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Sun Prairie Community Radio Project


June 20, 2014
Kickstarter Campaign Launches for 103.5 The Sun Community Radio

The Sun Prairie Media Center has officially launched its Kickstarter fundraising campaign to raise funds for "103.5 The Sun Community Radio," the city's upcoming radio station. The website to donate to the project is https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thesuncommunityradio/1035-the-sun-community-radio-project.

This is the first phase of what will be several months of fundraising and planning for the station, said SPMC executive director Jeff Robbins.

"We hope to eventually raise roughly double what we're asking for with the Kickstarter campaign," said Robbins. "But given that The Sun' will be a community radio station, programmed for and by the residents of Sun Prairie, it made sense to start with this grass-roots effort."

People can log in and make a donation as small as one dollar, and anyone who donates at least $10 will receive some exclusive giveaways, including "103.5 The Sun Community Radio" stickers, flashlight keychains, t-shirts, and mugs.

The giveaways will all feature the new logo that came courtesy of Cottage Grove resident Jennifer Seubert, who emerged as the winner in the Sun Prairie Media Center's just-finished radio logo contest.

In addition, anyone who donates at the "Adopt-A-Watt" level of $103 will have their name etched on a plaque that will adorn the "103.5 The Sun Community Radio" studios.

All donors will receive updates on the radio project and special on-air thanks once the station launches.

The Kickstarter campaign is crucial to the overall success of the radio station, said Robbins.

"We are getting a ton of feedback from the community from people very excited and interested in the station. But funding the station is obviously the first important step."

If the project goal of $10,350 is not reached by August 19, none of the funds donated will be made available to the SPMC. So reaching that goal is "a must," said Robbins.

"103.5 The Sun" 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" is scheduled to be available in summer 2015. Additional information on the station and its progress is available at facebook.com/thesuncommunityradio.

June 13, 2014
Sun Prairie Community Radio Project Announces Station Name, Logo


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 facebook.com/spcommunityradio.com. Financial support for the non-profit, non-commercial station will be launching soon at kickstarter.com.

June 2, 2014

Thank you for your submissions!  We received lots of great ideas and logos.  The staff and board will be selecting the winning entry on Thursday June 4th.  

Can't wait to find out what the official logo and name will be?
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May 9, 2014
Download Logo / Name Contest Entry Form

Local radio is coming to Sun Prairie! But what will the new station be called and what will its logo look like? That could be up to you!

The Sun Prairie Media Center, home to the public cable access channels KSUN and KIDS-4 and a longtime innovator in community media, is excited to announce plans to launch a community radio station in Sun Prairie!

Like KSUN and KIDS-4, the low-power FM radio station will be a unique way for Sun Prairie residents to get involved in their community by presenting their own news, opinions, and ideas through hosting and producing original shows. On-air opportunities will also exist for residents who simply want to spend an hour playing their favorite songs.

Community involvement will be essential to the success of the station, so the Sun Prairie Media Center is asking for that involvement starting right now. The SPMC needs YOU to come up with an original logo and name for the new station!

Got some ideas? Download the Logo/Name Contest entry form. Ideas can also be submitted on plain paper, but all entries should include the following information: Name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Ideas can be submitted in any one of the following ways:
1. Mail to Sun Prairie Media Center, 1350 Linnerud Drive, Suite 2, Sun Prairie, WI, 53590
2. Fax to 608-837-0870
3. E-mail to staff@sunprairiemediacenter.com
4. Facebook at facebook.com/spcommunityradio
5. Entry forms can also be dropped off at the Sun Prairie Media Center or Sun Prairie Public Library.

A person who submits a winning entry as chosen by the staff and board of the Sun Prairie Media Center will win $103.50 cash and a Sun Prairie community radio station t-shirt featuring their winning logo.

All entries should be submitted by June 2, 2014, to be considered by the staff and board of the Sun Prairie Media Center. All entries must be original designs and not a design that could infringe on copyright laws.

The contest winner agrees to relinquish the copyright of their work to the Sun Prairie Media Center for use in representing the station in any manner it so chooses, including but not limited to station advertising, marketing, web sites, social media outlets, flyers, giveaway items, and clothing. Staff at the Sun Prairie Media Center reserve the right to alter the winning entry. All submissions become the property of the Sun Prairie Media Center, the Sun Prairie Community Foundation, and the Friends of KIDS-4.

More information on Sun Prairie Community Radio: The 100-watt station will be available to Sun Prairie residents at 103.5 on their FM dial. Thanks to Sun Prairie Utilities, current plans are for the station's antenna to be installed at the city's water tower off of Linnerud Drive. The station is scheduled to go live on-air in summer 2015. Anyone interested in the station and its progress are urged to check out our Facebook page.