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Transplant to the Left Coast
by Stewart Dickson (mathartspd [at] gmail.com)
Saturday Sep 19th, 2020 11:12 AM
I hosted TechKnowLedge every Thursday morning from 8 to 9 on WRFU-LP 104.5 Urbana-Champaign, Illinois from mid-2010 to the end of 2018. I transplanted myself from East-Central Illinois to the Mendocino Coast in January, 2019. Thinking of spinning-up TechKnowledge again on KNYO-LP 10.7, Fort Bragg.
I hosted TechKnowLedge every Thursday morning from 8 to 9 on WRFU-LP 104.5 Urbana-Champaign, Illinois broadcasting from the U-C Independent Media Center in the Classic Urbana Post Office at 202 South Broadway.

TechKnowLedge was a show about making and hacking, crafting and modding, repurposing and upcycling. TechKnowLedge was the voice of the Technical Working Group of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, a project of the Urbana Socialist Forum. TechKnowLedge was news and views from the maker and hacker community.

The UC-IMC was born with the rest of IndyMedia in 1999 at the Battle of Seattle. WRFU-LP 104.5 was put up by Danielle Chynoweth, Stuart Levy (of the NCSA), Petri Dish (Pete Tredish) and a host of others in 2005. The Public i
http://publici.ucimc.org newspaper is published by the U-C IMC.

The grassroots Internet Service Provider Chambana.net was a project of Acorn Active Media by Sascha Meinrath, Joshua Heretic, Brian Duggan, (now of the New America Foundation, http://www.newamerica.org) Stuart Levy and others.

In November, 2009, I walked into the U-C IMC and asked, "Hey,
where's our local hackerspace?" There wasn't one, so we had to start one. That was January, 2010. Today, ten years later, the Makerspace Urbana has taken on a life of its own. http://makerspaceurbana.org

By mid-summer 2010, one of the co-founders, Brian Duggan and I proposed to WRFU-LP 104.5 a radio show "to bridge the digital divide." It started with the two of us, but Brian wasn't really a morning person and eventually, he drifted off to Washington, DC. But, I maintained the show myself until December 20, 2018.

I transplanted myself from East-Central Illinois to the Mendocino Coast in January, 2019. This is a weird place. It's like Suburban San Francisco ... Appalachia! It's like an island in the woods up against the Pacific Ocean.

Since I have been here, I have continued maintaining the social media pages associated with TechKnowledge. Log in to facebook and do a search for TechKnowLedge WRFU or TechKnowledge KNYO. Tey http://tech-knowledge.tumblr.com
I have talked to Bob Young, Station Manager of KNYO-LP 107.7, Fort Bragg. I'm thinking of spinning-up a North Coast version of TechKnowLedge.

I have talked to a couple who call themselves Mendo Makers.
They were officers of the Robot Garden Hackerspace in Livermore, who moved to the Village of Mendocino four years ago. They have founded the Mendocino Coast Makers Guild, a 501(c)3 non-profit.
https://wiki.hackerspaces.org/Mendocino_Coast_Makers_Guild

Janelle Dahling, President of the MCMG said she believes the future of the Mendocino Coast is Tech. That's a quote. I think that may be true of recent transplants to the Coast, such as myself, but I'm not sure that applies to people who have always lived here.

With TechKnowledge on WRFU at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, I had a really good idea of for and to whom I was speaking. And I don't have that here in Fort Bragg.
I'm having trouble stretching my concept of TechKnowledge to speak to the the natives.

So, I'm reaching out to IndyBay for feedback and support. Thank you!
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