Saturday, January 12, 2008

Happy birthday, KSFR News

We've been at this for six years now, going on seven.

When we started, it was with a commitment to local broadcast news. The naysayers said it couldn't be done with a volunteer news staff.

Since then:

-- More than 18,000 hourly newscasts
-- Live broadcasts of every county, municipal and primary election returns
-- Staffers at both the Democratic and Republican national conventions in 2004
-- More than three dozen awards for excellence in broadcast journalism
-- Ongoing professional development of the largest broadcast news team in northern New Mexico -- from 8 to 12 people on average throughout the year
-- Four years of affiliation with BBC

We began with one computer for the entire radio station and a rudimentary Radio Shack telephone connection for getting phone interviews. I bought two cassette tape recorders and cable to dub/edit tape from one to the other. Thanks to contributions, we've been able to add numerous computers, high-quality telephone connections, sophisticated audio software and super remote broadcast equipment.

It's been a wild ride. And there's more to come.

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