MOUNTAIN AREA — A group of committed citizens has brought community radio to the Central Sierra, and they’re inviting the public to participate in any number of ways, even if that’s just tuning in!
KRYZ is broadcasting at 100 watts across the Mariposa basin at FM 98.5, and are live streaming on the internet.
The station has been live online as KRYS since 2012, and on Apr. 1, the many dedicated volunteers hosted a launch party to celebrate their New Year’s Eve launch of KRYZ on the radio airwaves. More than 60 people gathered at the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors Chamber to learn more about the public radio station and how they can host their own programs.
KRYZ Radio is a commercial free, independent community radio station, dedicated to supporting, informing and entertaining the the communities of the Central Sierra. In addition to music, KRYZ Radio presents a variety of diverse programming that includes reporting on matters of local interest, public service announcements, live reporting of events, and news and updates during emergencies.
A group of determined citizens, led by Mariposa Community Radio Chairman Ron Iudice, have left no stone unturned in begging, borrowing, but short of stealing, to round up equipment and people in bringing this project to fruition. They held yard sales and fundraisers, starting off with a mic and a mixer for the online stream, then graduating to a used transmitter to get out onto the radio airwaves.
Through the generosity of Brooke and Karen Hanner, owners of Offline Solar, the radio station was able to build out their own studio in space provided in Offline’s building.
The main focus for KRYZ is public participation. Sierra News Online is proud to be partnering with KRYZ to provide mountain area news, stories of local interest and live updates when emergencies situations arise. We know that the best way to serve everyone in the Central Sierra is to work together, and we’re excited to be building more connections with our Mariposa neighbors!
Also, our managing editor Kellie Flanagan will be hosting her own radio show in the very near future — that project is in the works.
KRYZ Radio can be listened to from anywhere, and on any device.
On the internet, go to the KRYZ website at www.kryzradio.org and select “Click to Play,” which opens the KRYZ Radio Player. Beneath the Radio Player you will find a link to the KRYZ Streaming Player phone app for both iphone and android, so you can even listen to KRYZ on your phone.
Additionally, you can find a KRYZ Radio Player app on the KRYZ Mariposa Community Radio Facebook page; simply click on the “Radio Player” Tab, scroll down below the schedule, and click on the green “Play” button to have KRYZ playing while you’re on Facebook.
KRYZ Mariposa Community Radio also broadcasts locally in and around Mariposa on low-power FM at 98.5, however, reach is limited. Feel free to try 98.5 FM in your car to see if you can dial in KRYZ Mariposa Community Radio in your neighborhood.
In addition to KRYZ Radio on the web at www.kryzradio.org and KRYZ Radio’s Facebook Page, KRYZ Mariposa Community Radio can also be found and followed on Twitter, Google Plus, and YouTube.
To receive KRYZ Radio news and updates, please sign up to the KRYZ newsletter on the KRYZ Radio website home page or via the dedicated signup tab on the Facebook page.
KRYZ Radio is growing, with future goals that include expansion of coverage to be able to reach more area residents, and welcome more public participation. If you would like to host your own radio show, to volunteer or otherwise get involved, or to become a subscribing member, sponsor or underwriter of KRYZ Radio, email email@example.com or call (209) 742-7465.
KRYZ Radio is a project of Mariposa Community Radio, and a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.