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updated: 6/1/2012 4:37 PM

Huntley radio group secures broadcasting home

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The Huntley Park District board has approved a licensing agreement with the organizers of Huntley Community Radio, a move that gives the organization a broadcasting headquarters.

By mid-September, the nonprofit group hopes to be live on the Internet from office space within the Deicke Park's administration building, said Allen Pollack, HCR's executive director.

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Later on, the group will broadcast on both the Internet and a low-powered FM radio station within a 10-mile radius of Huntley -- after getting permission from the Federal Communications Commission.

The park district's board of commissioners endorsed the four-page agreement Wednesday night and it remains in effect until Dec. 15, 2013, at which time both parties would re-enter negotiations.

The property was previously zoned for a single-family residence, but in April, the Huntley village board approved a special use permit to allow broadcasting.

HCR is still working on the programming, but organizers expect to broadcast and produce shows that involve Huntley High School students and that notify listeners about available resources and civic organizations within the village.

So far, the group has raised $45,000 to cover programming and other expenses. Sponsors include Centegra Health System, St. Mary Catholic Church and the Al Litwin Endowment Fund.

"We have enough money right now to go live on the Internet and to support our operating budget through the middle of 2013," Pollack said, adding that the group continues to raise money.

The next steps involve buying furniture for the studio, developing the station's website and training volunteers and team members so they're ready to go live.

If you would like to volunteer, contribute money or donate office furniture to the radio station, send an email to huntleyradio-nfp@hotmail.com.

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