Greetings to Our Growing
KPCA Radio Community!
The road to the broadcast of Petaluma’s first new community radio programming of this century has been rather long and indirect. In fact, it began nearly two decades ago, soon after PCA was founded. PCA actually obtained an FCC “license to build” a low-power FM radio station all the way back in the late 90s. Things, however, did not work out for “KPCA” that time around – Petaluma Community Access ultimately had neither the human nor financial resources to get it up and running – and that first broadcast never happened. We never stopped trying, though, and two years ago succeeded in obtaining a second FCC LPFM license. In fact, when we requested our desired call letters, the FCC replied that they were already reserved by someone – took us a week to figure out that they who had reserved “KPCA” was us!
Cut to the chase: in January this year, Radio Manager Rob Tomaszewski and his volunteer crew straightened out the final technical kinks in our online, live-streaming player. And we turned it on for all to hear at 2:00PM (PST) on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2nd 2017. So the quotation marks have come off and KPCA 103.3FM is now on the air, streaming online – but temporarily ‘ad hoc’ – radio programming at our new www.kpca.fm website. There are, obviously, a lot of empty drop-down menus yet to be filled in as, over the next few months, we get to know our new equipment, talents, and the formal procedures required for everything to function smoothly and creatively. We are presently training future KPCA Programmers by appointment, and learning together exactly how this exciting new media platform is going to work. That is why our online radio broadcasts in this initial period will not be available 24/7. Various in-house playlists will be assembled for test broadcasts and aired as often as we can, and interested radio show producers can contact us at (707) 773-3190 to reserve time to try out the new gear. Installation of the eventual antenna for LPFM radio reception is concurrently underway at the SRJC Petaluma campus. And if all the moving parts of that effort come together most efficiently, we should be broadcasting from it in early May.
There remains an equally important amount of infrastructure and procedural work yet to be done and we welcome our future KPCA programmers, PCA members, and any residents of the Petaluma area who are as excited as we are about listening to locally produced community radio: to join us in accomplishing each of the many next steps. Please see the ‘Volunteer!’ sign-up information (under the ‘Make Radio’ drop-down menu) on this site. We are also initiating an official PCA Members’ Advisory Committee for Radio Volunteers to help steer our modest operation to greater success. Because this is a community radio station, building an operationally sound and creatively vibrant member-driven radio resource depends on the community – so we welcome you!
Our Mission, Vision, and Commitment
Petaluma Community Access, Inc. was founded in 1996 as a nonprofit member organization charged with administering Community Access TV for the City of Petaluma. Our Mission Statement then remains effective now…
To promote freedom of expression in a public voice,
provide access to communication tools,
and foster the use of media.
In 2015, the City also specified in our renewed 5 year Agreement that we are to provide public access to low-powered radio resources as well as TV. PCA’s original tagline, “Communication Builds Community” still stands, but should actually be extended to complete the loop with ‘community builds communication’ too. This is the magic circle you become part of as we launch KPCA 103.3FM for the City of Petaluma and the good people who live here. Our Vision for this new community radio adventure is that we will provide…
An audio ‘window of opportunity’ for residents of Petaluma:
to express ourselves on streaming internet & LPFM airwaves,
sharing our passions, opinions, musical tastes & civic interests,
shining positive light on all things related to life in our community,
and thereby enhancing & expanding our social & cultural horizons.
And our commitment to KPCA includes you. Truth be told, the basic formula for our most productive, collective commitment to this public access radio adventure is exactly as follows…