs are currently in development and will debut early next year. Among those are segments from local media outlets like the LB Report, which will provide news headlines, the Long Beach Post, and Padnet, the city’s public access TV channel.

A  view from inside KLBP’s soon to be on-air room. Pictured L to R: Carl Propst-dasilva, a member of KLBP’s Advisory Council, Bob Maguglin, Long Beach CVB Director of Public Relations and LBPM Board Member, David Alpern.

Ron Hodges, proprietor of Shannon’s Corner, was the project’s earliest backer and believes that “[KLBP] will make a great contribution to life in the city.” In February, Hodges not only donated studio space to LBPM, but he also covered the planning and building costs to give KLBP a home at 209 Pine Ave.

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of the year, allowing the station to migrate its operation to Pine Ave. in January. The studio will double as an educational facility for the community that offers access to equipment, training opportunities and technical assistance.

Darick J. Simpson, Executive Director of LBCAP, Ashley Aguirre, President of Long Beach Public Meda/KLBP and  Sherry Diamond, a member of KLBP’s Advisory Council gather during a recent studio tour.

LBPM’s commitment to media education is what made it a standout applicant during the FCC’s latest filing window for LPFM permits. That commitment also caught the attention of the Long Beach Community Foundation (LBCF) who granted the nonprofit organization a $40,000 Knight Foundation Grant to launch the project.

“We have a long history of outstanding community reporting in our city. What’s been missing is a radio station to complement the existing media to bring important issues that matter in front of people,” said Marcelle Epley, President and CEO of the LBCF.

Even with a studio under construction and the grant funding on hand, LBPM’s fate was still uncertain less than a month ago. Fortunately, it took one call back in May to Kerry Gerot, Director of Communications and Community Relations at the Port of Long Beach, to set off a chain reaction of events and meetings that secured the station’s future.

On Nov. 26th the Port’s Harbor Commission approved a lease to install the station’s antenna on an existing 168 foot tower within their property. With this agreement in place, KLBP’s engineers charted course for the Port to flip the proverbial switch. At approximately 3:00 PM PST on Tues. Dec.18, the station’s signal could be heard around town.

“Now that it has taken to the airwaves, KLBP radio has the potential to become a vital community resource. I’d like to thank my Port colleagues for their team effort in helping to support Long Beach Public Media as it begins this exciting new broadcast venture,” said Gerot, “We look forward to hearing the many stories of Long Beach.”

With 168 hours to fill a week, KLBP has plenty of room for local talent to add their voice. The organization is still accepting submissions at klbp.org/submit

In addition, LBPM is currently running a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for its 2019 operating expenses, studio improvements, and ongoing developments.

“Now that we’re on-air, we’re faced with the challenge of staying on-air,” Aguirre added. “I’m confident that Long Beach will embrace this project and help it thrive for many years to come. The fun’s just getting started!”

Check out a List of KLBP’s Pilot Programs:

  • Bix Mix — Longtime LB musician and DJ, Brett Bixby, takes you on an eclectic journey through genre and groove.
  • By All Means Radio — Rod Barajas has been broadcasting all over the Southwest US since 1992, and now proudly joins the unique sound of KLBP. His 2-hour show is an exploration of all amazing music regardless of genre or format.
  • California Country Show — Hosts Just Dave and Casey Cannon explore the many movements and scenes influenced by California Country music.
  • Catbluz  — Turn it up real loud and celebrate the blues with host Gilbert “Catfish” Mares.
  • Cosmic Spot — Join host Michael Walsh for the latest sounds in electronic music ranging from house to experimental.
  • Dancing on the Astral Plane  — DOTAP is a show about the intersection of ethereal spirituality and the experience of music hosted by Rose Lozon.
  • GoGo Boots Radio Hour — Great music, from any and everywhere. Kenny Field curates a mix of local bands and talent from around the world.
  • Israel Hour — From classic favorites to contemporary hits, Josh Shron brings you a selection of Israeli music, news, discussion, and interviews.
  • It’s a GAS! — Steve Blue relives the Great American Songbook through the standards and more.
  • The Lunar Saloon — Ron Husges aka “Floppy Disco” brings you an aural soundtrack fusing psychedelic space rock, cosmic disco, synth-pop, jazz funk, italo disco, easy listening, electro, boogie funk, library music, and more!
  • Magus Elgar (Audio Drama) — Discover the wonders of property damage as Magus Elgar deals with the strangest magic he’s ever witnessed: science!
  • Sounds from the Basin — Local musician and music lover, Matt Cohn dives into the LA basins rich music history.
  • The Westerino Show — Dean Westerfield and Jeff Guarino present an eclectic mix of music and comix reviews, highlighting experimental punk and jazz and rock and instrumental sounds, along with in-depth analyses of independent and underground comix and graphic novels.
  • The Whole Way Through — After listening to the entirety of a local musician’s album, host Talon Stradley sits down with the artist to discuss everything that went in to its creation.

 

About Long Beach Public Media (LBPM) Long Beach Community Television & Media Corporation dba Long Beach Public Media, is a 501(c)(3) working to advance public media through education, technical assistance and access to production facilities. The organization was awarded a permit from the FCC to broadcast at 99.1 FM under the call sign KLBP-LP in December of 2015. KLBP, is a community service of LBPM.

