Community radio, LP stations, Fundraising and You!

Community Radio is supported by listeners like you!

Community Radio is supported by listeners like you!

What is Community Radio?

Community radio is a service that offers a different model of broadcasting in relation to commercial and public broadcasting. Community stations serve the geographical areas they can reach and are of interest.

Community radio airs content that is popular and relevant to its surrounding area’s interests, and can’t usually be found on commercial or mass-media broadcasts. The community influences, owns and operates the stations. They are generally nonprofit and provide a mechanism for enabling individuals, groups, and communities to tell their own stories, to share experiences and, in a media-rich world, to become creators and contributors of media.

WBDY-LP 99.5 FM offers two original community centered opportunities on-air. We invite local musicians and other artistic talent to come on air and talk with us, play unplugged, and are moving into a new studio soon in order to invite even larger local groups on-air. Not only that, but we also play locally created music on the airwaves, and give these community musicians another outlet to shine.

The Bundy, Binghamton’s Community Radio, also has multiple two-hour slots where anyone is invited from the community to run their own show. All you have to do, if interested, is email us at info@Bundymuseum.org.

What is an LP Station?

Low-power broadcasting refers to a broadcast station operating at a low electrical power to a smaller service area than "full power" stations within the same region.

Low Power FM (LPFM) is a non-commercial educational broadcast radio service created by the Federal Communications Commission in the United States in 2000. LPFM licenses, which are limited to a maximum effective radiated power (ERP) of 100 watts.

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The original purpose of LPFM was to serve as an alternative to "radio homogenization", as described in the J&MC Quarterly Journal, as "... Necessary to offset the growing consolidation of station ownership in the wake of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which removed caps on radio ownership, as well as the decline of locally produced radio programming.

How does non-profit radio stay on-air?

Land-based radio stations do not charge their listeners for the product they create and distribute. Instead, they raise some funds from the ads they sell (or with the use of underwriters, such as WBDY does), they hold special events, or in some cases the syndication of their most popular shows and the special services they can provide to other radio stations can provide support.

Non-commercial radio, also called non-comm for short, includes college radio and community-based radio stations... Most non-commercial stations rely either on subsidies from a non-profit such as a university or listener contributions for their income.

Support Binghamton Community Radio, Donate or Pledge today!!

WBDY-LP (99.5 FM), Binghamton Community Radio, is preparing for its first-ever fund drive! We aim to raise $25,000 to keep this one-of-a-kind station viable and vibrant in the coming year!

 We hope to raise funds by doing what we do best -- building community by bringing people together through a shared love of community radio. Rest assured, this will be like no other radio fund drive.

 Ours will feature live-broadcasted events in the evening, live performances during Audio Classics Local Music Hour (11 a.m. - noon), and great conversations with our area’s most interesting, fun, and talented individuals. We are going to show Binghamton exactly what community radio should be!

 During the week, we’re also teaming up with Art of Binghamton and using the power of First Friday to get the word out.

 It’s non-stop great radio, from Monday, June 3rd to Monday, June 10th on 99.5 FM.

 A community radio station is only as strong as the collective efforts of those who care enough to ensure its continued longevity and development. 

 So please join us! There are many different ways to get involved:

 Learn more about the station.

 See what’s playing. 

Sign-up you and/or your organization to co-host.

And, because money is still important, make an early pledge to our fund drive today! No need to donate right now (but, hey, why not? Donate here or through Patreon). Pledging helps us figure out who's listening, supporting, and who we still need to reach. We also need equipment to run the station and support other local music, so donations that we can use as giveaways items, prizes, or for basket raffles are much appreciated!  

So, pledge today! 

Have any questions? Please don't hesitate to reach Program Director Andy Pragacz at andy@bundymuseum.org or call the Bundy Museum at 607-772-9179.

Written by Colin Wood

Gardening with VINES and you!

