Turn Your Radio On! (WGXC's 90.7-FM launch)

Feb 26, 2011: 2pm- 6pm
Catskill Community Center

344 Main St. | Catskill, NY 12414 | (518) 719-8244

WGXC Launch Party Flyer

WGXC Launch Party Flyer. Designed by Cara Turett. (Feb 09, 2011)

Catskill Community Center Cardboard Studio

Catskill Community Center Cardboard Studio. Built by Matt Bua and CCC youth (Feb 26, 2011)

On The Air logo

On The Air logo. Designed by Cara Turett. (Jan 29, 2011)

WGXC begins broadcasting on 90.7-FM on Saturday, February 26, 2011 with a free and family-friendly event at the Catskill Community Center.

Turn Your Radio On! will feature local musicians, speakers, and WGXC hosts from all over Greene and Columbia Counties as we celebrate WGXC’s launch onto the airwaves. The event will include:
* a sound jungle and other activities for kids,
* recording and interview booths,
* a youth open-mic,
* a potluck dinner (bring a dish!),
* a cardboard mock-up of WGXC's future Catskill studio, and more!

Turn out in person or tune in on 90.7-FM to hear…

2 p.m.: Music! Karen Schoemer, The Magic Stranger, Tony Fallon, and other music programmers & DJs, with live performances from Kyle Esposito and Pamela Pentony…

2:30 p.m.: News! Paul Smart introduces WGXC’s Newsroom collaborators: local reporters and bloggers, town recorders, and morning and afternoon show hosts, with live performances from longstanding local journalists Mike Ryan and Jim Planck, plus 10-year old kid reporter Callie Mansfield…

3 p.m.: Agriculture and Health! Kaya Weidman and Andy Turner let us know what programming we'll hear around agricultural and health in Columbia and Greene Counties, with live performances by Finley & Pagdon and Rob Hervey on the didgeridoo…

3:30 p.m.: Transmission Arts! The airwaves as artistic medium, with Max Goldfarb, Galen Joseph-Hunter, Erin Donnelly, and a special performance by Brian Dewan. Plus, a blast from the past with WGXC’s own radio theater troupe, led by Andrew Joffe…

4 p.m.: Youth! Celebrating youth talent and entertainment throughout Greene and Columbia Counties! Join musician, magician, and ventriloquist Steve Charney; WGXC’s Youth Radio Explosion team, with Olivia Williams, Marie Lechaj, and Courtney Murphy; and a host of talented young performers and thinkers for a roundtable discussion and Open-Mic. We'll hear young musicians Ashley Price and Sharece Johnson, James Moore, Joanna Shenker, Sara Trafton, and more...

5 p.m.: Spanish-Language, Arts, and Culture! Juan Basilio-Sanchez, Mariel Fiori, y Antonio Flores-Lobos introducen WGXC-en-español al 90.7-FM, with a look at WGXC’s arts programs, and live performances by Juan Basilio-Sanchez and C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils…

5:30-6: Community Programming! Why community media? Hudson Talbott talks with the hosts of Tell It Like It Is, the Prison Voices Project, the Creole Language radio program, and others. With special guest Patrice Jenkins from the Catskill Community Center, and live performances from Deena Rae Turner and a sign-off from Old Tyme Love Machine...

Mark your calendars, and spread the word! This event—like everything else WGXC—will be organized by volunteers, so please let us know if you want to help. Contact Dharma Dailey at dharma@wgxc.org.

(Turn Your Radio On is the name of a song written in 1938 by Albert E. Brumley.)

Our antenna has been hung, our transmitter is near-completion, and the wheels are in-motion for our studio to transmitter link. We are working on periodic broadcasts to test our FM-signal, but starting on February 26 WGXC will be officially on your FM-dial.

WGXC has come so far in the past few years, with the hands-on help of countless volunteers and supporters. WGXC’s programmers are now broadcasting their shows live on our webstream. Our News Team is producing local news reports everyday for our Newsroom blog and daily news shows. Volunteers have been working hard to finish building the station’s Hudson studio, and are drawing plans and building mock-ups for our studio at the Catskill Community Center. The Wave Farm Study Center, which will house our Cairo Studio, is nearing completion. It's time to celebrate!

So, mark your calendars, and start spreading the word! This event—like everything else WGXC—will be organized by volunteers, so please let us know if you want to help. Contact Dharma Dailey at dharma@wgxc.org, or stop by the Hudson studio on a Monday evening, at 6:30 p.m., to get involved.

We’ll send more information about the Launch Party soon; as always, you can visit wgxc.org for the latest details. For now, start telling your friends and neighbors that WGXC has set a date. We’ll see you there!

Saturday, February 26, Catskill's Main Street is also host to "Masters on Main Street." This exciting project offers ten contemporary exhibitions from students and recent alumni of studio art programs near and far. Exhibitions include fresh talent from the School of Visual Arts, SUNY New Paltz, Bard College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Vassar College lining Main Street in Catskill's vacant storefronts. View these pop-up galleries from 5-7 PM with a dance party from 7-9 at Brik Gallery, 460 Main Street. More information, including an exhibit map at is available at greenearts.org.