Community Broadband Radio Association Inc
NORTH PORT FL 34287-1934
Building Community Through Open Communication
CEO/Executive Director Robert John Malloy
Board Chair Mr Lawrence Sparky Bobo
Board Chair Affiliation Realtor
General Info
Organization DBA
WKDW 97.5 FM
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes Jan 2018
Financial Summary
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 in 2012 to a FCC licensed FM low power broadcast station in spring of 2016.  We now reach those in the community who may be the most vulnerable through the airwaves.
  1. WKDW 97.5 FM and now has more than 40 locally produced programs giving listeners 24/7 of radio volunteer produced programming which has impacted all aspects of the community including government, non-profit, business and civic organizations as well as citizens of the community and the surrounding areas.  Also, greater local artist participation and supplied volunteer music has allowed our music library to expand and grow.

  2. WKDW 97.5 FM is now an ABC radio news affiliate with first shows being aired September 2017..

  3. To further strengthen our commitment as community radio, WDKW 97.5 FM is a regional emergency broadcast radio operating center working hand in hand with the Ham operators and local authorities..

Top 5 Goals

  1. We will continue to develop and promote Real Community Radio through community outreach by providing charitable non-profit and public service organizations including foundations, educators, the performing arts, associations and clubs  along with local Government an important invaluable tool, a broadcast platform, to help them reach 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. Expand current broadband partnerships under Community Broadband Radio Association.

  5. Develop live broadcast capabilities to bring those events to those unable to attend and keep the community in the know.

Needs Statement
  1. Antenna/Repeater to strengthen our signal   Budget $9,500

  2. Desk Computers/Office Furniture/Software/Office Equipment  Budget $7,000

  3. New Broadcast Microphones to meet FM analog specifications + live remote broadcast equipment and power backup..  Budget $9,000

  4. Phone/Call In System  Budget $3000

  5. Emergency Broadcast Kit for broadcasting North Port Fire Department emergencies.  Budget $6,000

Background Statement

WKDW 97.5FM, and Irish World Radio feature a diverse mix of locally only produced programming and events generated by the folks of the community covering such topics as the arts, culture, music, civic and history.  We rely on 100% non- paid volunteers, the support of our citizens and civic organizations to bring Real Community Radio to our broadcasting area now and for future generations to come. Citizens are empowered and strongly encouraged to actively participate by volunteering time and talents.  Whether its a talk show to start the conversation about the important topics affecting our daily lives or an eclectic music program, WKDW 97.5 FM, Irish World Radio and provide 24/7 of community home grown programming to enrich the lives of our citizens, businesses, educators and civic organizations.

To further our community outreach in 2015, 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.  Within a short time, we became and have remained a "must perform there" house for musicians touring the states from Ireland.  We are also a safe place for community meetings and classes.
This accomplished through the association with Community Broadband Radio Association, Inc.,, WKDW 97.5 FM and  The CBRA 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 Radio Association, Inc.  The CBRA will provide facilities, community access, training and education to design, develop and operate community broadband and low power radio stations while continuing to foster cooperation and communication among media, government, businesses and individuals withing the community served. 

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments We currently serve the following areas and Cities of North Port, Englewood, Port Charlotte, Venice, Nokomis, DeSoto, Boca Grande and Punta Gorda and all areas in between.  .
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.  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 have 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 are 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 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 fifty miles from the station.  Local radio is an 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.  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

Building Community through Open Communication. That’s what Brian Heron, grandson of the 1916 Irish Rebellion leader James Connolly scrawled across the back of our bar bill at the Celtic Ray over 6 years ago. Communication, he insisted, was meaningless and useless unless it encompassed everything and everyone. Community, he said, could only form and hold together if that communication was open and available. And Brian should know, as he was the founder of the Irish Arts Center in New York and the Celtic Art Center in Hollywood, CA. Surprisingly his evaluation of those centers of Irish community was that they were limited at best because they only included Irish thought. There was much more to be done in the realm of community organization and he was perplexed. How do we get beyond our own echo chambers of like-minded friends and get to some real conversation and change. Larry Maurer, long time friend and techno-geek joined the discussion with the fateful statement, “We should do internet radio and broadcast to the world.”

And so here we are today, I am writing this in my office in North Port and looking out my window I can see the 85'' tower and dual antennae pushing out 24/7 news, talk, local music and everything else we can convert to audio on WKDW 97.5 FM. A custom server is sitting in Phoenix, Arizona connected directly to the fiber optic backbone and providing unlimited bandwidth for internet listeners on On my desk is a letter from an MP in Belfast, Ireland thanking us for our Irish World Radio project ( where we broadband all of the music and commentary that is banned from broadcast in Northern Ireland.

