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Fund Drive Update #2: Have Ya Heard? Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 December 2013

With exactly four weeks to go we're creeping closer to our goal for the 2013 Fund Drive (20% of our goal of $7500). Supporting us right now only takes a few minutes when you visit the Donate page of our website (http://gtownradio.com/donate). Last Friday we were a host site for the National Day of Listening where we captured some great memories and photos (more on this in a future update). This is exactly the kind of activity G-town Radio will continue to offer with your support.

We have a lot of great shows on G-town Radio that produce content you won't find elsewhere. We want to introduce you to some of them in our series Have Ya Heard?. Today is For The People: Law in Plain Language.


Show: For The People: Law in Plain Language
When: Tuesdays 8-9:30 PM
Host: Debra D. Rainey, Esq., “The Compassionate Lawyer”
Co-hosts: Blaq aka “The Broke Poet”, Chamara aka ‘Lady go hard’ Cotton

What You’ll Hear:
A fun, funky, fresh legal talk show like you’ve never heard before. Debra Rainey is a non-traditional attorney with tendencies to rant while answering listeners’ legal questions. The entire For the People (FTP) Family joins in the discussion too.  Listeners are drawn in by the freewheeling personalities and animated discussions that makes each FTP one hell of a show! 
Their Favorite Part of Hosting This Show:
The FTP Family likes hosting this show because it is the anti-legal talk show; the only of its kind. The entire FTP Fam plays a role in producing every episode. We enjoy hearing from our audience and touching folks’ lives and spirits with this authentic, raw and enlightening show! Our crew is representative of “We the people!” You can follow For The People on Facebook and Twitter.

For The People is just one of many unique shows on G-town Radio. Your support keeps them on the air and allows us to keep expanding our programming. Thank you for your support.

Fund Drive Update #1: Have Ya Heard? Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 November 2013

We got off to a decent enough start for our 2013 Fund Drive (13% of our goal of $7500) but we still have a lot of ground to cover. Supporting us right now will only take a few minutes when you visit the Donate page of our website (http://gtownradio.com/donate). We have big ambitions for G-town Radio and all of NW Philadelphia but we can't do it without you.

We have a lot of great shows on G-town Radio that produce content you won't find elsewhere. Over the next few weeks we are going to introduce you to some of them in a series we are calling Have Ya Heard?. First up is Places&Spaces.


Show: Places&Spaces (taken from a Donald Byrd album of the same name)
When: Sundays 6-8 PM
Hosts: DJ Aura & Ciarra

What You'll Hear:
When people tune in to Places&Spaces they'll hear awesome music from the worlds of soul, hip-hop, r&b, and broken-beat. We also talk about community issues as well as national & international issues. You'll get caught up on the latest occurrences in celebrity news. But most importantly the commentary you'll hear will be from a black feminist community-centered perspective.

Their Favorite Part of Hosting This Show:
Places&Spaces is the audio version of a magazine we would LOVE to read. It effortlessly blends music, art, & politics. Places&Spaces is a haven for the nerdy-artsy type; it gives them the fuel they need to get through the week. Please LIKE Places&Spaces on FACEBOOK!!!!

Aura is just one of many passionate volunteers at G-town Radio. Your support keeps them on the air and allows us to keep expanding our programming. For that we are thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Say No to Shopping, Yes to Listening (11/29) Print E-mail
Monday, 25 November 2013


G-town Radio is very proud to be a host site for the National Day of Listening this Friday, November 29 starting at 10 AM. The purpose is to take a few minutes to record an interview with a loved one. This year we are adding a twist. Photographer Tieshka Smith will be on hand to take portraits until 1 PM. Interviews will be recorded until 3 PM.

We encourage current and former Germantown residents to bring an item that personally embodies or symbolizes Germantown (paraphernalia of all kinds, like T-shirts, photos, buttons, vintage signage, anything that has a Germantown connection). All segments will be submitted to the main Story Corps website.

If you want to participate but can't make those times feel free to contact Tom Casetta ( This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it / 215-906-8658) to schedule an appointment. Tieshka Smith is also hosting open portrait sessions for anyone to stop by. Learn more here.

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone.

The 2013 Fund Drive Is On. Support Today Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 November 2013
G-town Radio is in the midst of its third annual fund drive and we need your help. 2013 has been a year of great opportunities and progress. We've added new shows; helped revitalize our block with a big summer party; featured the work of local artists in our studio; and welcomed hundreds of guests on-air to share news not covered elsewhere.
We've reached more people than ever before but our biggest opportunity yet lies ahead. We've applied to the FCC to obtain an FM license. This change would dramatically increase the number of people from all walks of life who could participate in true community radio.

One thing not changing is our mission. That's why we need your support right now. G-town Radio has a fundraising goal of seven thousand five hundred dollars by the end of 2013. This will cover all existing costs for the year and put us in an excellent position for 2014.

