ABOUT WAVE FARM

Wave Farm is a non-profit arts organization driven by experimentation with broadcast media and the airwaves. Our programs—Transmission Arts, WGXC-FM, and Media Arts Grants—provide access to transmission technologies and support artists and organizations that engage with media as an art form.

Transmission Arts

Transmission Arts programs support artists who engage the transmission spectrum, on the airwaves and through public events. The Wave Farm Artist Residency Program is an international visiting artist program. The Transmission Arts Archive presents a living genealogy of artists’ experiments with broadcast media and the airwaves. Wave Farm Radio is a continuous online radio feed and site-specific broadcast on 1620-AM.

WGXC 90.7-FM

Wave Farm's WGXC 90.7-FM is a creative community radio station based in New York’s Greene and Columbia counties. Hands-on access and participation activate WGXC as a public platform for information, experimentation, and engagement.

Media Arts Grants

Wave Farm's Media Arts Grants program includes fiscal sponsorship as well as the New York State Council on the Arts in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF) and New York Media Arts Map, which support electronic media and film organizations, as well as individual artists, in all regions of New York State through a regrant from the NYSCA Electronic Media and Film program.

LOCATIONS

Wave Farm / WGXC Acra
5662 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405 info@wavefarm.org (518) 622-2598

Hours: Wave Farm is open by appointment year-round.

Our organizational headquarters, the Wave Farm Study Center (Acra, NY) is home an artist residency program, research library, site-specific installations by collaborating artists, Wave Farm Radio 1620-AM and WGXC 90.7-FM's Acra Studio. Click here for more information including a property map and descriptions of artist projects installed at Wave Farm in Acra, NY.

Directions:
From the New York State Thruway (I-87): Take Exit 21 (Catskill/Cairo). Turn left at the stoplight after the toll booth. Follow ramp right toward Cairo. Continue on Route 23 West for approximately 12 minutes. (Or... From the Rip Van Winkle Bridge: Heading west, cross the bridge, and continue on Route 23 West for approximately 15 minutes.) When the road forks with 145, bear left (toward Windham) continuing on Route 23 West. Go straight through the stop sign following the fork. From the stop sign, Wave Farm's entrance is 3.6 miles on the right. The entrance is a black top driveway (across from a bright blue house) marked by a mailbox, which says 5662 on it and "Wave Farm" in vertical letters down the post. Shortly after turning in, turn right down a stone driveway which leads to the Study Center (pictured above.)

WGXC Hudson
704 Columbia Street Hudson, NY 12534 info@wgxc.org (518) 697-7400

Hours: The studio is open to the public Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WGXC Hudson is the main studio for Wave Farm's WGXC 90.7-FM.

WGXC Satellite, at the Catskill Public Library
1 Franklin Street Catskill, NY 12414 catskillpubliclibrary.org

Hours: The public is welcome during broadcast hours, Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

STAFF

Galen Joseph-Hunter, Executive Director
Jessica Puglisi, Media Arts and Special Events Coordinator
Tom Roe, Artistic Director

WGXC PROGRAM DIVISION STAFF

Max Goldfarb, Mobile Studio Manager
Alanna Medlock, Community Programming Coordinator
Jack Schoonover, Studio Technician
Lynn Sloneker, Station Manager / Managing News Editor
Neva Wartell, Outreach Coordinator

CONSULTANTS

Michael Couzens and Alan Korn, Broadcast Legal Counsel
Gabriel Farrell, Site Developer
Supercosm, Site Developer
Tom Fucito, CPA

Wave Farm would also like to acknowledge valuable strategic planning assistance from Doug Sauer and the New York Council of Non-Profits (NYCON) as well as significant pro bono legal counsel from the firms of Sidley & Austin, Proskauer, and Kramer Levin.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Andy Gunn, President
Field Engineer, Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation

John Anderson, Vice-President
Editor, diymedia.net Professor, Brooklyn College Department of Television and Radio

Laura Kuhn, Treasurer
Director, The John Cage Trust

Emily Zimmerman, Secretary
Associate Curator of Programs, Henry Art Gallery

Anna Friz
Assistant Professor Film & Digital Media, University of California Santa Cruz