For more information visit klbp.org  

Follow at @klbpfm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

For more information about KLBP, please contact:

Ashley Aguirre ashley@klbp.org

Photos:

All Photos are courtesy of Long Beach Public Media and are available for download here.

Annual meeting

State of the Station banner

Saturday, February 3rd, Noon, at The Top
(201 Pine Ave, Long Beach CA 90802)

Light snacks and beverages provided. Venue entrance is off of Broadway, upstairs. Parking at 50 E. 3rd St., east of Pine (enter from 3rd or 4th Street – two hours free).

8/21/16: Membership Meeting + 99.1 KLBP-FM Fundraising Update

Let’s make History together! Join us in bringing Community Radio to Long Beach!

The Long Beach Community TV & Media Corporation’s 501(c)(3) Board of Directors challenge you to become a part of History as we move toward building a Low-powered FM Community Radio Station in Long Beach. We want YOU to take ownership and pride in KLBP-FM. We need your help laying the foundation for this station, so come prepared to share your vision for KLBP and feel free to bring a friend, neighbor, or your family! This is your station!

Join us for a Membership Meeting on August 21st, 2016 from 5-7PM at The Expo Arts Center located at 4321 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807.
We will be discussing our capital goals and plans for an upcoming KLBP Fair and Fundraiser, including community workshops and more. If you are interested in volunteering or being involved please fill out our interest form.

At time of mass infotainment, where our society is increasingly misinformed and misled by corporate media, it’s crucial that we champion freedom of speech; free from corporate manipulation. It’s a time to step forward and take part in building strong community radio in Long Beach!

We’d be remiss not to mention, that it’s recently come to our attention, that some members may have been discouraged from continuing with the Long Beach Radio Project due to recent threats of legal action against our current Board of Directors—and that some of you may have personally been targeted and threatened with legal action. If you have been led to believe there is a restraining order in effect against our members, please know that this information is false and designed to mislead. There has been no such action granted by the court, and so we keep moving forward in building a station. Rest assured that our legal team is working to take appropriate action.

Because these stations are highly coveted and their systems, transmitters, and tower can eventually be sold for profit, lawsuits of this kind are par for the course. The information sent to members that two people hold 65% ownership of the license is the result of fraudulent paperwork filed by those individuals. We intend to hold these individuals accountable. If you have received any legal threats, please contact us immediately at lbctmcorg@gmail.com

To understand why this is happening, it’s important to know what’s at stake:

For the first time in over a decade, the FCC has granted licenses for new Low Powered FM stations to community benefit non-profit organizations. Out of several thousand applicants, LBCTMC prevailed. However, that is just one small step in the process of building community station. We must now rise together to meet our fundraising challenges together!

My promise to you and this organization is to ensure that this station always belongs to our community. So again, I invite you to join me and our Board of Directors in taking the next step toward building vibrant, strong, and diverse radio in Long Beach.

Upward and Onward,

Ashley Aguirre
Interim President, LBCTMC

Board of Directors
Ashley Aguirre
Judy Baker
Liza Mitchell
Mony Sing
Alex Thong
Doug Wood

 

LBCTMC ANNOUNCE NEW INTERIM PRESIDENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 19, 2016

LONG BEACH COMMUNITY TELEVISION AND MEDIA CORPORATIONANNOUNCE NEW INTERIM PRESIDENT TO LEAD LOW POWERED FM EFFORTS FOR KLBP-FM 99.1(THE LONG BEACH RADIO PROJECT)

LONG BEACH, Calif — Long Beach Community Television and Media Corporation (LBCTMC), the group spearheading efforts for a low powered FM Long Beach radio station, announced today that recently appointed director and Long Beach resident, Ashley Aguirre, will step in as interim President of the organization.

Aguirre, who currently works for Culture COLLiDE, (a boutique culture agency, festival creation company and travel magazine) hails from a world of music marketing. In the past she has worked for Fingerprints Music and Los Angeles based music promoter Spaceland Productions (The Echo, Echoplex, and The Regent).

“Ashley brings with her a high level of integrity, ethics, and organizing abilities. Her deeply rooted connections with diverse community organizations and businesses will provide an opportunity to strengthen LBCTMC’s connections with the same. We are looking forward to her balanced and all inclusive style of leadership with our nonprofit as well as the community radio project,” said longtime LBCTMC Secretary Judy Baker.

“My commitment to this project is rooted in the belief that the person who sees him/herself reflected in his/her community, is most likely to engage with that community. KLBP will always belong to the people of Long Beach. As a board, we want to ensure that this platform for community discussion, objective reporting, storytelling, and diverse music programming thrives for generations to come,” said Aguirre.

 

 

LBCTMC was granted a construction permit by the Federal Communications Commission to build a low power FM station last December and is expected to begin on-air broadcasts May 2017. The group formed in 2009 and previously helped form PADNET, the city’s public access digital network.

The LBCTMC Board of Directors is comprised of :

Ashley Aguirre (Interim President)

Judy Baker (Secretary)

Doug Wood (Interim Treasurer)

Liza Mitchell

Mony Sing

Alex Thuong

John Trapper

For updates on membership and fundraising events follow KLBP-FM at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KLBPFM

Twitter: @KLBPFM

Instagram: @KLBPFM

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For media inquiries and additional information, please contact :

Liza Mitchell lizamitchell4art@gmail.com | (310)489-8998