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Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

On August 31, about forty supporters of Free Radio Santa Cruz met at the RCNV to watch Making Waves, a new documentary about both un-licensed pirate radio and Low Power FM (LPFM). Before watching the feature presentation, we watched a few short documentaries about FRSC and viewed footage of FRSC in the corporate media. Listeners of FRSC took the opportunity to personally thank various FRSC programmers. The film screening was a benefit for FRSC and we (members of the FRSC collective) greatly appreciate everyone's donations.
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Making Waves is a very good film about both un-licensed pirate radio and Low Power FM (LPFM). The found footage (early 20th century) in Making Waves is very entertaining. The film provides an easy to follow explanation of Low Power FM with a case study on stations in Arizona and Michigan.

Before watching Making Waves, we watched a few short documentaries about Free Radio Santa Cruz made by students at UC Santa Cruz. These short videos complimented Making Waves nicely by adding a broader prospective of the types of people reclaiming the airwaves and some of the reasons for taking them back.

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Free Radio Santa Cruz has been on the air for almost ten years without a license and broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, in defiance of federal regulations. (more about FRSC...)
 
 


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Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

It was nice to meet and see FRSC's supporters and listeners face-to-face. Thank you for your generous financial support, your input and your encouragement. Thanks for listening.
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

FRSC ain't the same without VMan...
 

Re: Where's V-Man?

I think that V-Man is only one who can really answer this question. I agree though, FRSC is definitely not the same. V-Man has done so much for FRSC, it would be impossible to tally it all up. He has been a huge inspiration for me and has taught me so much about radio.

You may have heard V-Man recently on Free Speech Radio News, Sprouts, Workers' Independent News Service, Making Contact, Radio IMC and elsewhere.

Or, perhaps you noticed V-Man's updates from the RNC in NYC:
santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/11228/index.php

FRSC is a very special community radio station. It is a great way for people to get involved in radio. Sometimes people take the skills they developed at FRSC and apply them in a different community. There are many examples of FRSC DJs leaving FRSC and going on to form other pirate stations (ex. Reckless and Free Radio Austin) or work for larger news service (Mic of FRSC and SC-IMC currently works with Free Speech Radio News)

I miss Rockin' the Boat and V-Man's morning variety show. I miss V-Man's 24/7/365 passion for FRSC.

Who knows what will happen next?

Free the Airwaves, Free Radio Santa Cruz.
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

ask Skidmark Bob, that question.
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

thanks, Brad...
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

Yeah where was vman the morning after he QUIT FRSC with no warning and programmers had to cover his ass! yeah wheres Vman?
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

Free Radio is my favorite station in Santa Cruz! Keep up the good work! Glad the benefit went well. I would have attended , but was at Burning Man.
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

at the doctors office, that's where.
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

and for the record, its a NICE CHANGE OF PACE to have others (even if it is the few who ACTUALLY do important work at FRSC) "cover" my ass, after nine years of covering everyone else's...

Someday soon, the same burnout I experienced will be felt by some other unlucky soul at FRSC.
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

Yes It is a great change of pace!! although vman should of had enough personal responsibility to at least call the FRSC voicemail to say he QUIT please cover my shift. but no warning no word almost like he was trying to punish FRSC because his EGO was hurt oh WAH! Thanks alot vman
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

Yes Vinny will be the first to tell everyone how hard he works while berating everyone else. How many have been driven off the air by your ego and control. maybe they could have done some work if it wasnt soo much work dealing with Vman. Maybe if you all would just give him a big pat on the back already the whining would stop. Recognition seems his ONLY motivation
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

Usualy when an activist thinks they are the only important people in a movement, there is no movement. It rings of a severe mental problem, delusions of grandier and such egocentric behavior are signs of a very troubled individual. Kids stay away from this one and keep your revolution clean.
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

Define "IMPORTANT" work...
You mean "Yours" dont you???
admit it.
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

i think you should fight about it
 

Important work

No, Bob, I mean, "A Freak" by important, I'm talking about the work that people like you, Uncle Dennis, George, and a few other's who actually come to meetings, show up most weeks for their sows, help organize benefits, and generally do work around FRSC to help it thrive. There are plenty of people at FRSC who do NOTHING BUT MAKE PROBLEMS FOR THIS AFFORMENTIONED GROUP.
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

My work also is important, or else I would'nt do it.
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

Can someone show me where in this string I said my work was "more important"
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

Vinny said (unless he edited what he wrote), "Its a NICE CHANGE OF PACE to have others (even if it is the few who ACTUALLY do important work at FRSC)."

This is not him saying he is (or was) more important than others. I don't see anything posted here worth the kind of hostility being exchanged. I have had my differences with Vinny, but one unexcused absence after 7 years of service seems to be a fairly minor offense.
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

Remember when FRSC was called the Phil and Bob Radio Network?
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

I'm not in the SC IMC collective and therefore I don't have access to edit statements on this site.
 