Galen Joseph-Hunter, Ex-officio
Executive Director, Wave Farm

ADVISORS

WGXC COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

The WGXC Community Advisory Council is comprised of volunteers that serve on WGXC's Volunteer Advisory Committees. Management strives for the Community Advisory Council to reflect the diversity of potential listeners served within the WGXC 90.7-FM listening area. Members offer a representative voice of the community and provide active participation on at least one, and no more than two, of the Volunteer Advisory Committees of Fundraising, Outreach, Programming, and Policy.

HISTORY

Wave Farm began in March 1997, as a microcasting collective in Brooklyn, NY called free103point9. free103point9 was an active participant in the U.S. microradio movement, an activist and advocacy effort that helped create this country’s low-power FM radio service, which provides a licensing opportunity for small broadcasters operating transmitters of 100 watts or less.

From 1997 to 2004 free103point9 ran a venue for performance and experimental sound in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The “free103point9 Project Space” was home to a lively roster of artists working in noise, free jazz, electronic composition, and other experimental fringe genres. Many of these artists encountered microradio for the first time through free103point9. As a result, a local and international community of artists started to think conceptually about the transmission spectrum as a creative medium, becoming invested in a “hands-on” relationship with the airwaves. free103point9 launched an online radio station in 2001 engaging new and international audiences, and embarked on a series of radio experiments, projects, and performances internationally.

That airwaves are public space and should therefore be accessible by the public, and that airwaves should be available for creative purposes, experimentation, and risk-taking is the ideology that has driven free103point9’s activities since its inception. In 2002-2003 free103point9 incorporated and secured 501(c)3 non-profit status, evolving from an artist collective to an arts organization whose mission is to define and cultivate Transmission Arts.

In 2005, free103point9 expanded activities to Greene County, launching an artist-residency program, outdoor performance series, and installation park on a 30-acre property called Wave Farm. In 2006, free103point9 broke ground on a dedicated facility called the Wave Farm Study Center.

free103point9 submitted an application to the FCC in October 2007 during a rare filing window for full-power non-commercial educational FM radio stations. A year later, on October 17, 2008, free103point9 received a construction permit to build a new FM station. The FM station was planned to serve both sides of the organization's roots: radio art and activism on the airwaves.

In June 2008, a Council of local advisors was established to guide the development of the station with regards to serving Greene and Columbia counties’ local community. Council members provided critical input in naming the station, identifying its guiding mission, and getting 90.7 FM off the ground and on the airwaves.

In Fiscal Year 2009, free103point9 became a regrant partner of the New York State Council on the Arts, Electronic Media and Film, administering funds, ranging from 500 to 10,000, to dozens of New York State individual artists and organizations.

In September 2010, WGXC partnered with the national radio advocacy organization Prometheus Radio Project to host its first full-power FM barnraising in Hudson. The conference included three days of hands-on workshops, presentations, and performances, during which participants collaborated to build WGXC’s Hudson studio and help prepare the station for its FM signal launch.

On February 26, 2011, WGXC went live on air at 90.7 FM. WGXC celebrated this momentous occasion with a live broadcast event at the Catskill Community Center, which featured many of the station’s first on-air programmers. The WGXC Catskill studio began broadcasting in September 2011.

In June 2012, the Wave Farm Study Center opened its doors to the public, reigniting free103point9 programs, such as Artists Residencies, the Transmission Arts Archive, and Online Radio that had become somewhat dormant while organizational resources were focused on launching WGXC. The Study Center is home to an international Artist-in-Residency Program, a library focused on transmission arts, WGXC’s Acra studio, and organizational administrative offices.

In June 2013, as part of an organization-wide strategic planning process, Wave Farm was adopted as a commonly used organizational name, and in 2015 Wave Farm Inc. became the legal name of the organization.

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FUNDERS

Wave Farm programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts; the Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; the T. Backer Fund; the Joseph Family Charitable Trust; and hundreds of other generous individual donors.

           

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