Arson at KOOP Radio, Austin

As you may have heard, KOOP Radio (http://www.koop.org/) suffered another fire, this time at our new location in East Austin. Unlike the two fires in early 2006 that prompted our move from downtown, this latest blaze was intentionally set. The Austin Fire Department continues to investigate.

Two ways you can help:

1) Anyone can help us get back on our feet by donating on line to the station at http://www.koop.org/?page=donate.

2) The Texas State Arson Hotline is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the recent fire at KOOP’s facility. You can call the 24-hour hotline at 1-877-4FIRE45 (1-877-434-7345).

KOOP Radio is seeking out a temporary facility to resume broadcasting in the next couple weeks. In the meantime, student radio KVRX is covering our day shift on 91.7 FM.

Except for three paid staff (one part-time) working in the office, everyone at KOOP is a volunteer. We’re here because we are committed to the cause of community radio, serving underserved communities and bringing voice to the voiceless.

You listen to KOOP because you hear things on our station that you rarely hear anywhere else. Some of you have been guests on our programs and have had the opportunity to talk in depth on subjects given negligible and often superficial coverage in the mainstream media.

We’ll get through this. We’ve been through worse. And as always, we depend on the community for your support.

Allan

Allan Campbell, Producer & Host
People United: The Show in Solidarity with the People of the World.
Fridays at 1 pm, US Central Time
91.7 FM, KOOP Hornsby/Austin
http://www.koop.org

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