Will Community Radio On WAUP Be Coming To Waupaca, Waushara, And Portage Counties?

Hap Tip to Rail Pro

Lets hope the needed funds can be obtained so this community radio station can land on the airwaves, and be another means to provide information and entertainment for listeners in central Wisconsin.

The only thing standing in the way of a new radio station in Waupaca that would reach into Portage County is a little bit of elbow grease and about $200,000.

A project started in 1994 to build a community radio station is expected to be on the air by November 2013, said station President Mark Gerlach. WAUP would reach throughout Waupaca County, a large part of Waushara County and a sizable chunk of Portage County.

The station needs to be on air before December 2013 or the station could lose its license. Obtaining a license from the Federal Communications Commission is difficult because they don’t become available very often, and when they do, there are a lot of applicants.

It’ll take about $200,000 to get the station up in running, Gerlach said.

“We’re pretty confident the money will be there,” Gerlach said. “We feel this is a generous area; people have shown their support. We think they will show up for us, and help get this station on the air.”

Gerlach said the station will start raising money for the station in June. WAUP will specialize in what he called radio the old-fashioned way — by the community, for the community.

Unusual Words Are Good For Us

Hat Tip to James

Lots to consider and ponder.  The entire column is worth your time.

In the literary world, books intended for child readers are repackaged and sold to kidult ones, while even notionally highbrow arbiters – such as Booker judges – are obsessed by that nauseous confection “a jolly good read”. That Shakespeare remains our national writer is, frankly, bizarre, given that with his recondite vocabulary, myriad historical references, and convoluted metaphorical language, were he to be seeking publication in the current milieu, his sonnets and plays would undoubtedly also be branded as ‘too difficult’.

As for visual arts, the current Damien Hirst retrospective at Tate Modern is a perfect opportunity to see what becomes of an artificer whose impulse towards difficult subject matter was unsupported by any capacity for hard cogitation or challenging artistry. The early works – the stuffed animals and fly-bedizened carcasses – retain a certain – albeit recherché – shock value, while the subsequent ones degenerate steadily to the condition of knocked-off merchandise, making the barrier between the gift shop and the exhibition space evaporate in a puff of consumerism.

But the most disturbing result of this retreat from the difficult is to be found in arts and humanities education, where the traditional set texts are now chopped up into boneless nuggets of McKnowledge, and students are encouraged to do their research – such as it is – on the web.

In place of the difficulty involved in seeking out the literary canon, younger people are coming to rely on search engines to do their thinking for them. The end result of this will be a standardisation of understanding itself, as people become unable to think outside of the box-shaped screen.