It seemed like a longshot back in mid-2014 when Krista May, KEOS board chair, went through the process of placing KEOS in competition for the Caldwell Country Cares Sweepstakes for a $1,000.00 prize awarded monthly by Caldwell Country Chevrolet with help from KBTX TV-Channel 3 in publicizing and monitoring the event. There are so many worthy non-profits in the Brazos Valley, what would make Brazos Educational Radio the one that could gain the most votes?
Krista pointed out our many virtues and the many services we provide to the community, and the fact that we are one of the very few remaining all-volunteer radio stations in the nation.
Time passed and, month after month, KEOS was not chosen as one of the three Brazos Valley organizations selected to compete for the award.
Then, as if the fates knew it was our birthday, KEOS was chosen to the one of the December finalists, and with the dawn of 2015 was named the winner.
–Audrey Patton-KEOS Volunteer Reporter
Jon Hildebrand, Krista May, Donna Hanna-Calvert, Matt Smith.
All of us who voted; worried and voted anyway; encouraged and cajoled our friends, family, acquaintances, and those who just owe us a favor to vote have earned each other’s thanks, appreciation and congratulations for providing a very nice reward for KEOS.
Caldwell Country Chevrolet, with support and promotion provided by KBTX-Television Channel 3, has for the past year funded a contest permitting one charitable organization each month to earn a grant of $1,000.00. December’s winner is KEOS 89.1FM Brazos Valley Educational Radio.
All at KEOS thank you, Caldwell Country. You are a good and generous neighbor.
–Audrey Patton, KEOS Volunteer Reporter
Good news — KEOS has been selected as one of three finalists for a $1,000 award from the Caldwell Country Cares project!
Voting opens on December 25th and closes at 11:59 p.m. on December 31st, 2014.
Please go online to KBTX.com, or click on this link:
to vote during that window.
Please share this with all your friends…..and remind them….Every Vote Matters!!
Thank you for making 2014 a great year for community radio.
Dear KEOS Listeners:
Brazos Educational Radio, KEOS 89.1 FM, has undergone a financial review of fiscal year 2013 with the accounting firm Seidel, Schroeder, and Company, and we wanted to make the final report available to you. As this report confirms, KEOS’s accounting practices are lawful and diligent. To view the report, please click here. Additionally, you can view this review report in a public file at the Bell Studios (202 E. Carson St., Bryan), and this file is also available in KEOS’s public file at the Carnegie Library in downtown Bryan (111 South Main St., Bryan).
Additionally, we have posted a profit and loss report for 2013, which you can view by clicking here.
The KEOS Board of Directors strives to make our accounting procedures transparent, and we hold ourselves accountable to our donors and listeners. This is KEOS’s first third-party financial review, and it represents a significant step in the station’s attempts to ensure the station’s financial sustainability.
We submitted this review to the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, along with our application for a marketing grant for 2014-2015. We will submit it to other granting agencies to give a clear picture of KEOS’s financial and accounting practices.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the KEOS Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support of community radio!
Krista May, Rebecca Hankins, James Rosenheim, and Kevin O’Sullivan
KEOS Board of Directors
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 email@example.com. 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!