Hula on the radio?

Radio is not known as a good medium for dance, so “Hula on the Radio” may seem an improbable, but fun, idea. Improbable but fun, however, is typical of Takoma Radio, a quirky, creative volunteer group working to set up an actual (not internet) local radio station.

Hula on the Radio is a benefit concert for Takoma Radio. On Friday January 10, 2014, Historic Takoma presents this first Takoma Radio benefit event, a Carroll Café sponsored concert. The artists donating their time and talent are Pam Parker (with Brian Kooken), Joe Uehlein with daughter Anna Grace, and Averil Smith, The Hula Huskers (Moe Nelson and Jonna Huseman), and Emma’s Revolution (Pat Humphries and Sandy O.)

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Local radio-heads, including Marika Partridge, former director of NPR’s All Things Considered, are working to create and operate Takoma Radio, a non-commercial radio station offering a “hyper-local listening alternative.” The coverage area includes neighborhoods in Northeast and Northwest DC, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The programming, as well as the deejays, announcers, and board members will be local.

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Takoma Radio is a project of Historic Takoma Inc. In the fall of 2013 Historic Takoma Inc. applied for a radio frequency from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC.) This was the first opportunity ever for an urban area, and Takoma and surrounding neighborhoods stands a chance of getting non-commercial, hyper-local FM radio. There are competitors. If the FCC grants a Construction Permit to Historic Takoma, the organization has 18 months to build and begin broadcasting.

Tickets are $20 in advance (CarrollCafe.org) and $25 at the door.  Carroll Cafe is located at Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St NW, near the Takoma Metro station.

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