Community Broadband Radio Association Inc
NORTH PORT FL 34287-1934
Building Community Through Open Communication
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr Lawrence Sparky Bobo
Board Chair Affiliation Realtor
General Info
Organization DBA
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2017
State Registration Yes Apr 2017
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $25,000.00
Projected Expenses $40,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

3 Major Accomplishments

WKDW 97.5 FM  reaches  South Sarasota to Punta Gorda since expanding from internet broadband to a FCC licensed FM full power broadcast station.
  1. WKDW 97.5 FM and now has more than 40 locally produced programs because the development of new programming provided a new host of volunteers giving listeners over 75 hours of "home grown" shows.  Also, greater local artist participation and supplied volunteer music has allowed our music library to expand and grow.

  2. We continue to develop and nurture key partnerships with the City of North Port,  local Chambers of Commerce, the North Port Sun, and various other non-profit and civic organizations.

  3. To further strengthen our commitment to real community radio by offering a media outlet for local non-profit and civic organizations to promote  their community events through PSAs and share their ongoing services to the community.

Top 5 Goals

  1. Continue to develop and promote Real Community Radio through community outreach by providing charitable non-profit and public service organizations, educators, the performing arts, community associations and clubs a broadcast platform, an important invaluable tool to help them reach out and strengthen ties with the communities they serve.  

  2. The McGuiness School of Broadcasting for nonprofit community public radio offers students and area citizens an opportunity for an education in the art of broadcasting and all its aspects including FM broadcasting, broadband, production, audio engineering, station management and the use of new technology such as social media.

  3. Implement a Community Emergency Alert System using WKDW 97.5 FM as a Live Emergency Alert System as it relates to important community emergency and public safety events. Maintain support and cooperation with local Ham radio operators as well as provide facilities for training.

  4. “The Barking Frog” is a full audio/video production studio equipped with the latest technology and offers excellent service and attention to details is now available to community organizations, businesses, educators, civic groups and local musicians. 

  5. Expand current broadband partnerships under the Community Broadband Radio Association. 

Needs Statement
  1. Extended FM Broadcast Tower to insure full range of FCC license. Budget $15,000

  2. Isolation Transformer. Budget $350

  3. New Broadcast Microphones to meet FM analog specifications. Budget $500

  4. Improve sound proofing of Studio A. Budget $1,500

  5. Emergency Broadcast Kit for broadcasting North Port Fire Department emergencies. Budget $3,000

Background Statement

R.J. Malloy founded this project with the vision that we could Build Community through Open Communication in the North Port and surrounding area. Through the help of our many volunteers we are starting to see that vision come true.

Our profile would be wholly incomplete without some history of how all of this got started. Six years ago, four friends with diverse careers and backgrounds were exploring the meaning of life over a few beers at the pub and one of us (who shall remain unnamed) said, “Why don't we develop an internet radio station as a community organizing tool.” That sounds like a good idea today, but six years ago there was no such thing as “internet radio.” Music streaming was in its infancy and the technology to create a consistent streaming feed was non-existent. The few commercial web sites offering streaming suffered from limited bandwidth and limited total listeners. We were told that it just wasn't possible. Not to let facts dampen the dream, the group set about creating the software, hardware and process to produce an unlimited bandwidth feed. Three years later we were running a full duplex, stereo stream with unlimited bandwidth and no limit to the number of users.

Next up was programming. We believe that all community programming should originate in the community it serves. We were told that we would never get people to consistently produce shows. Not to let facts deter us, in six months we were running 24/7 programming and local music with 20+ volunteers. Today we have 30+ show hosts and volunteers. Then we were told we would never get enough listeners or donations. An inconvenient fact. Today we average 500+ local listeners per hour on the stream and 4,600 listeners per hour on our Irish World Radio project.

And finally, against the advice of experts, we opened The Common Grounds Meeting Hall, a premier, state-of-the-art performance hall with major folk, blues and Irish touring bands playing to standing room only. In just a short time, we have become a “must perform there” house for musicians touring the states from Ireland and we are a safe place for community meetings and classes. And it all started with four friends who ignored the facts and refused to dilute the vision of community

The Community Broadband Association Inc., is a non-profit, listener supported FM and internet broadband community radio station operating in North Port, Florida and is organized with the State of Florida as Community Broadband Association Inc.- a Non Profit Corporation.

Our core mission is “Building Community through Open Communication. WKDW 97.5FM/, features only locally produced programming and events generated by the citizens of the community. We offer a wide variety of community supported programs covering the Arts, Culture, Music, Civic and Historical topics. We rely on 100% non- paid volunteers, the support of our citizenry, and civic organizations to bring Real Community Radio to and for the greater good of our broadcasting area.

It is the intent of the Community Broadband Association Inc. to provide facilities, community access, training and education, to design, develop and operate community broadband and low power broadcast radio stations. To promote cooperation among media, government, business and individuals to foster communication within the community served.

