Independent Radio Stations: Offer Creative Perspectives to Indianapolis
Local and independent radio programming is abundant in its service to the Indianapolis area. These creative outlets and news sources are an opportune way to get involved in the community and learn about upcoming events. It also serves as a platform to discuss concerns that affect local residents. The benefits of community radio are access to new local organizations, nonprofits and grass root campaigns, connecting interested listeners to resources in the local area, and educating about outside-of-the box ideas, initiatives and projects. Generally, the subject matter inspires positivity, connection and propels growth in the community.
A leader in the independent radio scene is WITT 91.9 FM, founded by Jim Walsh in June 2009 and operated entirely by community volunteers. WITT features unpredictable, non-commercial radio and hosts a wide variety of programming. They proudly feature eclectic and diverse musical selections from all genres making them one of the most well rounded and unique stations serving Central Indiana. There is something for everyone from children to adults, and various topics covered in programming include public affairs, world news and musicology.
Good Earth’s Another Day of Living, is one of WITT’s programs and explores a wide variety of health-related topics. The show airs in 30-minute segments every Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The focus of the show is to support eating and living well, and feeling good. The host, Alix Litwak, is a holistic nutritionist, biofeedback specialist and author. Her hope for the listeners is that they will be introduced to interesting people and resources that’ll educate, enlighten and entertain about all things in the health-related field.
Another leader in community public radio is the University of Indianapolis’ station 88.7 WICR. It was founded in 1962, is owned by the University of Indianapolis’ Board of Trustees and operated by radio broadcasting students, faculty and staff. The station was created as an educational tool for students and to benefit the public interest of the Indianapolis community. The station predominately features classical and jazz genres as well as hosts a variety of local programming.
Richard Brendan is the executive producer and host of Bringing Love to Life, a long-term staple of 88.7 WICR’s programs. Founded 14 years ago, the show airs for one hour every Sunday at noon. Brendan engages a variety of community members, including musicians, artists, peace and environmental activists and visionaries, in easy-to-understand conversations about contemporary social change topics and stories. The radio show inspires a movement toward loving ourselves, each other and the Earth. The goal of the program is to develop more humane, compassionate strategies and responses to the challenging social and cultural issues of our time.