We hope everyone has food to eat, shelter to stay warm and family & friends to keep you company! 2017 was a very good year for us at OTR with the launch of our new radio station KOYC (Own Your Community) 98.5 FM LP in Pueblo. We have a range of about 8-10 miles, so we’re covering a good portion of Pueblo. Our programs are all about local; whether musicians, youth, schools and events we want to ensure everyone’s voice is being heard. That’s why we call ourselves the VOICE & RHYTM of Pueblo. (more…)
The weather held out as we put a new roof on the ‘V’ She was in pretty bad shape with all the wear and tear throughout the years. Not to mention all those trees scraped while trying to park in cities around the country.
The roofing supplies went on sale at almost 1/2 price so the timing was perfect. Now we’re good for another 10 years with two layers of rubber compound to stop any leaks. (more…)
We’ve been working hard on the radio station to bring programs for youth and part of that entailed interviews of kids on the Eastside. It’s pretty sad when 50% of the 10 kids interviewed openly admit they’ve thought of suicide because life is too tough. We’re doing our best to reach out to kids and let them know they have support and options.
Two of our donated houses are now up and running. We host MakerSpace @ 816 E 5th on Fridays from 4-6 pm. On Saturdays we have open mic and yard fun @ 824 E 5th. There are more programs coming, we just need funding to make it happen. Our gardens have been planted thanks to Baker Seed Co (Rare seeds) who donated $250 worth of non-gmo seeds. (more…)
A few of us weathered the weather on Saturday to show our support for the National Climate March 2017.
With the snow coming down the speakers persevered to lend their voices. Across the country people marched to stand up to the administration who think it’s not real. Well, the people spoke up and this is what it looked like:
OTR Foundation is working around the clock to bring a creative space to the Eastside of Pueblo where gangs and drugs run rampant. It’s been some time renovating these abandoned homes that were donated over the course of 3 years. With very limited funds we’ve managed to finish one for art and makerspace and almost completed the second for music and radio station. After launching our 98.5 FM LP station we’re finding a voice for the community to raise its concerns and talk about the issues facing the Eastside. Our third house will be a while before we can find funding for that, but eventually that will become a media, virtual reality space. Fun on Fifth St. is where it will be soon! In the meantime we’re enjoying the (more…)
The art students from Colorado State University here in Pueblo gave us some fresh ideas for their renditions of logo’s for our new radio station and the choices were tough with so many great designs. We have decided on this one with a few minor changes. We thank CSU graphic art students for giving us some great samples and making our little community low powered radio station so very cool! (more…)
Calling all musicians to come join us for a flash mob in Pueblo CO. This is a civil disobedience action to support all the musicians/artists who are banned from playing on the RiverWalk in Pueblo. The RiverWalk was paid for with tax payer dollars. But we found out only a dozen musicians are allowed to play on this long expanse of beautiful man made river walkway. Not only that, they MUST audition before playing and then, if lucky enough to be approved (not sure what the criteria is or who decides) then the musician must remain in the same spot for only 90 minutes and not go anywhere else along the (more…)
We have our radio station studio set up and are now live on 98.5 FM LP-Pueblo. What an exciting day it was to hear our own airwaves being broadcast that first day. This is going to give us, and the community, a voice in Pueblo. We’ll be interviewing musicians, artists, politicians and just your everyday citizens to see what they feel about their city. Our youth will have a voice too and DJ’ing will be taught to those interested. We officially occupying the airwaves. (more…)
Our Fundraiser is this Saturday from 4 – 8pm at the Pueblo House 816 E 5th St. (Between Glendale & Hudson).
The Radio Station 98.5 FM KOYC (k-occupy your community) will be raising money to purchase a transmitter and antennae so we can start broadcasting by Feb. 15th. Stay tuned..lol
We’re gearing up and getting the houses ready to view for anyone who would like a tour to see what we’re doing over here on 5th St. (more…)
We’ve been busy working on our music house. The OTR Foundation has 3 houses that were donated on the Eastside (812, 816 & 824 E 5th St.) of Pueblo. We’re using these spaces to ensure youth have a stress free – safe place to go where they enjoy a few things that schools may not offer. Our aim is to give kids something fun to do and at the same time expose them to things that they might find their passion. Rather than work at minimum wage jobs it would be nice to see them build a career doing what they love. We’ll expose kids to more music, art and media. We’re creating a space where young people can learn, play and mentor each other. The original Pueblo House is finished, but we have so much stuff (and a whole lot of musical instruments) inside, we’ve run out of room. Renovations are finalizing on the music house and with all the construction, we’ve not had the time (or space) to run programs. The music house will be our main focus until spring when we will open the space for music jams & lessons. The original Pueblo House (816 E 5th) will be turned into a games room, library and be our art space with lessons by local artists. (more…)