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A Year in Review

i Jan 14th No Comments by

January: granted IRS 501(c)(3) status – tax exempt and tax deductible donation status

February:  granted a construction permit by FCC to build our 100 watt low power FM station and broadcast at 99.5 Mhz FM; let the fundraising begin!

February through August: Tom Stender, owner of the historic Harbor Landing Building at 7th and 7th donates office space to our nonprofit, providing a venue for us to get our act together, hold meetings and have a public presence.  Thank you Tom!

March: we are granted KTWH (also known unofficially as KTwH – get it?) for our call letters.

April: CLP roundup program grants us $500!

April: training of students begins for using our Age-to-Age-sponsored portable recording equipment for interviews

May: Two Harbors Area/LaBounty Fund grants us $4985 for studio equipment!

October: Lloyd K Johnson Foundation grants us $20,000 for equipment and operating expenses!

November: we raise over $2250 with our Raise the Antenna campaign including November 13 GiveMN Give to the Max day, bringing our total raised from individual contributions since our inception in 2012 to over $8,000  – thanks to so many of you! Also in November, Shane Dickey of Toimi is elected to our Board of Directors, bringing his background in nonprofits, music curating and storytelling

December: Wallin Foundation of Minneapolis grants us $1,000! We sign a lease on the Harbor Landing future studio site (the office space between our former office and Jaws Computer Service); we elect Eddie Parke of Two Harbors to our Board of Directors, bringing his extensive experience in broadcast technology as well as nonprofit administration; and the Lake County Board of Commissioners approves our agreement to use a communications at the county garage for our antenna. We’re good to go!


 

2015 promises to bring us to the airwaves, likely sometime this spring. Most of the equipment is purchased but expenses still remain, including hiring an engineer to install our antenna and transmitter, studio construction expenses, music licensing, and streaming fees.

NOTE: Programmers will soon be contacted about their program ideas and beginning training once the studio is in place.”

It is never too late to make your donation to Two Harbors Community Radio, still tax deductible for 2014 if you do it byi the 31st, or for 2015. You may donate online at ktwh.org, by mail to PO Box 622, TH 55616, or in person at our Harbor Landing office, Mon – Thursdays, 1-3pm (though the office is unstaffed this Wednesday and Thursday).

BREAKING NEWS

better-living-radio-theatre2015 will also bring our first Radio Variety Show at Two Harbors’ historic Harbor Theater!!! The event is being planned for Saturday Feb 28 at 7pm.

It will feature local music, storytelling, and the debut of our own local radio theater troupe. Stay tuned for more details, but put it on your new calendar today!

 

 

 

Even the Chickadees Admire Our THCR Mug!

Even the Chickadees Admire Our THCR Mug!

i Dec 18th No Comments by

Our marbled deep blue THCR mugs make a great holiday gift! They are still available as a premium for a donation of $20, two for $30.

Perfect for your winter’s hot beverages – and for feeding the chickadee-dee-dees! Pick a couple up at our office in the Harbor Landing Building, Monday through Thursdays (closed the 25th of course!) 1pm-3pm, or at Sweet Peas or Moosecellaneous gift stores, or email or call us, THCommRadio@gmail.com, 218-830-0489

KTWH Will Soon Be Illuminating Your World!

KTWH Will Soon Be Illuminating Your World!

i Oct 21st No Comments by

KTWH Will Soon Be Illuminating Your World!

 

Support KTWH by donating today!



 

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Two Harbors Community Radio – BREAKING NEWS!

Two Harbors Community Radio – BREAKING NEWS!

i Oct 10th No Comments by

Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation Grant

THCR is thrilled to announce that we are recipients of a generous Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation grant. After nearly three years of preparation, planning and countless volunteer hours, the effort to bring a community radio station to Two Harbors is now becoming a reality. A portion of the $20,000 award will help purchase nearly 75 percent of the basic needed equipment needed to get KTWH-LP 99. 5 FM on the air. Studio space rental and operational costs are also priorities to be funded from the award.

Michelle Ronning, fundraising chair of THCR expresses her gratitude,

“Thanks to the generosity of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, local businesses and especially the individual support, we will raise the antenna for your community radio.”

We are in fact rolling out the “Raise the Antenna” campaign this week to help get KTWH-LP (low power) on the air by summer of 2015. Now your individual contributions to THCR mean more than ever. Of course, we realize many of you have been volunteers, financial contributors, and steadfast bearers of local good will for this effort, for which we are ever grateful. However, much hinges on our ability to raise the remainder of the money we need to purchase and install the studio and transmitter/antenna equipment.

You may easily click here to donate on this website or at the Donate tab on the home page or by visiting our THCR offices in the Harbor Landing Building at 7th Avenue and 7th Street, Two Harbors hours are Monday through Thursday, 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Checks made out to THCR can be sent to THCR, PO Box 622, Two Harbors, 55616. Our phone contact is 834-2247.


