Sun Prairie Community Radio Project



April 28, 2015
Naming Rights Available for 103.5 The Sun Community Radio Studio

For a limited time, the Sun Prairie Media Center is accepting applications for naming rights to its new radio studio at 1350 Linnerud Drive. The studio will house the equipment necessary to program and broadcast 103.5 The Sun Community Radio, scheduled to begin radio and online transmission this summer.

Any business interested in acquiring the naming rights to the 103.5 The Sun radio studio is asked to e-mail Jeff Robbins at jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com by noon CST on Friday, May 8, 2015. The e-mail should include basic business contact information as well as the price being offered to pay for a one-year term to begin at a date to be determined. A suggested minimum starting offer is $5,000 for the first one-year term.


Acceptance of the offer is subject to formal agreement by both the Sun Prairie Media Center and the business presenting the offer.


Once the studio naming rights are determined and finalized, the name will become the exclusive radio studio name of 103.5 The Sun Community Radio for a one-year period. Robbins said the Sun Prairie Media Center will make concerted efforts that its on-air hosts utilize the name during live or recorded programming. Robbins also said a sign bearing the new name of the studio will be installed on the radio studio door.


Should more than one business submit the same offer, a resubmittal may be requested of those businesses in contention for the rights. If a tie remains after the request for resubmittals, the first one received will take precedent and will be offered the chance to enter into a formal agreement. If a formal agreement cannot be mutually agreed upon, the Sun Prairie Media Center may negotiate with the next qualified applicant. Once all parties agree, a public announcement of the radio studio's new name will be scheduled at a time and place to be determined.


Questions may be sent to Jeff Robbins at jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com or at 608-837-4193.



June 20, 2014

Kickstarter Campaign Launches for 103.5 The Sun Community Radio

The Sun Prairie Media Center has officially launched its Kickstarter fundraising campaign to raise funds for "103.5 The Sun Community Radio," the city's upcoming radio station. The website to donate to the project is https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thesuncommunityradio/1035-the-sun-community-radio-project.

This is the first phase of what will be several months of fundraising and planning for the station, said SPMC executive director Jeff Robbins.

"We hope to eventually raise roughly double what we're asking for with the Kickstarter campaign," said Robbins. "But given that The Sun' will be a community radio station, programmed for and by the residents of Sun Prairie, it made sense to start with this grass-roots effort."

People can log in and make a donation as small as one dollar, and anyone who donates at least $10 will receive some exclusive giveaways, including "103.5 The Sun Community Radio" stickers, flashlight keychains, t-shirts, and mugs.

The giveaways will all feature the new logo that came courtesy of Cottage Grove resident Jennifer Seubert, who emerged as the winner in the Sun Prairie Media Center's just-finished radio logo contest.

In addition, anyone who donates at the "Adopt-A-Watt" level of $103 will have their name etched on a plaque that will adorn the "103.5 The Sun Community Radio" studios.

All donors will receive updates on the radio project and special on-air thanks once the station launches.

The Kickstarter campaign is crucial to the overall success of the radio station, said Robbins.

"We are getting a ton of feedback from the community from people very excited and interested in the station. But funding the station is obviously the first important step."

If the project goal of $10,350 is not reached by August 19, none of the funds donated will be made available to the SPMC. So reaching that goal is "a must," said Robbins.

"103.5 The Sun" will be a unique way for Sun Prairie residents to get involved in their community by hosting and producing original shows. On-air opportunities will also exist for residents who simply want to spend an hour playing their favorite songs.

Seubert said the station sounds like a great idea and that's one of the reasons she got involved. "I think community radio seems likes an excellent avenue for residents of Sun Prairie to share news, events, and opinions, and to connect with one another."

"I would love for The Sun to feature local music and segments on local arts, crafts, food, and drink," Seubert continued. "Sun Prairie has so much to offer in this respect."

"103.5 The Sun" is scheduled to be available in summer 2015. Additional information on the station and its progress is available at facebook.com/thesuncommunityradio.


June 13, 2014
Sun Prairie Community Radio Project Announces Station Name, Logo


The Sun Prairie Media Center, home to the public cable access channels KSUN and KIDS-4, is pleased to announce that its upcoming FM radio station, set to launch in the summer of 2015, will be known as "103.5 The Sun Community Radio."

Along with "The Sun" name, the station also has a new logo courtesy of Cottage Grove resident Jennifer Seubert, who emerged as the winner in the Sun Prairie Media Center's just-finished logo contest.

"We received lots of really terrific entries," said Sun Prairie Media Center executive director Jeff Robbins. "The fact that the contest was embraced to the extent that it was tells me that not only do we have a lot of talented graphic artists in our area, but that interest in our community radio station is strong."

Perhaps not surprisingly, Seubert has a visual arts background and currently works as an editor, designer, and coordinator for Family Impact Seminars at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Human Ecology. Seubert said she freelances when her schedule allows and that the Sun Prairie Media Center's contest fit her interests perfectly.

"I found out about the contest while treating my daughter to frozen yogurt at Orange Leaf in Sun Prairie," said Seubert. "There was a flyer in the window. I looked up the contest as soon as we got home and started drafting ideas. I really enjoy logo design and this contest offered me the perfect opportunity to use and sharpen my design abilities."

To create the logo, Seubert said she "wanted to blend an organic, natural element" of Sun Prairie with "an element that spoke to radio." Therefore, the unique combination of prairie grass and radio waves was born.

To choose Seubert's logo, Robbins, the staff at the Sun Prairie Media Center, and the members of the Cable Access Telecommunications Commissions board all weighed in on their favorite designs. Robbins said Seubert's was an overwhelming favorite.

"We were getting logos in every day," said Robbins, "and many were great. But we kept coming back to Seubert's. It was simple yet attention-grabbing. And it said everything we wanted the logo to say."

103.5 The Sun Community Radio will be a unique way for Sun Prairie residents to get involved in their community by hosting and producing original shows. On-air opportunities will also exist for residents who simply want to spend an hour playing their favorite songs.

Seubert said the station sounds like a great idea and that's one of the reasons she got involved. "I think community radio seems likes an excellent avenue for residents of Sun Prairie to share news, events, and opinions, and to connect with one another."

"I would love for The Sun to feature local music and segments on local arts, crafts, food, and drink," Seubert continued. "Sun Prairie has so much to offer in this respect."

103.5 The Sun Community Radio is scheduled to be available in summer 2015. Anyone interested in the station and its progress is urged to check out facebook.com/spcommunityradio.com. Financial support for the non-profit, non-commercial station will be launching soon at kickstarter.com.