It couldn’t happen without KEOS!!
It’s Christmas, and in a tradition stretching back to the Vietnam War and named after the much-loved TV series of that era, the 5 radio stations of Brazos Valley Communications broadcast for 5 days from College Station’s Post Oak Mall in tents set up to simulate a battlefield installation. DJs ask on air for donations of new and gently used toys—or even cash—to be brought by the outpost.
Volunteers in khaki tee shirts gather the toys in bigger tents near the broadcast tents, where the gently used are cleaned and checked for condition, and batteries are installed wherever needed. An endless supply of batteries is supplied by Interstate Batteries of Bryan.
The toys are then matched with gift lists from more than thirty area schools, churches and other organizations and placed in a secure area for pickup by the appropriate organization. This year more than 6,000 children will receive gifts from Radio M*A*S*H…. Make *A* Smile* Happen.
KEOS’s role in this intricate and well-coordinated procedure? KEOS engineers and DJs operate the equipment at Brazos Valley Communications to keep the remote broadcasts by KORA – Radio Alegria – Rock 103.9 – 101.9 The Beat – Oldies 107.3 on air. Rockin’ Billy Ryan, H. Alan Montgomery, Michelle Palmer, St. Patrick Palmer, Carol Davis-Rios, Jess Havens, Matt May, Herb Willett, Ron Ramirez, and D.J. Collins, all under the scheduling and watchful eye of Chief Engineer Lance Parr, stay in constant two-way radio communication with the on-air DJs, making it possible for Brazos Valley Communications staff to function seamlessly at the remote Mall location.
All at KEOS welcome this display of mutual respect and community service and thank those who give so selflessly of their time and talent.
–By Audrey Patton
Looking for a way to decrease your 2014 Taxes? … KEOS can help!!
The new tax year is right around the corner, and KEOS would like you to know there is still time to donate to us and get a tax receipt.
We make it really easy. Any time, day or night, you can pledge securely online at www.keos.org to make a one-time or even a recurring donation. You can still call us at 979-779-5367 when your favorite show is on the air, or just drop a check in the mail to KEOS, P.O.Box 78, College Station, TX 77841.
Dates for the 2014 End of Year on-Air Fund Drive are December 6 through December 13.
Thanks KEOS listeners for your support!
–The All-Volunteer KEOS Staff.
KEOS thanks the following donors for their contributions to
the Volunteer Jam & Silent Auction…
Arsenal Tattoo & Design
Renee Bork, LMT
Brazos Natural Foods
Burdett & Sons
Niki Shea, Cutler Spa and Salon
Marci Avery, Cutler Spa and Salon
Downtown Bryan Association
The Farm Patch
Grand Station Entertainment
Half Price Books
Harvest Coffee Bar
Kristen Distributing Co.
Lakeside Ice House at Lake Bryan
Nori’s Hair Studio
Prospector’s Grill & Saloon
Sam’s Shoe Repair
Spirit Ice Arena
TSC Tractor Supply Co.
Judy Warren & Peter Hugill
On October 24, 2014, the KEOS Board of Directors and KEOS supporters gathered at the home of Joanne Bergman and Ed Borowiec to celebrate community radio. The evening’s entertainment featured the music of Jeff Cooper and Claire Domingue, along with a special visit by Dan Wargo, host of “The Hayride” and “The Stone Age,” syndicated programs that air each week on KEOS. The evening raised $1,585 for all-volunteer community radio.
Many thanks to Joanne and Ed for hosting this successful event. Additionally, thanks to Little Caesars Pizza—located at Highway 6 and Booneville Road in Bryan and at Texas Avenue and Southwest Parkway in College Station—for their generous donation to the fundraiser.
The KEOS Board of Directors organizes several celebrations a year in people’s homes. The more intimate settings give KEOS supporters a chance to meet KEOS volunteers and musicians who generously give their time and talents to support the station. If you’d like to host a fundraiser for KEOS at your home, please contact the Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting community radio in the Brazos Valley!
This year’s installment of the annual Volunteer Jam will happen on Sunday, October 5th at the Lakeside Ice House on the banks of Lake Bryan. The multi-artist live music event will commence at 1PM and the last performer takes the stage at 7Pm. There will also be a silent auction with lots of great crafts, gift certificates, and all-around-goodies that runs from 1PM until 6PM.
Our line-up and schedule of music this year is:
1PM – John Prihoda
2Pm – Manzy Lowry Band
3Pm – Mark Jungers
4PM – Pauline Reese
5PM – Shelley King
6PM – Houston Marchman
7PM – Owen Temple
The day will be sure to be filled with great songs, even better camaraderie, and the fantastic food & drink that is a mainstay at the Lakeside Ice House. There will be a $15 suggested donation at the door and you can find more information from these sources:
We would like to extend a huge “Thank You!” to all the listeners and supporters who stepped up and made our Fall 2014 Pledge Drive a great success. As a small community radio station that gets ~80% of it’s financial support from our listeners (that’s you!), every penny that came in was met with overwhelming gratitude. Be sure that we will strive to use your donations with prudence, responsibility, and to keep providing you with great music, news, and local information!
If you still need to fulfill your pledge, you may drop a check in the mail and address the envelope to:
P.O. Box 78
College Station, TX 77841
Or also feel free to drop it by in person, and say hello, at:
202 E Carson
Bryan, TX 77801
Again, thank you for supporting KEOS 89.1FM…the left end of the station done right!
Most of KEOS‘ operating funds come from you, the listener, and through September 20, we’re conducting a pledge drive to raise those funds to keep bringing you the great programming we’ve presented for almost 20 years. Because of generous matching donations, every dollar counts for two. When a live DJ is on the air, you can call us at 979-779-5367. Any time, day or night, you can pledge securely online and make it a recurring donation. Or just go old school and mail us a check at P.O. Box 78, College Station, Texas 77841.
For the fifth year in a row, KEOS has received a grant from the Plass Arts Foundation to help cover the costs of airing the popular syndicated program “World Cafe,” hosted by David Dye. We are honored to receive this grant and wouldn’t be able to air “World Cafe” without it! Download the full press release here.
At the recent Navasota Blues Festival, KEOS program director Jay Brakefield sat down with performers Justin Johnson, Doug MacLeod and Texas Johnny Boy to explore their history with the blues and how they feel about playing this vital American music. Here’s what they had to say, plus musical samples from Muddy Waters and Texas’ own Blind Willie Johnson.
Tune in to “KEOS Review” at 6 p.m. today for an interview with Navasota Blues Fest performer Justin Johnson, who will kick off this weekend’s festivities with a free workshop on cigar-box guitars.