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VINES shares a similar mission with the Bundy radio station and museum. While the Bundy radio station is committed to promote the Broome County area’s vibrant arts and music community and explore our area’s unique history and culture, we share an important goal with VINES - Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, Inc., in assisting our communities by bringing good into the world, and bringing our several diverse communities together through programs, events, gardening, and education.

VINES is an organization committed to developing a sustainable and just community food system. They do this by bringing together diverse groups of people, with a focus on youth development, to establish community gardens, urban agriculture and community green spaces. They strive to develop and beautify urban sites and empower community members of all ages and abilities.

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The essence of VINES’ work is captured in its simple motto: growing food, growing community. They also excel in connecting community consumers to rural farmers. VINES exploded after they ventured out for the first time into the community in 2007. The demand for more gardens, education and access to local food became such a demand that VINES grew faster than ever imagined.

“VINES became an independent nonprofit in 2010, and now manages a number of programs including a community garden program, the Binghamton Urban Farm (BUF), Grow Binghamton (a summer youth employment program), the Green Thumb Educational Workshop Series, and the Binghamton Farm Share program (Farm Share).” 

We were lucky to have VINES on the air at Bundy Radio with our very own Janna Rudler for a highly interesting and in-depth interview.

Listen to the interview yourself here:

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The VINES Board is lead by David Levenson, Chair, Christopher Allin, Vice Chair, Shelbi Dubord, Secretary, and Christopher Caroompas, Treasurer. Staff leaders are Amelia LoDolce, Executive Director, Kaitlyn Sirna, Community Garden and Youth Program Manager, Kyle Rittenburg, Urban Farm Manager, and Kate-Miller Corcoran, Binghamton Farm Share Coordinator. These are just a few of the dedicated souls who help to make this non-profit organization grow and reach more and more community members in the Broome County area.

VINES has been awarded the 2019 Guide Star Silver Seal of Transparency as well, revealing that this is a truly excellent venture to help feed those in need, and those who want fresh, valuable, and important nutrition to our area, while also helping farmers unload their supplies to more and more local consumers.

About VINES Farm Share

VINES Farm Share Program

VINES Farm Share Program

What is Farm Share?

VINES Farm Share is a weekly subscription to a box of local veggies. You sign up ahead of time and pick up your share each week at the same time and location. VINES works with local farms to help you eat veggies that are being harvested within 60 miles, which makes them super fresh! They offer different size shares and flexible payment plans. They proudly accept EBT/SNAP benefits.  Every week, they provide member education for their members so that you know what it is in your share and how to store and cook what you’re getting!

How to Sign Up

  1. Get an agreement by:

    • Call/Text Kate at 607-238-3522

    • Picking one up at the VINES office

    • Visiting their website

VINES offers workshops and the next few coming up include:

  • Advanced Home Composting Workshop - May 15th, 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the B.C. Public Library

  • Farm Share 1010 Workshop - May 29th, 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Central United Methodist Church, Endicott

  • Container Gardening Workshop - June 5th, 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Binghamton Urban Farm - 16 Tudor Street.

For future workshops visit: https:vinesgardens.org/events/

For a list of VINES Gardens in our communities visit: https://vinesgardens.org/programs/community/gardens

If you would like to get involved, VINES contact information is as follows:

607-205-8108

info@vinesgardens.org

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3104 Binghamton, NY 13902

Office Address:
42 Chenango Street United Prebsyterian Church Binghamton, NY 13901

Written by Colin Wod

S.T.A.P. benefits from big donations and lots of love!

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S.T.A.P. benefits from big donations and lots of love!

The Southern Tier A.I.D.S. Program threw a great benefit on Sunday at Remlik’s Grille & Oyster Bar, where the love of many came together in beautiful fashion to boost research and help for A.I.D.S., in a big way.

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S.T.A.P. Development Director Mary Kaminsky couldn’t have sounded happier about the turnout and results of the 2019 Startender and Divas Rockstar A.I.D.S. benefit. Mary soared around Remlik’s talking to everyone and flashing a wonderful smile as the donations flowed in from everyone attending.