The Community Broadband Association Inc. shall at all times foster and promote non-partisan and community based education, communication and programming.

By Building Community through Open Communication, the Community Broadband Association Inc., through WKDW 97.5 FM and, uses the power of broadcasting to reach out to our local community. Citizens are empowered to actively participate by volunteering their time and talents to communicating the important topics of the day affecting their everyday lives. We partner with Civic government, Non Profit organizations, charitable groups, the Performing Arts, and the Chamber business community.

In the short time since and now WKDW 97.5 FM Radio has been in existence we have seen tremendous growth and have made an impact on our community. We have seen that in our programming as well in the growth of our staff of volunteers.

Each week WKDW 97.5 FM and provides over 75 hours of community based and locally produced programming. Through our programs we are enriching the lives of our citizens, businesses, civic organizations, and educators in our community.

Programs that have impacted our community cover a variety of topics, from history, art and culture, business, music and culinary.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments Cities of North Port, Englewood, Port Charlotte, Venice, and Punta Gorda in SW Florida
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Lawrence “Sparky” Bobo

My belief is for my Community to network, whether it is with businesses, individuals, Community leaders, or at the market. Successful people communicate with each other. My career includes work in Florida Coastal Zone Planning, Economic Development, Non-profit management, and sales of intangible and tangible products and services. For 10 years I helped form & manage two Non-profit organizations in Miami and later served on the Board of a Non-profit Healthcare Association.

My awareness of CBRA/WKDW/ came from networking at the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce when a Chamber Member said, “do you know North Port has a radio station? In fact, I am thinking about having a Program soon...” I asked “where is the Station, who runs it and what is there phone number?” My involvement was compelling & here we are!

WKDW/KDWRadio has no paid positions; we are an organization of Volunteers. We are fortunate to have our Station Manager, R. J. Malloy who has with some faithful friends, and with much dedication and Love, birthed this Community Radio Station. Time and efforts for Programming, Development, Marketing and Public Relations is done by people who just love what they’re doing. Programs are very eclectic, just like the North Port Area. Program Hosts play the kind of music they love, music not to be found on the mass media stations, or they create talk shows focused on our North Port Area of Sarasota & Charlotte Counties. WKDW/ is listened to worldwide on the web at & we get comments globally. Our Signal on 97.5 FM air extends three miles from the station & plans are to expand to ten miles. Local radio is important and rare, because, as you know, these days most radio stations have absentee corporate owners and no knowledge of or concern for our local community.

Our Board of Directors, besides the normal board governance and oversight, makes sure we continue true to our mission, which is expressed on our website:

“… Community radio is about building and supporting the well-being and positive growth of our area. It’s about communicating ideas, concerns, differences of opinion, health and financial issues, and the art and music of the community.

In other words, we try to foster community. We hold and host Community events, lectures, discussions, interview shows and live music events to inform, entertain and bring people together so we may all get to know one another, solve problems and learn from each other. We give airtime to many local Non-profits, helping them to reach a wider audience. As we grow, we will offer free training in the techniques of broadcasting and reporting.

As Chairman, I believe WKDW Radio/ is a treasure for North Port residents because we are a listener-supported radio station. Accept this Open Invitation for you to Visit our station, Donate, Volunteer, and Help us make the North Port Area a Real Radio Communicating Community!


Statement from the CEO/Executive Director


Through the Community Broadband Radio Association Inc. we offer as our internet broadband program. offers all the same programming as broadcast on WKDW 97.5 FM. Servicing the North Port community as well as the global community through the internet, many of our loyal listeners can continue to enjoy their community radio experience while residing in other locations around the world.


CBRA created and manages from Dublin, Ireland that has a listening audience of 4,000 per day.

Irish world radio gives voice to Irish music, poetry, prose, thought and culture.

Unitarian Universal Church radio (UURadio1) broadcast is hosted through the CBRA server. The Church staff received training to connect for broadband access to foster their mission to maintain an ongoing audio outreach sharing basic principles shared by many Unitarian Universalists and religious progressives.

Budget $5,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Broadcasting
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Adults US& International
Short Term Success

Over the last 6 months we have added another 12 locally produced programs covering a wide variety of talk shows and music programs. This success is the direct result of our volunteer outreach, support of local businesses and newspaper coverage by the Sun News organization.

Below are samples of our continuous feedback from our broadband listeners.

Patricia Petersmark reviewed KDWRadio.com5 star

June 13 ·

Happy to have this radio station in NP. Thanks to Gale West for allowing me to do a 1/2 hour show with her all about Back Pack Angels. I am proud to be a part of BPA and let all of NP know about us & the hygiene products we collect for the homeless/needy kids in NP. Thanks for the help I received from the sound man & all connected to KDW.


