Broadcast Special to Honor Station Volunteers

For a full schedule of KLBP’s Grand Opening Activities visit klbp.org/grandopening

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Long Beach, Calif — Launching an FM radio station from the ground up is something few people will ever get to experience in their lifetime. Armed with an FCC non-commercial radio permit and a group of veteran radio advisors at their side, a handful of community organizers built a powerful network of volunteers who helped give birth to Long Beach’s new public radio station, 99.1 KLBP.  

“There are so many terrific stories from our volunteers who have been waiting for us to open the doors to our studio. We decided to present those stories to our listeners in their own voices,” says Danny Lemos, Interim General Manager. 

On February 28th at 5p.m., you’ll have the opportunity to hear these stories packaged into a two-hour long special titled.

“The road to launch was filled with a constant need to adapt and learn new skill sets,” says Ashley Aguirre, President of Long Beach Public Media, the nonprofit group who operates the station. “We had everything from people figuring out how to install a broadcast antenna to chopping the wood used to build our live studio room—oftentimes from scratch and with limited resources.”

The volunteer-run and operated radio station nestled beneath Shannon’s on Pine will officially open its doors with a public weekend long celebration taking place February 28th & 29th. 

A ribbon cutting ceremony on February 28th at 11:00am will kick off the festivities. Several city officials and community leaders are expected to attend. Following the ceremony, the studio will remain open until 8:00p.m. for public tours. The tours will resume on Saturday, Feb. 29th from 1:00-8:00p.m. 

“The station is a space for anyone interested in podcasting and radio, from novice to expert level. We are education focused and hope that the public will discover that KLBP is their radio station” adds Lemos. 

Members of the public are encouraged to stop in to record station identification scripts, obtain information about upcoming workshops, training, and more during the aforementioned hours. 

KLBP will round out the celebration with a party at Shannon’s At The Top featuring performances by Khmer-rock band Dengue Fever, rising rap heavyweight Seafood Sam, shoegaze darlings Highlands, and multi-instrumental composer Ellen Warkentine. 

This celebration is made possible by Shannon’s on Pine and a grant from the Port of Long Beach. 

For more information and to RSVP visit klbp.org/grandopening

Schedule of Activities

Friday, Feb. 28

  • 11:00am-1:00pm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • 1:00pm – 8:00pm Open House: Studio Tours

Saturday, Feb. 29

  • 1:00pm-8:00pm Open House: Studio Tours
  • 6:00pm-10:00pm Party featuring Dengue Fever, Seafood Sam, Highlands Ellen Warkentine plus KLBP DJs Hitchcock Brunette + &SOUL

About KLBP

KLBP-LP is a newly licensed low-power FM station broadcasting at 99.1 FM. As a public radio station with an emphasis on local music, storytelling and public affairs, residents throughout Long Beach, San Pedro, and Wilmington can tune in to hear their neighbors, friends, and local personalities. An online stream is also available at klbp.org and the TuneIn radio app. KLBP, is a community service of Long Beach Public Media. For more information visit klbp.org. Follow KLBP! Instagram Facebook Twitter


About Long Beach Public Media

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 and successfully launched the station in December of 2018. 

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Danny Lemos named KLBP Interim General Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 6, 2020

CSULB Student Media Coordinator, Danny Lemos, named Interim General Manager of 99.1 KLBP as Studio Grand Opening Approaches 

Long Beach, Calif — Long Beach Public Media (LBPM) is pleased to announce that radio veteran Danny Lemos has joined the team as Interim General Manager of 99.1 KLBP, Long Beach Public Radio. The move comes as the station’s permanent studio beneath Shannon’s on Pine, is set to open at the end of February. Lemos will lead the volunteer-run station as it transitions from a beta launch to a live studio operation. 

“At varying stages of this project, Danny has been one of our most trusted and key advisors. We are so happy to welcome him in this new role as he leads the next phase of our station’s development,” said Ashley Aguirre, president of LBPM. “His background as an educator ensures that we’ll honor our organization’s mission to build a platform that provides community access to technical training, resources and a hands on production facility”

Lemos is the Student Media Coordinator at Long Beach State University, overseeing 22 West Media, which includes 22 West Radio, 22 West Magazine and 22 West Video.  (Formerly Kbeach Radio, The Long Beach Union Weekly and College Beat TV.) He is also the Vice President/Western Region for Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. 

“My radio experience has morphed into a student development role over the years,” Lemos said. “Developing and educating new talent in radio and podcasting makes KLBP a perfect place for someone like me and I’m excited to be working with my third Long Beach station in 15 years.”

Lemos will serve in a volunteer position until the selection of a permanent General Manager can be made. KLBP is also seeking candidates to take on additional volunteer roles needed to operate the station. For a complete list of open positions, interested applicants can visit visit klbp.org/volunteer

Beginning his career in 1976 at KXLU-FM at Loyola Marymount University as on air host and Promotions Director. Subsequently he was Traffic Manager for KMET-94.7 FM/Los Angeles, Music Director at KIIS-FM/Los Angeles and KEZR/San Jose, wrote and produced for KIIS-FM/Los Angeles, K101-FM/San Francisco.  During those stints, Lemos wrote comedy and did voice characterizations for “Rick Dees In The Morning” and served as Executive Producer & Head writer for “The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown” for Premiere Radio Networks, before turning to writing television specials for ABC-TV. 

He first arrived at California State University, Long Beach in 2006 as Operations Manager for 88.1 FM/KKJZ and a volunteer for student station Kbeach Radio in 2007.  Lemos has been working with radio students and contributing programming to 88.1/KKJZ and KBeach Radio since 2009. In 2010, he created “Mornings On The Beach” which was described as “the most diverse, multi-generational morning show in L.A. radio” and currently occupies the host’s chair on the show, a live laboratory for student training, which airs live Monday – Friday from 9a-10a PST.

About KLBP

KLBP-LP is a newly licensed low-power FM station broadcasting at 99.1 FM. As a public radio station with an emphasis on local music, storytelling and public affairs, residents throughout Long Beach, San Pedro, and Wilmington can tune in to hear their neighbors, friends, and local personalities. An online stream is also available at klbp.org and the TuneIn radio app. KLBP, is a community service of Long Beach Public Media. For more information visit klbp.org. Follow KLBP! Instagram Facebook Twitter

About Long Beach Public Media

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 and successfully launched the station in December of 2018.