At Cypress Self Storage, Oakley's newest self storage facility (just about to begin construction), we truly love our local community. Located at 207 E. Cypress Road, just across the street from Iron House Elementary School and Delta Vista Middle School, we are proud to be your neighborhood self storage facility. In the spirit of community, today's blog post is a special one. We are thrilled to review and share with everyone Oakley's very own KLSN Radio station! This special radio station truly makes Oakley a fun place to be!
If you're hankering to hear classic rock, local news, and sports updates on the radio, but can only find San Francisco-oriented and national news, just turn your radio dial to 92.9 FM. That's KLSN, located right here in Oakley.
KLSN-LP is a low-power, 100-watt station serving the East Contra Costa County area. A GoFundMe campaign was started last year, and thanks to generous citizens who saw the value of a community radio station, the station met its FCC requirements and KLSN officially went on the air in early 2017.
Even after its short time on the air, it's received favorable reviews from local listeners who found the fledgling station through promotions, appearances at local events, or just dumb luck fumbling around the radio dial. And those reviews are paying off. KLSN was recently nominated for "Rock Radio Station for 2017" for the Northern California Entertainers Music Awards, which takes place on May 26th, 2018.
In addition to music, KLSN-LP broadcasts local sports such as competition from the six high schools in the Bay Valley Athletic League, and the Pittsburg Diamonds minor league baseball club.
KLSN is supported through underwriting, versus advertising that you hear on other commercial terrestrial radio stations. You won't hear promotional advertising on KLSN, but they do thank their underwriters with a brief description of their business and contact information.
The current broadcasting range varies from 5 to 15 miles depending upon the weather. Its signal reaches Oakley, Antioch, Brentwood, Knightsen, Byron, Discovery Bay, and parts of Pittsburg, Bethel Island and Sherman Island. Within the broadcast area, there are a combined population of approximately 270,000 residents, six public high schools and two college campuses. KLSN's broadcast tower is located on the ridge near Bypass Road and Lone Tree Blvd.
When you tune in, you'll get to hear classic rock and oldies from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. If you're "of a certain age", you will most likely find yourself saying, "Wow! I haven’t heard that song in years!" (If you're not, well, enjoy the classics or at least indulge your parents or grandparents.)
On weekday mornings, 8-10 a.m., you'll hear what might be a familiar voice if you've lived in the Bay Area for awhile. That's Rose Greyshock, a longtime Bay Area radio and voice-over veteran who now lives in our area. Greyshock also helped set up the small studio at Lauritzen Yacht Harbor in Oakley and wants to train other aspiring radio personalities.
In November, CD Michael joined the crew as the afternoon weekday DJ from 4-7 p.m.
Besides nostalgia-laden classic rock hits, programming content includes sporting events at local high schools, news, stories and events with a focus on our East County communities, and community programming produced by local residents and students.
The nonprofit station is a project of the The Friends of Oakley Community Foundation, and The San Francisco Study Center and aims to foster community pride in East County and provide training opportunities for local high school and community college students.
As part of their mission of service to the community, KLSN provides radio airtime for programs and segments produced and recorded by students at participating local high schools. Starting soon, twice a month, student radio announcers learn how to record short news reports about school events for airplay on KLSN. Under the guidance of school advisors, students gather information about sporting event schedules, PTA meetings, band booster meetings, upcoming fund-raisers, concerts, scholastic awards, and other relevant campus activities.
Working together, students write the scripts and record their radio segment on campus. Students learn how to coordinate as a news team, and to use professional recording techniques to create segments to be broadcasted on KLSN Radio. Additionally, this provides school administration with a effective (and no cost) way to disseminate information to community. In addition, these student productions will be posted on the website as they become available.
Speaking of the website, a new website with new features - including streaming! - is in the works.
Even if you're not a high school student, perhaps you've daydreamed of getting into broadcasting and want to have a positive impact on your community. Even if you don't aspire to be a DJ, and just want a fun way to get involved with the East County community, the station is always looking for sponsors and volunteers, whether its broadcasters, marketers, advertisers, writers, or whatever talent you can bring.
The following is a list of skills needed to keep KLSN Community Radio on the air. Take a look and see if you can find a match for your area of expertise or interest. Good attitudes, an aptitude for learning and a positive outlook are always welcome! If you don't have experience, don't worry; in fact, this is a fantastic way to gain the experience you need to combat that "Catch-22" of job seeking when you have no prior experience. Although if you do have experience in any of these areas, even better!
- Social Media & Website Development
- Copywriting & Editing
- News Writing & Reporting
- Announcing & DJ
- Accounting & Bookkeeping
- Fundraisers & Development
- Voice-overs & Narrating
- Broadcasting Engineering
- Radio Programming
- Program Development
- Grant Proposals & Research
- Promotions & Special Events
- Volunteer Coordinator
- Office Management
- Project Management
- Communications & Public Relations
- Music Recording
Station manager Chris Ponsano describes the station and its community efforts as community "Stone Soup", alluding to the children's fable about the travelers who had a big pot of water with a rock in it, but when the villagers contributed their vegetables and other food to the boiling pot, it created soup that could serve everyone.
For information on how to volunteer, provide sponsorship, or more information on the station itself, go to www.klsn.org, or call 925-625-KLSN. You can also follow KLSN on social media on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/www.klsn.org/, and Twitter @92Klsn.
On behalf of the entire team here at Cypress Self Storage, Oakley's newest self storage facility (just about to begin construction), thanks for reading our KLSN review!