Diane Castellano reviewed KDWRadio.com5 star

March 28 ·

It was such a pleasure to meet RJ Malloy and Rich Suggs. A Wonderful addition to North Port


Ginger Hussey reviewed KDWRadio.com5 star

March 30, 2015 ·

Love the oldies and joke of the day! Everyone at the station works so hard and it is paying off. Good luck!


Tom Kel reviewed KDWRadio.com5 star

May 2, 2015 ·

It was a pleasure to meet with KDWRADIO-RJ Malloy & Joe Morea at the North Port Welcome WKDW-97.5FM table this morning . They are community mined in serving the interests our North Port community. I wish them much success.

Regards Tom Kelly.

Long Term Success

In the spring of 2016 we added FM broadcasting to our stable as a way to Build Community Through Open Communication. We were only able to operate in Test mode until we could secure funds to build the full range tower granted by the FCC in our license.

That goal has now been reached. Our new 85 foot tower will be constructed in September allowing us to reach Venice to North Fort Myers. See Face Book posting below.

Published by Marie Stanich LaBrosse · August 11 at 12:28am ·

This is the man ...Peter West....Peter's company Bishop West Realty sponsored the new radio 85' tower providing a check for $15,000. WKDW 97.5FM all volunteer staff and our community can't thank Peter and his company enough. Community Broadband Radio Association, Inc. aka WKDW 97.5 FM/ are living our mission statement: Building Community through Open Communication

This is a direct result of our outreach programs especially “Open Mic Night” which is a 4 hour live FM broadcast that allows local musicians, poets, and artists to perform before a live audience.

“Open Mic” Night has been nominated for “Creative Loafing Magazine” as the 2016 Best of the Bay in the “Open Mic Night Category.

Program Success Monitoring We use Stat Counter to monitor our webcast listeners as well as log our community feedback on Face Book and emails. We also measure our success by our growth which comes from the people, businesses and organizations in the community. This is shown by the growth of our staff of volunteers as well as the growth in the locally produced programs we offer through and WKDW 97.5 FM
Program Success Examples

1. Growth from 10 volunteers in 2014 to 30 as of June 2016.

2. Growth in local produced programs from 8 in 2014 to 22 as of June 2016.

3. Received FCC license to broadcast on low power FM in spring of 2015. Began Test broadcasting in spring of 2016.
4. Received donation of $15,000 by Bishop West Real Estate in July 2016 to help construct new 85 foot tower to increase our FM broadcast to the full 12 mile range of our FCC license. This was one of our major fund raising goals and it came from a local North Port business.
5. Working with the "Back Pack Angels' from a local Methodist Church that uses our broadcast abilities to communicate to the community. 
Program Comments by Organization

We broadcast over (75) hours of locally produced programming each week. In addition we provide continuous music during non- show hours, including many local musicians and their original compositions. Our produced programs cover local politics, community arts, food and nutrition as well as local history, business, and community information. They include in depth interviews with local leaders in business, government and community organizations. These programs are a resource for local views that connect people through access to public airways, internet broadband, and community meeting facilities. We offer a full variety of local programming produced by community residents as diverse as the community we serve.

Sunday programming offers a variety of church services, gospel hours and religious music and programming.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email N/A
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 0
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No

City of North Port, North Port Chamber of Commerce, Back Pack Angels,

Free Non Profit PSA announcements,  

North Port Chamber of Commerce
North Port Chamber of Commerce2011
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Continuity of Operations Plan Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Under Development
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Lawrence Sparky Bobo
Company Affiliation Realtor
Board Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr Lawrence Sparky Bobo Realtor
Mrs. Marie C LaBrosse Charlotte Well Drilling/co-owner
Mr Robert J Malloy Arbitrator/Mediator
Mr Joe Morea Retired Supervisor
Mr Rich Suggs Co-Owner Suggs Group ( Accountant)
Mr Stephen R Ulrey Retired Corporate Executive
Mrs. Gale West Former Radio Account Executive
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 2
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 94
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $25,000.00
Projected Expenses $40,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose To raise funds for equipment needs of the station as indicated on our needs list.
Campaign Goal $22,000.00
Campaign Dates July 2016 to Dec 2016
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of June 2016
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$9,106$12,706--
Administration Expense$1,002$1,356--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.860.54--
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%90%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,275$4,118--
Current Assets$829$1,167--
Long-Term Liabilities$60$0--
Current Liabilities$25,732$25,183--
Total Net Assets($22,517)($21,065)--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $6,640Contributions, gifts, grants $3,802--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $1,023Foundation & Corporate Support $2,068--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $995Other $1,617--
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.030.05--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%0%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations as the organization files a 990-N.
Nonprofit Community Broadband Radio Association Inc
Address 12737 TAMIAMI TRL S
NORTH PORT, FL 34287 1934
Phone 941 564-8739