There is even more to update you on:

Two Harbors Community Radio Station TrainingRadio Station Training

Tuesday, September 30, was a successful night of introductory information sharing and training exercises for some of the roster of people interested in being on air at KTWH-LP. We expect to have more training sessions yet this year. Remember to submit your program ideas on the Programs page of this site, even if preliminary, so that we can keep in touch with you about your proposal and let you know about upcoming programmer training.

Studio and Transmitter Locations

We are working out details for our studio and transmitter locations. We will post more updates soon as agreements are settled for these locations.

We continue to seek volunteers for committees, radio theater, working with our youth training, important archiving and clerical work, and many other on- and off-air tasks that will need doing to make Two Harbors Community Radio a “sound” operation. Let us hear from you!

 

The THUGs

The THUGs

i Aug 2nd No Comments by

The THUGs (Two Harbors Ukulele Group) have become an integral part of the Two Harbors music scene, often gracing our community events with their songs and tunes. Here you can listen to their performance of White Sport Coat at the Heritage Days 2014 stage.

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Santa for Sale

Santa for Sale

i Aug 2nd No Comments by

Two Harbors Community Radio captures a sight to behold: Santa on a motorcycle, looking for a new home. Hear the sellers give their pitch – maybe Santa is looking for you! [Update: THCR has learned that Santa has already found a new home, so please don’t call the phone number mentioned]

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Alice Sande Interview

At Heritage Days 2014, Age-to-age intern Kiersten Haaversen interviewed Two Harbors native and THCR supporter Alice Sande at our tent. With intermittent choruses of cheers and groans coming from the annual lutefisk toss event in the background, Alice captures the spirit of Heritage Days.

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KTWH Station-Builder Drive

KTWH Station-Builder Drive

i Jul 22nd No Comments by

Working together toward our goal of $25,000 for start-up equipment, your support in the form of a tax-deductible donation can earn you these premiums:

  • $20 KTWH /THCR marbled blue MUG
  • $30  *** 2 mugs for $30 ***
  • $25  Georganne Hunter gaelic harp CD (Albums available: Stoney Point or Greenstone)
  • $25 Trampled by Turtles CD (Albums available: Trouble, Duluth, or Palomino)
  • $30 Trampled by Turtles LP vinyl (Albums available: Trouble, Duluth, Palomino, Live at First Avenue, or Stars and Satellites)

How to Donate

Visit us during office hours, mail* to PO Box 622, Two Harbors, MN 55616, or click the donate button below!

*Make checks out to THCR

KTWH Silent Auction

KTWH Silent Auction

i Jul 11th No Comments by

Support KTWH and win a kayak!

The featured prize for supporting the local low-powered radio station is a Necky Sky kayak, donated by Two Harbors resident Joyce Helin. An ongoing silent auction for the gently used 9′ craft including paddle at THCR’s Heritage Days booth will culminate this Sunday the 13th at noon. Bidders may track the current bid on THCR’s Facebook page but should make their starting bid in person.

Silent auction bids may be viewed on the Facebook page at the end of each day.

Heritage Days Kicks off Radio Station’s Summer Fundraising Drive

Heritage Days Kicks off Radio Station’s Summer Fundraising Drive

i Jul 9th No Comments by

This week’s Heritage Days celebration and next week’s Chalk.a.lot Sidewalk Art Festival will provide followers of the coming radio station in Two Harbors with opportunities to show their support and not go away empty-handed.

Two Harbors Community Radio (THCR) will have booths at both events, where their striking new mugs sporting their logo and website address, KTWH.org, will be available as premiums for donations to the summer Station-Builder Fundraising Drive.

Other premiums include buttons, again with their logo and website, made by Judy Olson, and CDs and LPs by local musicians of regional and national acclaim, Georganne Hunter and Trampled by Turtles.

The featured prize for supporting the local low-powered radio station is a Necky Sky kayak, donated by Two Harbors resident Joyce Helin. An ongoing silent auction for the gently used 9′ craft including paddle at THCR’s Heritage Days booth will culminate this Sunday the 13th at noon. Bidders may track the current bid on THCR’s Facebook page but should make their starting bid in person.

THCR has already received support from the LaBounty Fund of the Two Harbors Area Community Fund, getting the equipment fund off to a great start with a $5,000 grant. That is about 20% of the total needed for the equipment budget. Grants from the Coop Light & Power’s Round-up Program and Northland Foundation’s Age-to-Age program are being put to other uses.

THCR, an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was awarded a construction permit from the FCC in February to start a 100 watt FM station to serve the Two Harbors area community. They are currently fundraising for the equipment needed to go on-air while working out of donated office space in the Harbor Landing building at 7th Avenue and 7th Street. They may be contacted at THCommradio@gmail.com, via their website KTWH.org, and at 834-2247. Better yet, stop by the Heritage Days and Chalk.a.lot booths to meet some radio-active volunteers and show your support.