In July, KRCC will grow to include both its Weber Street studio and a new satellite outpost at Ivywild School, allowing the member-supported radio station to bring a live-and-in-person element to its listeners.
At the time of our interview with program director Jeff Bieri, the station was still in the process of putting together the sound system and studio control room in the gymnasium. Ivywild's covering the cost for the sound system, while KRCC will work to raise funds (for which it's taking donations) for the control room.
Indy: What is the satellite studio actually going to be?
Jeff Bieri: Well, we are looking to have the capability to broadcast live interviews and performances from the Ivywild gymnasium. For programming purposes on KRCC, what we're hoping to do is to include our membership into the broadcast experience that we normally have here at the station.
So, for example, Vicky [Gregor, station music director] and I are able to, on occasion, have visiting artists come into the KRCC studios and perform a couple of songs, chat with us a little bit — we're hoping to do that in front of a live audience at Ivywild. And so the satellite studio is really just that: It will allow us to broadcast live from Ivywild, and it will also allow us to do some recording projects there as well.
Indy: When will you be able to move in?
JB: I think the projected date for the venue is now July 1; we'll start scheduling events middle of the month in July.
Indy: What artists do you have lined up?
JB: Well, we've got a lot of things in the works: We have spoken-word projects that we'll be doing; working with some local musicians to put together radio hours, based loosely on sort of an eTown format, where we have a house band and a guest artist and maybe some discussion that would be a blues-based radio show that Molly Boyles is putting together. ...
We were going to have the Changing Colors do a CD release party there, and Burn the Maps do their CD release party there; at this point I'm holding off on scheduling anything because we've had to go back and reschedule things, or cancel things. I'm really waiting on the affirmative open date before I really start booking things again.
But we'll hopefully have some national artists coming through. We're working with a woman named Heather Browne, who has a website called fuelfriendsblog.com, and she does a lot of video tapings in Shove Chapel, and we're hoping to get a bunch of her artists down there.
Indy: How often do you see KRCC using the space? Is it going to be pretty busy?
JB: I think so, that's my hope. I'm hoping to use it a couple times a week, in one capacity or another, either with myself or Vicky doing on-air interview performances or film nights or CD-release parties or actual concerts in the evening. I'm hoping to have a real solid presence down there.