Some big donations joined small donations, and some big businesses too. There was a 50/50 raffle in which the winner donated back the money to S.T.A.P. There were gift baskets and envelopes taken for big donations. There was entertainment that seemed to last throughout the whole event, with small breaks for performers to join the crowd and fun and collect donations themselves.

DeDe Kupps, Monroe Sedgwick, Dusty Boxx, Katrina, Virginia Ham, Peaches Eclair and Remlik’s very own raw bar master and master entertainer Chris DeCosta, who all put the bar into a roar of applause each performance, were masterful, entertaining, and the lives of the party.

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If you take a look at the photo, you can see the Startender totals next to their first names. All Startenders did wonderfully, and the grand total was $14,975.84, bettering last year’s total by approximately $3,000. You might see a total of $18,050 in the photo, but S.T.A.P. decided that as incredible as the Divas were we couldn’t count their take twice, along with some doubling of a couple other big tips by accident. Certainly, they are thrilled with the real total, in any case, and greatly thank everyone who attended and made this such a success again this year.

Remlik’s was packed for almost the full benefit, and the extra room in the great hall outside was open to the crowd, lending a comfortable atmosphere for those who needed a little space or break from the definitively rocking music. There was free pizza to go with your drink of choice, and a conversation to be had just about anywhere in the room.

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All we saw were smiles on every soul in the room, and it seemed that everyone knew exactly why they were all there, and what the cause was for, and you could gather a sense of humility and humbleness from a crowd of big hearts who have all probably lost someone in their lives to A.I.D.S., Auto-Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

A.I.D.S. research has come a long way, and it was last reported that numbers of deaths in America had dropped to it’s the lowest number ever, and those contracted with the disease, as well. In the U.K., there have now been two individuals completely cured of the disease, and the hopes are that those treatments get cheaper and more accessible to the rest of the world so everyone can be cured.

Be sure to catch the next S.T.A.P. Rockstar Bartending Benefit Bash, and become part of history, too.



Written by Colin Wood

Upcoming Live Performances at the Bundy Museum

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Live From First Friday” performances rock the Bundy every first Friday of the month, all year long. We shine the light on local performers heard round the area, and bring them here for your pure enjoyment, and free.

Last month, we enjoyed the great sounds of Devinne Meyers and her amazing musicality and instrumentals. Ms. Meyers really loves to travel and sing for everyone, and doesn’t shy away from a performance or an interview and a chance to spread her message of joy. Devinne, will return to the Bundy for another rocking evening in July for “The Art of Binghamton”. Opening the event on June 7th in the gallery on the 3rd floor of the Bundy Museum will be, Alex Creamer, from 6 to 9PM.


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Alex

"Creamer finds the sweet spot somewhere between late 1960s folk and late 1990s Lilith Fair, with confessional lyrics and stripped-back arrangements.” - Chris Kocher

Taking a quick glance at Alex’s Facebook page, one can see that she enjoys playing guitar on her front porch, hiking in the mountains, and drinking very dark beer. Alex has a great smile and lots of spirit, and we are sure you’ll be touched by her sound that spans decades of styles of music.


Bess Greenberg

Bess Greenberg

That same night continues our “Live From First Friday” performances with the entrancing and soulful voice of Bess Greenberg. Bess intertwines an upright bass and guitar with her smooth sounds, and will definitely put some groove into your evening. She will perform at 7PM.





Taze Yanick

Taze Yanick

Be sure to remember to catch our May “Live From First Friday” entertainer, Taze Yanick, inspiring you with his Jazz guitar playing. Taze is a native of Seattle, Washington. There, he attended the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, along with The Evergreen State College, and landed here at Binghamton University. He graces coffee houses and other venues around the area, and we are proud to be presenting Taze to you, as well.