To make a tax deductible gift visit the Donate page of our website (gtownradio.com/donate). There you can make a secure donation online or learn how to pay by check. Donate as much or as little as you want and please consider a subscription donation. Take a few moments today and make G-town Radio’s third annual fund drive a success. 
Come Party on the Mall This Saturday (10/19) Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 October 2013


Maplewood Mall invites you back for another party to celebrate the Fall in fine fashion. Music, games, food, vendors and lots of fun from noon to 5 PM. G-town Radio DJ's will be holding it down out front and we'll have an open house to tour our studio. Come on by for what is looking like a perfect autumn afternoon. See you then.

Hear G-town Radio on NPR (8/3/2013) Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 August 2013


G-town Radio was featured in a story about Low Power FM (LPFM) on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday program. Click through to listen to the story here. Special thanks to reporter and Germantown resident Keith Brand for including us in this story.

Reimagine Maplewood Mall! Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 June 2013


G-town Radio, Germantown United CDC, and friends invite you to re-imagine Maplewood Mall as a thriving place to shop and socialize. On Saturday, June 22 the mall will become an open air cafe/block party for the entire family. This free event will offer live music, food to purchase and entertainment for children. The mission is to give families and neighbors a nice night out in Germantown AND engage with residents to re-imagine what the Maplewood Mall could be. To emphasize the theme of re-imagining we are working with several local artists to transform what we see and how we think about the space.

In addition to the opportunity to meet many G-Town Radio programmers and check out our studio, there will also be live DJ sets from DJ Aura of Places & Spaces, SupaTang of Yard2Yard Rewind and DJ Ranztron of the Mt. Airy Groove, plus an enigmatic rock performance from our very own FEWSH!  

The festive environment will create an atmosphere not seen in Maplewood Mall for a very long time.  The party starts at 4 PM and lasts until 8:30 PM.  See you there!

How Much Is That Renny In The Window, Week 1 Print E-mail
Monday, 11 March 2013


How Much Is That Renny In The Window? is a series of weekly installations in G-town Radio's front window. Artist Renny Molenaar will create a new installation each Monday for the next six months. Be sure to stroll by each week to see what he's created. Here are some images from week 1 which ran from 3/4/13 to 3/11/13.

Our 2012 Fund Drive Is On! Print E-mail
Monday, 26 November 2012
It's Fund Drive time again at G-town Radio and we need your support to make it a success. It's quick and incredibly important. We're looking for 500 people to donate $10. Visit our Donate page for a note from Station Manager Jim Bear and links to donate online and directions to pay by check. G-town Radio is a tax exempt non-profit and all donations are tax deductible. Please be one of our Fantastic 500 today!
Ring in the Holiday Season in Historic Germantown Print E-mail
Monday, 26 November 2012


Join Historic Germantown during the month of December as we celebrate the holidays with a wide array of fun, family friendly programs! Listen to traditional stories, sing carols and see the holiday decorations at the historic sites in Freedom's Backyard.


On Saturday December 1st from 2-4PM visit Stenton, located at 4601 North 18th Street, for their annual Holiday Tea where you can enjoy light refreshments and make a holiday craft. To reserve your space call 215.329.7312.


Keep the spirit going on December 8th at Grumblethorpe for their Holiday Open House from 1 - 4 pm. Enjoy craft workshops, refreshments and get your picture taken with Santa! Cost is $5 per person, $12 for a family OR bring donation of travel-size personal care items (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.) for the charity drive Germantown Gives! There is a small fee for crafts & ginger-bread houses. Grumblethorpe is located at 5267 Germantown Avenue. For more information call 215.880.8620.


Continue your festivities at the Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust as they host Christmas Carols in the Meetinghouse on December 8th at 6 pm. The 18th century meetinghouse is located at 6133 Germantown Avenue and the event is FREE and open to the public.


Also on December 8th the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, located at 200 West Tulpehocken Street, hosts their annual Dickens Christmas Party from 2 - 5pm. Hear Christmas readings from Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott and Clement Moore and tour the decorated mansion. Tickets are $18 per person. Continue the merriment at the mansion with An Evening with Charles Dickens at 7 PM. Learn about Charles Dickens from expert Ed Pettit and hear Josh Hitchens in his one man rendition of A Christmas Carol. Tickets are $35 and reservations can be made by calling 215.438.1861 or at www.ebenezermaxwellmansion.org.


Visit the Awbury Arboretum on 1 Awbury Road on Friday December 14th from 5 - 8pm for an Open House and Holiday Sing-A-Long. Enjoy refreshments, a model train display, children's crafts and sing-a-long to some of your favorite holiday tunes. For more information about this FREEevent call 215.849.2855.


Wrap up your holiday celebrations at the Johnson House, located at 6306 Germantown Avenue, at the Kwanzaa Celebration on December 27th from 6 - 8pm. The program features African storytelling and drumming. For more information call 215.438.1768. 


Historic Germantown is a consortium of fifteen cultural and historic sites located in Northwest Philadelphia. Our members range from historic houses to an art museum and arboretum. The mission of Historic Germantown is to foster an appreciation of the diverse character and meaning of our cultural heritage in order to preserve and revitalize our community. To this end, we cooperate in providing knowledge and resources to help preserve Germantown's historic sites, interpret them to the public, and incorporate them into the life of the local community.

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