Tune In, or Log On to WKID FM Clearwater
By Renee Burrell
Photo courtesy of WKID FM
CLEARWATER - WKID FM 96.7 in Clearwater is the only radio station in the world owned and operated by kids. They play a wide range of 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's music with contemporary songs on request.
Gaining in popularity, a majority of the station's audience listens from their computers by logging on to: www.wkid96.7fm.com
"We get really good feedback from our listeners and people call and they talk about the story that we are currently reading. We don't know how many people listen on the FM radio, just on the website which is about 5,000 to 10,000 listeners on the Internet," said a spokesperson for the crew. "We are all proud to be crew members of 96.7 WKID and we really love all of the attention and meeting new people and having a fun place to go to after school as well as having some really cool equipment to work with."
Two dozen kids operate the equipment, dj and conceive of content and programming. "Our equipment consists of a: DITEK total studio surge protection, RAINWISE MKIII professional weather station, 25mw Ramsey fm-100 transmitter, comet antenna, Behringer MX-9000 mixer, Denon DN-D4500 dual cd player, Samson D-1500 spectrum analyzer, 2 Samson CO1 mics, 1 EV N/D 767 mic, 1 Shure SM-58 mic, RainWise MK III weather station, Midland weather radio, uniden BC-9000 scanner, Geek Squad UPS, Dell computer for internet, editing and news, and an Adobe Audition editing program. Plus two additional computers for music and streaming."
The crew routinely conducts on-air interviews. "In the past we have had Joel Craven from Authentic Martial Arts, Vince Noble from 1010 sports explosion and Rick and Peggy Witlake from Crafty Framers."
The WKID crew took a vote to reveal who their favorite on air guests have been so far. Noble and the Crafty Framers tied for the honor.
In the future the WKID crew hopes to interview, "Michael Davis, Brian Nobbs, Hulk Hogan, The Cowhead Show Crew, Bubba the love sponge and crew, Payton Manning, William Floyd, Chidi Ahanotu, Brooke Hogan, Travis Pastrana, The Director of the FCC, local business owners, and anybody else that would love to be on our show!"
WKID 96.7 is 501c3 nonprofit organization and accepts public donations.
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