Everyone had a great time at our fundraiser Saturday, July 14, at the Orpheum in downtown Flagstaff–we consider it a success. True, we got pounded by buckets of rain that night, so the turnout was low, but our small crowd stayed for the whole show and was royally entertained–Radio Free Flagstaff puts on a good show!
Big thanks to Greg and Scotty at the Orpheum for the helping to set it up–we couldn’t have done it without them. Thanks to David Hartley and Sharece Phillips for helping with the art auction–we raised $300 off that alone. Thanks to all of our wonderful artists for submitting valuable works of art, and to Mike Taylor for the referrals. Thanks also to John Tannous and FCP for the Summer Concert Series tickets, and to Rand Jenkins and R-Entertainment for the Cinderella tickets–we’re grateful for your support.
Big thanks to all of the musicians who donated their talents for the night and played their hearts out for a small crowd–special thanks to Jon and Tony and the boys in Street Alcoholics, who did the dirty work of being the opening act on a rainy day; they were awesome, and they set the standard for the night.
Thanks to Matt and Arizona Music Pro for help with the backline–good stuff to know, I appreciate it.
Because of the low turnout, we’re going to need to do another fundraiser soon to make sure we have enough money to get a good frequency from the FCC. We will try to make it a weather-proof fundraiser, and we will try to do a better job of communicating the need to raise this money quickly–the FCC application window could come as early as February 2013, so if you want community-access radio in Flagstaff, your application must be ready by that time. If you miss that window, you’ll wait years for the next FCC window, and by then there might be no frequencies available. So if Flagstaff wants to secure a frequency for community-access radio, we need to get our FCC application ready now. Radio Free Flagstaff will continue to do fundraisers to pay for application fees and engineer consulting fees.
We’re skipping the August fundraiser so we can take a break, recharge our batteries and do some thinking on how to raise money more effectively. In the meanwhile, we’ll explore the possibility of continuous streaming on our website, which we think will boost our profile and make fundraising easier. Then we hope to do an amazing fundraiser in September, October the latest. We’re open to all suggestions.
Big big thanks again to the Orpheum for letting us do a show in your beautiful venue–it was great publicity for us and for community-access radio.