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Voices behind the airwaves

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BW: How does someone get their show or program on the air?

BCRP: Program proposals are available online. After the proposal is submitted, a BCRP board decides if the proposal will become part of the Webcast programming. Program decisions are based upon BCRP's mission.

TVTV: People can take camps, classes and university courses that teach the basics of television production. At the same time, little skill can be involved. A person can just sit in front of a camera and hum if they want. A low-cost producers fee is required before programs can air.

What if people start submitting redundant evangelical shows? Could public access and community media become special interest or Christian media?

Abrams: We ask, "Can it be heard elsewhere in the valley?" We're a progressive organization and our ideals are inclusive.

Isabel: But BCRP is about giving voice to the voiceless.

Dewey: We air programs based on a first-come, first-served basis.

What kind of programing can people expect to see and hear?

BCRP: BCRP aims to air at least 75 percent "local grown" programming. Right now, you'll find a combination of local DJs, public and community interest shows and how-to programming on BCRP Webcasts.

TVTV: Everything from the imported Democracy Now! to Boise City Council meetings and documentaries. People can submit anything and it will likely get on the air. It could be your kid's soccer game.

If folks don't want to produce programming, how can they get involved?

ALL: Donate cash, help raise funds, volunteer, actively support and listen to and watch community radio and public access television.

- Carissa Wolf.

Jeff Abrams and Isabel Holt work with BCRP. Matt Dewey is a program production coordinator for TVTV.

* Responses excerpted from individual interviews