Re: editing posts

Santa Cruz Indymedia currently uses a codebase called DadaIMC and allows users the ability login to set personal preferences and edit your own posts. Editing can be very helpful if you made a typo, forgot to mark your post as HTML, or something like that....
(but, like most things, the ability to edit your own posts can be abused. as far as i know, only IMCs that run on Dada allow users a personal login.)

User Login

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Enter your username and password to access your preferences and editable items. If you do not have a username and password, you may create a new account.

The login is located in the left column, just above the info library
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

I think this IMC story was about the FRSC benifit remember? Its amazing to me that there are so many people so passionate about a little 35 watt radio station, Its come so far since it first was put on the air in Kim Argulas bedroom, in march 2004 it will be 10yrs old so many people have broadcasted so many
have diferent veiws on how it should run, whats also amazing to me is that here we have a COMMUNICATION device bringing so much INDEPENDANT
news, culture, music ect and we really dont know how to communicate with each other we need to learn how to communicate with each other better than IMC comments. This system were all trying desparately to bring down has conditioned us NOT to communicate with each other and It follows in our activisim somewhere somehow we need to relearn
how to communicate like when we were kids remember? so honest in how we felt as we age and are conditioned in this Fuck everybody I want mine
world we live in. anyway but I do thank SCIMC for this weird way we can communicate. as for Vinny and FRSC I respect all the great work he has done and still does and we are trying to communicate better. Anyway thats all.
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

JUst wish Vinny would respect someone else
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

Hey BobLamonicasGhost (tho hes still alive)
Yes I do remember that and it's one of the reasons I stepped out of the limelight. I have found that there are many passionate activists who will step up to the plate if you give them room.
I remember when Food not Bombs was me and my 5 friends who were also Free Radio and IWW and a host of other revolutions. I and others felt that if we did not do it no one else would and we burned out one by one and guess what..another 5 people took over and it never ended.
We all do important work but when you come to think yours is the only important work and only you can save us all we all will fail.
I was Freak Radios poster boy when no-one wanted to talk to the media, I was a media slut when most of us were afraid to put our faces on camera and when I stepped back there were plenty of other media sluts to take my place, just give em room.

Now I heard about this post and now that I've seen it I gotta warn y'all that there is no way of knowing who you are communicating with here. If I was an agent I could keep you fighting forever by just attaching Vinny or Bobs name to a post, kinda like they did to the Panthers, just better technology.
I think you all do good work and if you give some SUPPORT and perhaps some POSITIVE feedback to your fellow workers perhaps others can do some good work to...
Do you Realy think there is time to fight amongst yourselves??? Silly Very silly...
Phil
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

I love FRSC and all the folks who have put in hours and months and years keeping it alive and well. You all rock!

And for all the complainers: you need to learn to love and respect yourself. Don't worry so much about what Vinny thinks. Really. Instead of wasting your time complaining about Master V, try working on your own thang, mkay?

Slow down for a minute... take a moment to smell the flowers, take a deep breath, and take your meds.


~ Colorless green thoughts sleep furiously. ~
 

my last word on this post

There are many innuendoes and allegations on this string. And also many, many aggravating circumstances that most readers of this string do not know. For their benefit I will offer only one. In case you did not not know, I have two herniated discs in my back. I am out of work on disability, and must get to different doctors three or four times a week. At about the time I "Quit," it had become physically impossible for me to get to the station everyday. I couldn't really even walk for a time. I'm getting a little better, but still really injured. Yes, there were MANY other factors, but this was a huge one.

People, please keep in mind that we all are human and make mistakes, I know I've made many, but I do not accept the notion that if someone has a grievance with me, AND THEY SAY NOTHING, I am not responsible when they "driven off the air." Like Bob says, we need to COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER.

If nothing else, FRSC has changed me for the better, and it has changed many others, too. I cherish my time there, and will look back with warm memories. But I will not miss the stress.

I am happy to step aside, and let others take on "leadership" roles. I want nothing more than to see FRSC continue to grow and evolve, which is also why I left. I was so entwined, and it became too much, so I dropped out. In the long run, I think it was the best thing to do at the moment FOR MYSELF. For all those years I never learned to put MY OWN needs first. I finally discovered that.

Good luck to the once and future pirates, and may this string die, but the conversations continue....
Onward.
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

Interesting and real series of comments.

Sometimes a public airing of grievances ("dirty laundry") isn't such a bad idea. The road may be rough but the final view from ridge is beautiful.

Any place the fine radio documentary on Free Radio that aired a year ago can be found?
It would be great if someone would post it--if they haven't already.
 

Re: Making Waves in Support of Free Radio Santa Cruz

seems V-Man was the only one "driven off the air."
 

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