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KUHS-LP 97.9 brings grass roots radio conference to Hot Springs

by staff reports | September 27, 2016 at 4:00 a.m.

The annual Grassroots Radio Coalition Conference will be held for the 20th year in Hot Springs next month, hosted by local community radio station KUHS-LP 97.9.

The conference will be held Oct. 7-10 at the Springs Hotel, 135 Central Ave., and at other locations throughout the historic downtown, a news release said. Session topics will include solar power installation, Rivendell automation, open source software and hardware, FM transmit chains, grant writing, live remote broadcasts, reporting, programming, promotions, and station management.

The coalition welcomes community radio volunteers and activists to learn new skills, discuss issues, network, and have fun, the release said. Founded in 1996, the GRC is dedicated to preserving the grass roots nature of community radio and to developing this medium. The conference is hosted at different locations each year by a community radio station in that area.

"As a young station, we're honored to host the 20th annual gathering of the Grassroots Radio Coalition," KUHS Station Manager Zachary Smith said in the release. "It's a great organization that's helped pave the way for new, low-power stations like ours."

Launched in August 2015, KUHS is Arkansas' first and only solar powered station. It was engineered by Bob Nagy, who will offer courses on alternative technologies at this year's conference. Other presenters include Michelle Bradley, Ken Freedman, Clyde Clifford, Sabrina Roach, Al Davis, Donna DiBianco, Bob Dunn, Jim Ellinger, Will Floyd, Dr. Lauralee Harris, David Klann, Betty McArdle, Ursula Ruedenberg, Sharon Scott, Bob Simmons, and Tom Voorhees.

"Some of the best minds of community radio will be gathered together here in Hot Springs, and we're excited to have them share their wealth of knowledge," Smith said. "We're also looking forward to showcasing our little town. We think this year's conference will be truly memorable with great presenters and lots of quirky fun."

Breakfast and lunch will be provided throughout the conference. Early bird registration is $150 until Oct. 1. Student passes are $100 and day passes are $75. To register or find additional information, please visit

Local on 09/27/2016

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