A fundraiser to construct a local community based low-powered radio station will be held this Friday, Aug. 25, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Cesar Chavez Academy in the City of San Fernando. 

While the station’s call letters have not yet been confirmed, the radio frequency — 101.5 FM — has been granted to the nonprofit performance organization Ballet Folklorico Ollin to administrate and run the station’s local programming. 

Funds are needed for costs associated with the placement and purchase of a transmitting antenna and studio equipment.  

The FCC has a special class of licenses called Low Power FM Radio (LPFM) to create opportunities for new voices to be heard on the radio. Low-powered stations generally have from 10-100 watts of power.

The 101.5 frequency will be shared with six other nonprofit organizations.  However, Ballet Folklorico Ollin is the only organization in the group that is based in the San Fernando Valley, so it will be able to utilize the frequency without time restrictions. 

“This weekend’s event is our first fundraiser and we want to introduce the project to the community.  We want the community to be part of it from the beginning,” said Javier Verdin, co-founder of Ballet Folklorico Ollin.

Dinner will be served as Grupo Musical las Tipicas de Jalisco, Rhythm Donor Entertainment with DJ David Orduno, Maria del Cuicatlan and others will be performing. 

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