(Posted Oct. 18, 2012)
Madison County Youth Center Inc. (MAYCI) has proudly served Madison County since the late 1990s and continues that tradition into the 2012-13 high school sports season.
Last year, the after-school program that MAYCI ran for several years lost some key volunteers. As a result, the after-school program was regretfully shut down.
With the loss of the after-school program the focus for MAYCI was in question for some but never for Rick Hartman and Ron Otto. These two have been running the local radio station from the Armory youth center in London for several years and have never wavered in their dedication to Madison County high school sports.
In 2012, Hartman stepped into the role of general manager for the radio station and has established a new vision. The radio station has been newly named ReadyFM, while keeping the call sign WCYC-LP 105.1 FM. The station has acquired new equipment which has greatly improved the broadcasting quality and allows the ReadyFM team to better cover games at Madison-Plains, West Jefferson and London high schools. In addition to broadcasting 24/7 over the radio, ReadyFM can now be heard over the internet 24/7 at ReadyFM.com.
(Tune in at 7:30 p.m. Fridays for live coverage of theGame of the Week. Next up is Madison-Plains vs. London on Oct. 26. Podcasts of the game coverage are available on the website starting Saturday mornings.)
Additionally, ReadyFM has added new personnel and programming. The focus is not only on high school sports but also local talent as indicated with the Saturday morning shows,Wood Working with Ralph Jones andThe Independent Showcase with John Darlington.The Independent Showcase spotlights local and national musical talent and provides an opportunity for the artists to introduce themselves to Madison County and the world.Bottom line, ReadyFM, our own local radio station, has stepped up to be the voice of Madison County. Tune-in on WCYC-LP 105.1 FM or over the internet at http://www.readyfm.com/. For information on programming, visit readyfm.com.
MAYCI is still a non-profit organization, and we continue to be dependent on contributions to operate. Items needed include:
• Broadcasters and support personnel. If you are interested in broadcasting or getting involved behind the scenes (sales, programming, special events), we are always looking for energetic volunteers.
• Kroger. if you shop at Kroger and dont have an organization selected undercommunity support on your Kroger profile, please visit http://www.readyfm.com/ for instructions on how to select MAYCI. This doesnt cost anything and allows MAYCI to automatically benefit from your shopping. Please note that this selection must be updated every May; it is not automatically renewed.
• Computers. If youve recently upgraded and have a working system sitting around collecting dust, please consider donating it to the radio station.
• Coke reward numbers. If you drink Coke products but dont collect or enter the reward numbers, consider giving us the plastic bottle caps or box tabs.
• Aluminum cans. We recycle. If you dont and would like to support the radio station, consider dropping off your cans between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Armory, 15 E. Second St., London. Call for a drop-off appointment, (740) 248-1108.
Robert Graber is a volunteer with the MAYCI Center and Radio Station.