Written by Colin Wood

5 Things to do in Broome County

Photo is courtesy of Patti Schwartz and  http://www.pattilovesbing.com/

Photo is courtesy of Patti Schwartz and http://www.pattilovesbing.com/

BROOME COUNTY IS FILLED WITH ALL SORTs OF CULTURAL EVENTS, BANDS, SHOWS, KIDS ACTIVITIES, AND MORE. I’ve HEARD IT SAID, “THERE’S NOTHING TO DO IN THIS AREA”. MAYBE WE’VE ALL BEEN GUILTY OF SAYING THIS, BUT IT’S JUST PLAIN WRONG.

Here is a list of 5 great things you or your family can partake in this quite incredibly artsy and family-themed area. The only thing missing is an amusement park. But, if you want to find a park, we have plenty to have a blast at.

1. PICK A PARK!

Broome County is filled with parks. There is Otsiningo Park along the Chenango River, which offers a baseball field, two soccer fields, a huge playground for the kiddies, bathrooms, water fountains, a beautiful walkway surrounding and meandering through the park, around a pond, and among the geese. Look out for dogs walking, bikes, and skaters, but they aren’t hard to avoid, as they hardly ever out-number the walkers.

There are Greenwood and Nathaniel Cole Parks. Both offer lakes with swimming fronts and sandy beaches. Both offer boating and fishing. Want to catch some rays and socialize with new friends, old friends, neighbors or associates? These two parks have all the sun-bathing room you need, plenty of picnic tables, large group outdoor venues, grills, softball fields, and playgrounds.

Don’t stop just at those parks though, or you’ll be missing out. There’s still Dorchester Park in Whitney Point. They have a huge, long lake, with a boat launch, and sail boat, kayak, and paddleboard rentals available. Plenty of beachfront sand and swimming. A playground, and some grilling and picnic areas. It can make for a beautiful day if the weather is just right.

Our last, but not least, favorite place to go is Highland Park in Endwell. This park has it all. A carousel, playground, swimming pool, grills, picnic tables and is the center of many functions, including the famous July 4th celebration every summer with the most incredible fireworks display in the area. Of course, there are other parks, but these are our favorites here at WBDY-LP 99.5 FM Binghamton’s Community Radio and offer the most for you or your family’s visit.

2. LIONS, TIGERS, AND BEARS...OH MY!

Let’s not forget the world-famous April and her giraffe family. Yes, Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY has everything you and the kids will love: many animals to pet and feed, exotic pets, and of course the only giraffes in the surrounding area, or even upstate NY, we believe. April became famous in 2017, when even in Germany, the news was getting around that she was having her first baby, and there was a contest to name it.

The Ross Park Zoo is hilly, but it is a beautiful walk through the woods as you happen upon some of your favorite animals, including the popular penguins, who are a fan favorite. The zoo has a few picnic areas, and a carousel, as well.

We’d be remiss not to mention an out of county zoo, but only about an hour outside of Binghamton in Syracuse, Onondaga County. That is the world-knowned Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Wow, this place has 700 different animals, they purport on Google Search. From snakes to spiders, monkeys to tigers, Amur leopards and yes, even bears. A new large penguin display, American bison, elephants with a new bundle of joy in an Asian elephant making its public debut around Memorial Day, and so many more exotic creatures such as the red panda cubs, snow leopard cubs, and lemurs. Even check out a cute bird sanctuary inside. This zoo has tables inside and out to eat at, petting barns, all surrounding you after you grab a bite to eat at their restaurant.

3. TAKE IN A SHOW!

Now, this is one entertainment area that Binghamton and the surrounding communities are never, ever shy of. Whether it’s Broadway Tours at the Forum Theater, The Tri-Cities Opera, Summer Savoyards, the Fab Arts Company, SRO Productions, EPAC, or any of the other small community theater groups, combined with Broadway caliber high school performances, you can find a show on almost any given weekend to take in.

The area’s talent, combined with SUNY-Broome’s music program, Binghamton University’s music and theater programs, as well as hundreds of professional and amateur performers, this county is busting out at the seams with talent.

