May 26th, 2010
Moral righteousness is best left in the eye of the beholder, so I can’t say that giving money to a community radio station is the right thing to do. But it certainly would be the nice thing to do. You’ve likely heard of the anything-goes DIY community pillar Hollow Earth Radio, which adroitly provides 24 hours of online freeform audio broadcasting, hosts several community events including an annual record and craft fair, field recording workshops (!), and an annual music festival. Thanks to it’s popularity, the station has outgrown the attics and basements currently housing its operations. Fortuitously, they’ve come into a public space in the Central District but could really use your help in funding a renovation of this new home.
Using Kickstarter, a newish website that helps artists and musicians fund-raise, you can pledge your (monetary) commitment to their goal—$3,500. If they don’t reach it by July 9th, you don’t pay (which kind of defeats the purpose, but I get it). They’re already 22% to their goal! Check the entertaining video below for necessary convincing. And if you’re wondering if I put my money where my mouth is…yes, yes I did.