We have found that open communication is the essential ingredient to compromise and mediation. But in order to find the true middle ground, we have to examine and understand the extreme sides. That required a solid commitment to respectful free speech. The overriding concept is that while I personally may not like what you have to say, I will defend your right to say it respectfully. And by allowing you to say it, I also need to be committed to truly hearing what you have said. In return, you need to allow me the same. It turns out that this is not that difficult a process.

Which brings us back to radio, both internet and FM. It is both a powerful tool to build community and a terrible weapon that can be used to destroy it. So the quest becomes sacred in nature, do we build or destroy. It is a labor of love and we choose to build.

RJ Malloy
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, Venice, Englewood Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda and surrounding community as well as the global community through the internet, as 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 over 40 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,  Florida Weekly, Visitors and Arts organizations.

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  was constructed in December allowing us to reach Venice to Punta Gorda.

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.  As we continue to grow our membership, we will reach out through surveys to monitor our programs through direct feedback.
Program Success Examples

1. Growth from 10 volunteers in 2014 to over 55 as of June 2017.

2. Growth in local produced programs from 8 in 2014 to 40 as of June 2017.

3. Received FCC license to broadcast on low power FM in spring of 2015. Began Test broadcasting in spring of 2016 and became fully FCC FM Station May 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. Received booster antenna through donation in  May 2017.
5. Working with the non profits that uses our broadcast abilities to communicate to the community. 
6.  Broadcast live the City of North Port Fourth of July Event through cooperative efforts with the City. 
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, community organizations and non-profits. 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 Robert John Malloy
CEO Term Start Jan 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email
RJ Malloy is an attorney that help found and has committed time, effort and money to make this all volunteer non profit successful.  Mr. Malloy's experience in the legal field has kept CBRA focused on the mission and support of the community.   
Mr. Malloy is non-paid, however, acts as CBRA Executive and Station Manager, and is governed by the Board of Directors. 
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 55
Management Reports to Board Yes
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, Friends of Sharon Staub Library Literacy Groups and Non-Profits.  PSA announcements for the community and non-profits.

External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization As we grow with volunteers, the challenge has been for proper training.  We do have job descriptions for all volunteers.  However, to address this growing need for specialized areas, we are cross training volunteers in many areas including tech, editing, admin.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization Our all volunteer community radio station, WKDW 97.5FM  "Builds Community by Open Communication".
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 Malhman American Broadcasting Corporation
Mr Robert J Malloy Arbitrator/Mediator
Mr Joe Morea Retired Supervisor
Mr Rich Suggs Co-Owner Suggs Group ( Accountant)
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 14
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
Governance Comments by Organization CBRA boards commitment  is to sustainability  as its primary focus.  Station Manager/non paid Executive Director R. J. Malloy (Attorney) and Asst. Station Manager Joe Morea along with committee chairs report to the board.  All members of the board are on board of the mission, vision, and commitment needed for our all volunteer organization.  We believe we have a strong board and are committed to continued strength and success.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
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 No
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 Sept 2017 to June 2018
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of July 2017
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$15,614$42,638$9,106
Administration Expense$7,157$2,214$1,002
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.010.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses69%126%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%--0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$60,027$42,638$3,275
Current Assets$19,603$2,214$829
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$60
Current Liabilities$32,543$21,233$25,732
Total Net Assets$27,484$21,405($22,517)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $13,3310 $0Contributions, gifts, grants $6,640
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountTicket Sales $8,8470 $0Other $1,023
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $4,9200 $0Program Service Revenue $995
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.600.100.03
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%2%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Being a FCC regulated community radio station, we are not allowed to advertise for businesses.  With tech equipment continually needing repair or replacement, we are always looking for ways to keep us up and running.  Through sponsors for shows, supporters of the radio station, membership, and Common Grounds Events, where many times the performers donate back their fee, and in kind donations, along with the 24 Hour Giving Challenge shot in the arm, we have been able to sustain.  We are continually advocating for support.  Our volunteers not only help with their time, but many donate financial and in kind support.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations as the organization files a 990-N. For 2016, no detail is currently available for income and expense.
Nonprofit Community Broadband Radio Association Inc
Address 12737 TAMIAMI TRL S
NORTH PORT, FL 34287 1934
Phone 941 564-8739