The Floyd L. Maines Arena, once known for decades as the War Veterans Memorial Arena, outside of which you will find a nice memorial to lost area soldiers, puts on concerts often, many different community programs for kids, the Shriner’s circus, and of course our very own hockey team, the Binghamton Devils (for more about sports, keep reading).

That’s just a limited look at what comes through the arena on any given day, night or weekend. Don’t forget all those kids shows that pull through, and some area graduations.

There is a whole heck of a lot of live entertainment. From bands such as O.C.D., The KiiL, Milkweed, The Gents, Wreckless Marci and many, many more amazingly talented groups to magician acts, singing competitions, amazing karaoke at places like the Lost Dog or Nips Park Avenue Saloon Thursday nights, or try Birtchy's Joint on Saturday nights with Amy Howe, a powerful singer in her own right. You’ll hear some great singing coming from mouths you’d never guess could produce the quality they do.

The Lost Dog has a singing competition coming up beginning the 18th that will blow your socks off for sure. The talent that Powerhouse Entertainment and Frankie Cepero pulls in on a Thursday night is out of this world, and you might feel guilty you haven’t forked over a concert fee for what you find yourself a part of after 3 hours of wall-to-wall top voices the area has to offer.

4. SPORTS ANYONE?

I think most of us are aware that our area thrives on sports. There is the NY Mets Double-A team at NYSEG Stadium, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. We have a UHL Hockey team in the Binghamton Devils, formerly the Senators, formerly the Rangers, formerly the Whalers, formerly the Dusters. If we’ve left a team name out, we apologize, but we think we fit them all in here.

There are lots of High School sporting events and currently and in the past, we have had County, State, and World Champs come out of Broome County. It was just in 2017, that Maine-Endwell Little League won the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania, just a few hours away. We’ve had High School teams rank 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in National High School rankings, and an uncountable number of State Champs in just about every sport.

At one point, Vestal Soccer and Binghamton Basketball and Football were all ranked in the top 3 in the nation in their respective sports at the same time, but we are going back just a few decades for that mention.

5. KIDS AND FAMILY FUN!

Here we’d simply like to list some places you can take yourself, your kids, or the whole family to have hours of fun and enjoyment.

Tully’s - Sure, it’s a restaurant, but with dozens of televisions sets playing all different types of sports, and a game room, combined with large plates of delicious, lip-smacking, finger-licking, kick-butt food, kids love this place.

Bowling Alleys - Midway Lanes, Sunset Lanes, and Laurel Bowl seem to be the most popular hangouts for the bowling crowd, although there are others in the area. Families will flock to these establishments when there are no leagues happening, and they offer midnight bowling, kids bumper bowling, video games, food, and fun.

There are numerous swimming pools, a few right by some of the area’s famous carousels. Just check out those parks I mentioned above, and in your neighborhoods, as many have their own pools.

Robot City Games is a throwback to the past for some of us older folk who grew up with the first arcades ever. Here you’ll find a large back room filled with lines and lines of old standing video games and in the country's largest video game arcade is a long row of pinball machines for all you wizards out there. The store also offers lots of used games, and gaming systems, and more.

There are activities all around this area, especially when winter ends, and the warm months charge through the area. You’d be remiss to not find anything to do. We hope you find this article educational, and handy the next time you or the kids say, “There’s nothing to do!”

*All Venues have links.

Photo is courtesy of Patti Schwartz and http://www.pattilovesbing.com/

Written by Colin Wood

Underwriting for WBDY Bundy Radio Program

Underwriting for WBDY Bundy Radio Program

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia.com/Old Radio Photo

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia.com/Old Radio Photo

Why Funding Community radio is important!

Community radio is a common good in a time when media is largely non-local, consolidated, and corporatized. It is a space for our diverse community to listen to each other and improve together. The WBDY format is unique and showcases our Broome County community, while offering people without access to traditional media a platform for self-expression.

