ALAMEDA -- Alameda Community Radio will host an evening of entertainment and information from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday about new plans for low power FM radio in Alameda.
The event will take place at the Alameda Art Association Gallery, 2242 South Shore Center Drive, next to See's Candy.
Tracy Rosenberg, executive director of Media Alliance, will present a video and speak about low power FM and Alameda Community Radio.
Singer Diane Smithem, who performs regularly with the USS Hornet Band, will entertain guests with her acapella song styles. Nanette Bradley Deetz of Redbird Giving Band will present poetry accompanied on guitar by Charlie Lopez Sr.
The vision for Alameda Community Radio is to foster a creative, active and open Alameda community.
"Our mission statement and vision for this radio station states that we are committed to engaging, educating, entertaining, challenging and providing community access to Alameda," said Peter Franck, ACR board chairman. "We are dedicated to maintaining equality and free speech. We especially intend to provide a forum for students and faculty of Alameda's schools, education associations and College of Alameda. One of the goals of Alameda Community Radio is to provide youth with hands on experience writing and programming their own radio shows."
In 2010, President Obama signed a bill allowing low power stations in urban areas. In 2011, Alameda Community Radio grew out of the Alameda Public Affairs forum meetings held at the Main Library.
"It was literally a 10-year struggle throughout the 1990s to get to this point," Franck said.
"The FCC only opens a one-week window in October 2013, when it will accept applications. We intend to file during this short period," Franck said.
Meanwhile, Alameda residents can upload the ustream link and listen to a variety of local programs at alamedacommunityradio.net.