New capabilities for island radio and TV station

KISL is Catalina Island’s very own radio station and television content producer, and thanks to the Catalina Island Foundation, it will soon have new capabilities for archiving, replaying, and making its programs available to future audiences.

KISL is Catalina Island’s very own radio station and television content producer, and thanks to the Catalina Island Foundation, it will soon have new capabilities for archiving, replaying, and making its programs available to future audiences.

A local independent public station, KISL has been serving the community of Catalina Island since 1998. Fully owned and operated by the Catalina Island Performing Arts Foundation, KISL expands upon the Arts Foundation’s mission to promote the arts to the residents and visitors of Catalina by providing direct access to the community’s very own radio and television station. “KISL provides a forum, a voice, and a learning opportunity to connect individuals, organizations, events and anyone who wishes to share with the community on Catalina Island,” said Dave Markowitz, one of KISL’s directors.

KISL broadcasts on 88.7 FM reaching the Avalon community.

It also streams live audio on the Internet, reaching anyone in the world with an Internet connection. In 2012 KISL partnered with Catalina Broadband Solutions, the local cable provider, and is in its second year producing a weekly live TV show for the community by the Avalon High School TV Club and other volunteers.

The content created for the radio and TV programming is produced by community members: students, teachers, working professionals, retirees and everyone in between.

“One hundred percent of the labor which supports the station, from the station manager and station engineer to the DJs, content producers, and students, is volunteered. Everyone involved contributes their time and effort to the productivity of the station for the experience, education, community service and, of course, because they enjoy it,” said Jordan Monroe.

Cliff Hague, a director and one of the founders of the new Catalina Island Foundation, said: “KISL is really an island treasure.  It is our pleasure to support their organization and its good works through acquiring advanced equipment to take them to an even higher level of professionalism.”

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