for a wonderful 20th year on air.
¡¡And Here’s to a Great 2016 for All of Us!!
for a wonderful 20th year on air.
¡¡And Here’s to a Great 2016 for All of Us!!
KEOS Year-End Fund Drive is Under Way….Will You Please Help?
Go to keos.org…call 979-779-5367…mail to P.O.Box 78, College Station TX 77841….stop by 202 E.Carson, Bryan
Seven Thousand One Hundred –7,100 – requests for toys… Sounds like quite a tall order, and it is. The army of volunteers who will collect, clean, sort, repair if necessary, bag and deliver these toys to the hundreds of schools, churches and service organizations who placed the orders are not daunted. They had filled all 7,100 requests by 11:00 p.m. Sunday.
The toys move with almost military precision through an assortment of tents set up in the parking lot at Post Oak Mall in College Station, which provide plenty of space for the painstaking processes.
First, of course, comes collection as motorists drive up to drop off toys, checks and even cash. No clothing is accepted—just toys. All not in original boxes are cleaned, and all batteries are replaced, used or new. Sorting by age and gender comes next, and then choosing the exact toys to fill each wish list, which was personally created by one specific child.
This wonderful event has been going on for more than thirty years and, for about ten of those years, KEOS has had a huge hand in making it happen. Who calls upon the community to come to the Mall with toys? The DJs from Brazos Valley Communication’s five commercial radio stations: The Texas Country Original KORA 98.3 FM, Radio Alegria KTAM 1240, 101.9 The Beat KBXT, Classic Hits 107.3 KAPN, and ESPN 103.9 KJXJ broadcasting live from the Mall.
Who keeps them on air by running their boards back at the station? KEOS volunteers. Lance Parr, KEOS chief engineer, keeps a watchful eye and does his turn on the boards, as experienced DJs Jay Brakefield, H. Alan Montgomery, Carole Davis-Rios; newly-minted DJs Alex Rubio, Chris Larkin, Nicole Gallucci; and intern Madison Wichterich make sure no dead air happens as programming shifts seamlessly from live to station and back to live. Not as simple as it sounds.
Make*A*Smile*Happen began in 1984. The name, M*A*S*H, and the military theme, are a nod to the TV show of that name on air at that time, which recognized the degree to which military doctors enhanced the well-being of the troops during the Vietnam War. The hope going forward is that RADIO M*A*S*H now can enhance the well-being – and Christmas Cheer – of the Brazos Valley’s most vulnerable children.
Congratulations and thanks to Brazos Valley Communication for spearheading this massive undertaking and to all the volunteers and businesses who give toys, talent, time, batteries, food, advertising and money to make it happen.
And congratulations and thanks to the KEOS volunteers who spend many hours on BVC boards over four long days and still manage to keep their own shows – and KEOS – on air as well.
–Audrey Patton, KEOS Volunteer Reporter
Lively and energetic, the lilting Celtic melodies helped banish the chill as KEOS supporters came in from the breezy, chilly evening to the welcoming warmth of friendship and fellowship that greeted us as we gathered at Linda and Norman Guinasso’s quietly elegant home to celebrate the final Board of Directors fundraiser of the station’s 20th anniversary year. Many thanks to the Guinassos for hosting such a successful and enjoyable event.
Many thanks also to ContraDiction for providing the highly entertaining music and to H-E-B (https://www.heb.com) for donating the delectable edibles. Texas-based businesses and local artists are crucial to the success of community radio, and we appreciate their continued support.
Crucial also is the continued support of the community, so of course, many thanks to those who attended the party. We’ve enjoyed getting to meet so many of our listeners during KEOS’s 20th anniversary year.
It’s been a great 2015, and now, here’s looking forward to 2016 and beyond!!