We invite all community members to create programming and content that is in line with our mission. Our goal is to help community members make their vision a reality, whether it be hosting a weekly music program, having their song played on air, or sharing their own story.

In order to accomplish this goal, we offer students, community news gatherers, organizations, and community members opportunities and skill development relating to the production of their own radio programming. At our heart, WBDY-LP 99.5 FM Radio is an open platform and an ongoing, never-finished, community project.

WBDY 99.5 FM has three major funding streams: memberships, underwriting, and grants. In 2018, we began a membership system through Patreon.com, connected with various potential and current underwriters, and began pursuing grants.

Benefits of underwriting community radio

  1. Underwriting makes you a vibrant member of the WBDY-LP and community radio in Binghamton! You can feel good knowing that your contribution supports local arts, music, and history programming on and off the air.

  2. An underwriting statement expressing your organization’s support of Bundy Radio WBDY, which includes a description of your services, contact information, and your catch-phrase/tag line. It will be approximately 20 seconds long and run at least twice a day from 7am-10pm.

  3. Inclusion of your organization in a twice-daily listing of underwriters and a linked listing on our website and social media. See our website for a complete list of supporters here.

  4. Underwriters are members of the WBDY community. We work with underwriters to develop event-specific radio spots, as well.

  5. All underwriting is tax deductible. Bundy Radio maintains non-profit status. All low-power stations in the country must be run on a non-commercial basis and only non-profits are eligible to receive LP licenses.

Cost levels for underwriting WBDY-LP Bundy Radio 99.5 FM

1 month = $125

4 months = $400 ($100/month)

6 months = $550 ($92/month)

1 year = $1,000 ($83/month)

*If you sign up for a year of underwriting at once, you lock in that rate for the next year, as well!

Please direct all inquiries into underwriting Bundy Radio to:

The Bundy Museum of History and Art/Bundy Radio

(607) 772-9179

or WBDY@BundyMuseum.org

*For more information on underwriting please request our underwriting guideline and information packet.

Thank you for your interest and consideration.

Bundy Radio

Written by Colin Wood

Welcome To the Bundy Radio Blog

Welcome to the Bundy Radio Blog!


The Bundy Museum, Binghamton, NY

The Bundy Museum, Binghamton, NY

Welcome

We are so thrilled here at the Bundy Museum to welcome you to another new aspect of WBDY-LP. WBDY is a non-commercial, independent, community radio station located in Binghamton, NY and a project of the Bundy Museum of History and Art.

Our Mission

The radio has a mission. That is, to promote the Broome County area’s vibrant arts and music community; explore our area’s unique history and culture; assist our communities bringing good into the world; and act as a platform and creative outlet for the Binghamton community.

Our Goal

Our primary goal is to cultivate a “community radio ethos.” To be able to foster a community where people are empowered to think, act, speak, and explore with others out-loud for the betterment of themselves and their neighbors.

With you as listeners, supporters and underwriters we are able to use the positive power of radio to create community, foster creativity, encourage civic engagement, explore the vast depths of human knowledge, and create a more socially and economically just world.

Our Programming

We offer an incredibly diverse and varietal mix of programming, including local music and interviews with artists and community leaders, as well as locally recorded programming. We also assist live venues with live recording and production, and help promote overlooked events throughout our area with WBDY-LP partners.

We also love our Bundy Radio Hour — replete with local voices and their stories and talents. We are an affiliate of the Pacifica Network and broadcast a variety of enriching programs from fellow affiliates. Keep your ear out for new BRH specials coming up, such as band interviews and unplugged and plugged music, and more. New shows, new interviews too!

Thanks for listening and reading!

If you’re a business owner, keep your eye out for our next posting on how to become a Bundy Radio Underwriter. To all others, again welcome to our blog, and we hope to see you back here again, and remember to keep listening to 99.5 WBDY-LP Radio all day, every day.

Written by Colin Wood