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The Sun Prairie Media Center, home to the public cable access channels KSUN and KIDS-4, is pleased to announce that its upcoming FM radio station, set to launch in the summer of 2015, will be known as "103.5 The Sun Community Radio."
Along with "The Sun" name, the station also has a new logo courtesy of Cottage Grove resident Jennifer Seubert, who emerged as the winner in the Sun Prairie Media Center's just-finished logo contest.
"We received lots of really terrific entries," said Sun Prairie Media Center executive director Jeff Robbins. "The fact that the contest was embraced to the extent that it was tells me that not only do we have a lot of talented graphic artists in our area, but that interest in our community radio station is strong."
Perhaps not surprisingly, Seubert has a visual arts background and currently works as an editor, designer, and coordinator for Family Impact Seminars at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Human Ecology. Seubert said she freelances when her schedule allows and that the Sun Prairie Media Center's contest fit her interests perfectly.
"I found out about the contest while treating my daughter to frozen yogurt at Orange Leaf in Sun Prairie," said Seubert. "There was a flyer in the window. I looked up the contest as soon as we got home and started drafting ideas. I really enjoy logo design and this contest offered me the perfect opportunity to use and sharpen my design abilities."
To create the logo, Seubert said she "wanted to blend an organic, natural element" of Sun Prairie with "an element that spoke to radio." Therefore, the unique combination of prairie grass and radio waves was born.
To choose Seubert's logo, Robbins, the staff at the Sun Prairie Media Center, and the members of the Cable Access Telecommunications Commissions board all weighed in on their favorite designs. Robbins said Seubert's was an overwhelming favorite.
"We were getting logos in every day," said Robbins, "and many were great. But we kept coming back to Seubert's. It was simple yet attention-grabbing. And it said everything we wanted the logo to say."
103.5 The Sun Community Radio will be a unique way for Sun Prairie residents to get involved in their community by hosting and producing original shows. On-air opportunities will also exist for residents who simply want to spend an hour playing their favorite songs.
Seubert said the station sounds like a great idea and that's one of the reasons she got involved. "I think community radio seems likes an excellent avenue for residents of Sun Prairie to share news, events, and opinions, and to connect with one another."
"I would love for The Sun to feature local music and segments on local arts, crafts, food, and drink," Seubert continued. "Sun Prairie has so much to offer in this respect."
103.5 The Sun Community Radio is scheduled to be available in summer 2015. Anyone interested in the station and its progress is urged to check out our Facebook page. Financial support for the non-profit, non-commercial station will be launching soon at Kickstarter.com.