For the past three years Zumix has celebrated the launch of Zumix Radio with a community block party that is held in September. The annual anniversary of the radio station’s launch would draw hundreds down to Zumix to enjoy a daylong celebration of food, music and on air interviews.
Sadly, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Zumix had to scrap the annual event but has come up with a very creative way to celebrate the station’s 4th Anniversary.
“To celebrate the station, we are hosting a 24-hour Radiothon this weekend driven by our Station Manager Rene Dongo,” said Zumix’s Director of Advancement Kim Dawson.
This weekend on October 10 and 11 from noon to noon the station will be broadcasting for 24 hours live on ZUMIX Radio to celebrate turning four years old on FM radio.
“We invite you to join us and take a listen live at 94.9fm or online at https://zumix.org/listenlive.html,” said Dawson. “The community can also leave a birthday wish via voicemail for us to play during the event. Just call (617) 819-5771.”
Zumix Radio is a community radio station broadcasting the voices and culture of Boston’s youth through music, stories, and bilingual conversation. After streaming online for a decade, Zumix Radio began broadcasting as a low power FM station 24 hours daily in 2016. Currently 25 youth and 20 adults produce and host weekly shows featuring a variety of programming including talk radio and music.
In 2015 Zumix was granted one of two construction permits by the Federal Communications Corporation (FCC) for a Low Power FM radio station. The station, which is shared with Winthrop Art Association, broadcasts on 94.9 FM. Its signal reaches a radius of approximately 3.5 miles from a transmission site atop East Boston High School.
In addition to its broadcast station, Zumix Radio continues to stream online at http://www.Zumix.org.
Zumix Radio is a youth and community station that serves Zumix’s mission of empowering youth to make strong positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world. Zumix radio produces and hosts weekly shows featuring a variety of music styles and topics such as teen life, local news, and labor rights.
Zumix Radio began in 2005 and initially broadcast at 1630 AM. When Zumix moved to the Firehouse at 260 Sumner Street in 2010 the radio station was only available online. With the new broadcast station Zumix Radio has been reaching a broader and more diverse group of listeners.
Zumix’s LPFM license is the result of a ten-year effort by media justice advocates to win passage of the Local Community Radio Act that mandates the FCC to issue new non-commercial FM radio licenses to community groups across the country. The Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by former President Barack Obama in January 2011. Since fall 2013 there have been 1,506 LPFM licenses granted across the country. Only two LPFM frequencies were available in Boston, and Zumix was chosen for one of the two.
The Lineup for the weekend Radiothon is as follows::
Noon – Radio Kick-Off – Britt, Mariel and Danielle
1pm – How did 94.9FM start with Britt and a special guest
2pm – Ritmo Salsero with Johnny G
3pm – Journalism – Geana and Lia with Teens in Print
4pm – ZTC Reunion Show – hosted by Wilce and Sarah
5pm – Elemental Radio with DJ Potassium
6pm – The Quiz Show – hosted by Richie, with Carlos and Eddie
7pm – The Quiz Show – hosted by Richie with Abe, Peter and Chris
8pm – CooperaYA! – Quarantine Special
9pm – Mixen with Max
10pm – What’s Up Eastie with Kannan
11pm – Expressions
Midnight – Expressions ft April Love
1am – XYZ Takeover with Gabi
2am – Mystery Show
3am – Firehouse MEEP MEEP Hour
4am – Four AM with Rene
5am – Hip Hop History with Corey and The Arcitype
6am – Sprouts Radio Drama – Part 2
7am – ZUMIX Story Hour – Block Party 1
8am – Mystery Show 2
9am – The Morning Show with Corey
10am – Bienestar with Carmen and Elisanett
11am – Radio Finale with Geana, Britt and Carlos