KDHX Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Raise Final Funds for Grand Center Space

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

St. Louis’ own community radio station KDHX begins its final surge this week to raise the remaining necessary funds for their new digs, The Larry J. Weir Center For Independent Media, named after their late operations manager. The station has already raised $2 million toward the campaign, but is trying to raise an additional $50,000 to complete the project. To that end, a Kickstarter campaign was launched last week, which continues through July 26. The project will only be funded if $50,000 is pledged by that date.

The new building at 3524 Washington Blvd. will triple the station’s production space,  double their broadcast space and add amenities that two years ago were just a gleam in KDHX’s collective eye. The first floor will feature a coffee shop with food catered by the nearby Triumph Grill, and a 150-seat performance venue—wired for audio and video—that will present shows booked by KDHX as well as local arts groups. The Kickstarter campaign funds will support the purchase of equipment for this venue.

The second floor contains ten production rooms. Two of them are dedicated broadcast studios and one is the live in-studio room for visiting bands. The remaining rooms are for training and day-to-day content production and space for the volunteers, DJs and the nearly steady stream of musicians and bands the station records every year. The top two floors will house offices and administration.

Since its founding twenty-five years ago, KDHX has grown from a small community start-up to a dynamic arts organization that supports music, initiates media outreach and education programs, and promotes community engagement through live music.

“It’s really about being an independent voice and turning it on and hearing your neighbors telling you about things you’re interested and bringing you music they’re passionate about,” says KDHX development director Caron House. “It’s like a good friend making you a mixed tape.”

Donations to the Kickstarter campaign can be as low as one dollar, but higher gifts get the donor higher premium rewards, which include t-shirts, vinyl messenger bags, admission to a hard hat party, 20 golden tickets allowing free entry into any KDHX event for 18 months, and even a private party at the new station.

For more information or to listen to the station on the web, visit the KDHX website.

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