Linic Posis

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Vers Libre is an independent radio station based in Bergen, Norway.
Inspired by freeform radio, Vers Libre is a move away from commercial broadcasting which allows the DJs to decide, and control the content of their shows.
We are giving listeners a fresh new alternative, a chance to hear content you won't necessarily find on other stations or through streaming music services. DJs and show hosts passionate about their work, creating content for listeners which also contributes to a cultural and creative community.
You might hear shows with music, interviews, musician studio sessions, live broadcasts from local festivals, live events, poetry readings, field recordings, or artist sound installations. That's what will make us unique! And the name Vers Libre actually means ‘free verse' or 'freedom'.
The result? Complete diversity! A new radio platform which both supports and nurtures creativity, and which inspires and surprises it’s listeners.
To ensure the radio station is fully accessible, we’re broadcasting via the internet. Nice and simple!
You'll be able to listen live via the website, at home or at work. On mobile devices using popular radio apps, which means you can listen in the car, or on the bus. We'll also be broadcasting on Facebook live so you can see and chat with the DJs. Internet broadcasting means more versatility.
And to top it all off, the shows will be available to stream on demand. So you can listen when, and where you like.
The aim is to build a community around the station, a station made up of DJs, musicians, artists, and listeners. This is what will set us apart from the existing competition. I want to give people something fresh and exciting, something they can feel a part of. So whilst the focus is local, internet radio means a potentially international audience.
It’s taken almost a year of planning and preparation, but after a lot of hard work, Vers Libre is almost ready to launch. We now have a studio space in central Bergen, which is basic but has lots of potential.
The studio space. Amazing location, but work i progress!Sketches by interior design students from a local college.Sketches by interior design students from a local college.
Your contribution will help finish building the studio, and buying the remaining equipment that we'll need. And to say thank you, we have some attractive rewards!
Thanks so much for taking an interest in Vers Libre, and supporting my campaign for a new independent internet radio station in Bergen!
Photo credit: Simon James - Poets.
Photo credit: Sindre Sommerfelt - HK student workshop.
Thanks to interior and graphic design students of Høyskole Kristiania for their designs.

Risks and challenges

This is a challenging project. Essentially, I want to establish a new style of radio station without any advertising revenue, which will serve not only the creatively diverse people who will use it, but its listeners in a way perhaps some broadcasters today cannot. The station will cover the costs of music rights and provide a platform for DJs and hosts to decide the content of their own shows. We want to give listeners an exciting and engaging experience full of possibilities.
So yes! It's a bold and ambitious undertaking!
The risks we'll face are mostly financial once we are up and running. Not to mention building up the hopes of so many interested people!
But over the last year, I've received great advice and guidance not only from friends and colleagues, but from the community of other international independent radio stations I've contacted. They have all generously shared their experiences, insights and advice.
Plus by speaking to other stations and business advisors, I've found out ways to we can survive financially through new funding models and grants. Like many independent stations, DJs and hosts will contribute a small amount per show to keep the station running but in return we'll promote them, provide the studio and equipment and cover the costs of music rights.
Yes, there are risks and challenges. But what I hear people say most often is... ‘We need this!’ which means it's absolutely a challenge worth facing.
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