Dear Friend of KEOS: The Board of Directors invites you to join us for a fundraising party on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015, 6:30-9:00 PM, at the home of Linda and Norman Guinasso (713 Willow Loop, College Station, TX 77845). We'll have plenty of food and drinks (thanks to a generous donation from HEB), and local band ContraDiction will be performing. For a $25 donation at the door, you can join us as we party for KEOS and community radio. In order to assist us with planning, please e-mail the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org by MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, to let us know you plan to attend. If your plans change and you can make it (even if you haven't RSVP'd), please do join us. We always plan for extra! Responding early, though, does help us plan. As many of you know, KEOS is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, and we want to make the Board's last fundraiser of the year a good one! We look forward to seeing you on November 21. Best wishes, Krista May, Kevin O'Sullivan, and Bucky Bachmeyer KEOS Board of Directors email@example.com
Classical Jazz on Mondays from 9 to 11 PM, with host Chris Larkin
From the earliest era of Dixieland until now, this show encompasses all styles of jazz. Whether you’re strictly into the Big Band Swing era, Bebop, Cool, Fusion, Latin Jazz, this show has it all. Throw in a little jazz history about how the respective musicians were innovative for their time and that’s your show! Your host, Chris Larkin, will cover all the jazz basics and then some.
Whether you’re well-schooled in jazz or just starting out and exploring this wonderful American performing art, this show is for you! Every Monday from 9-11 pm. Thank you for listening!
–Chris Larkin, newly-minted Volunteer DJ at KEOS 89.1FM
KEOS recognizes with exuberant thanks the following donors to the 2015 Volunteer Jam Silent Auction:
Aerofit Allen Honda Amici Olive Oil Amico Nave
Arsenal Tattoo & Design The Bird’s Nest Brazos Glassworks
Brazos Natural Foods Bryan Blues Festival Burr’s Unfinished Furniture
Cafe Eccell Caldwell Country Chevrolet Carter’s Burgers The Eagle
Earth Art Furniture Shack Half Price Books Lillian Hieden
Ray Wylie Hubbard The Icehouse at Lake Bryan IE jim.n.i
Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches Kristen Distributing Co.
La Salle Hotel Lippman Music Company McAlister’s Deli Napa Flats
Nori’s Hair Studio Gary P. Nunn Robert Earl Keene Royalty Pecan
Truman Chocolates TSC Tractor Supply The Village Cafe
Your generous contributions added a festive dimension to a great day of great music. THANK YOU!!
Brazos Educational Radio, KEOS 89.1 FM, has received a $6,500 grant from the Gilbert and Thyra Plass Arts Foundation to help the station cover the costs of broadcasting “World Café,” a popular syndicated program that highlights a variety of musical genres.
The Plass Arts Foundation is a local charitable trust established to continue Thyra and Gilbert Plass’s life-long mission of supporting artists and ensuring everyone access to the arts. This is the sixth year in a row that KEOS has been a recipient of a Plass Arts Foundation grant.
“The costs of syndicated programming continue to increase,” said KEOS Board of Directors President Krista May. “Without the ongoing support of the Plass Arts Foundation, we wouldn’t be able to afford to broadcast ‘World Café.’ KEOS is honored to receive a grant from such a respected community-focused arts foundation.”
“World Café,” hosted by David Dye, has emerged as the premiere public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes indie rock, singer-songwriters, folk, alternative country, blues, and world music. “World Café” is produced by WXPN in Philadelphia, distributed by National Public Radio (NPR), and airs each Monday through Friday on KEOS 89.1 FM from noon until 2:00 pm.
For a .pdf of this press release, contact: Krista May, President, Board of Directors, Brazos Educational Radio, KEOS 89.1 FM, firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Jam 2015 was a huge success. It could not happen without the wonderful Texas musicians who volunteer their time and talent…
John Prihoda – Brooke Graham – Manzy Lowry – Terri Hendrix – Lloyd Maines – Mark Jungers – Susan Gibson – Larry Joe Taylor – and each member of each band.
Also, there are the KEOS on-staff volunteers and volunteers in training who spent endless hours of thought, hard work and commitment to bring this annual event to life.
Of course, the foundation of everything at KEOS is our wonderful community of supporters, who flowed through the door in a steady stream, filling the hall with their enthusiasm and generosity.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. YOU’RE ALL THE BEST.