Reasons to Support Radio Free Flagstaff
Radio Free Flagstaff (RFF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to bringing a non-commercial community-access broadcast radio station to Flagstaff, Arizona. Currently, there is no community-access radio station serving the greater Flagstaff area, which has a population of 127,450 (2007).
RFF will provide commercial-free programming that reflects the diverse range of musical tastes in the community, and a forum for public dialogue and information on issues affecting the community. RFF will also provide community access to programming, within the guidelines and standards set by RFF.
RFF will subsist on government grants to the extent that they are available, but will rely on community fundraising for the majority of its income. RFF can rely on community support for the following reasons:
- Community radio stations have programming that is community-driven, thereby creating audience loyalty and an active listenership.
- Audience loyalty is intensified by its active participation with RFF, and through the volunteer involvement of friends, family and neighbors.
- Once on the air, RFF will have a built-in volunteer base for fundraising events.
- Local businesses will demonstrate their participation in the community through underwriting.
- There is no community-access radio in Flagstaff—non-commercial KUYI serves the citizens of the Hopi Nation, and non-commercial KNAU is an NPR classical-music station. RFF is the only non-commercial station serving Flagstaff that reflects the diversity of musical tastes in our community, with informational content provided locally for a local audience.
- Because of its unique purpose and programming, RFF will attract support from residents who don’t normally listen to the radio, and who have rejected the mass-appeal, “lowest common denominator” programming of commercial radio.
- RFF will provide a bridge between the many subcultures that make up our diverse community, and give voice to under-represented segments of our population.
- RFF will provide a strong community connection and identification for new residents, will help residents connect to their neighborhoods (Baderville, Sunnyside,etc.), and offer a sense of “community” to all listeners.
- RFF will have no commercial interruptions.