The Georgetown Fire Department advises Georgetown Divide residents, when calling 911 from a cell phone in El Dorado County, to dial (530) 626-4911 to reach El Dorado County Central Dispatch. (That's because 911 calls are dispatched throughout the state, and when you call from a cell phone, the 911 dispatcher is unable to pinpoint a caller's exact location.) If you're calling from a house phone or another land line, 911 will suffice.
All KFOK program hosts play the music they want to play and/or talk about what they want to talk about—it's all up to the individual, not the station management—so we have a great variety of music programs and a wide array of public-interest programs, and each host shares their own perspective on music and topics. That's what KFOK Community Radio is all about!
At the January 16 meeting of the Board of Directors of the American River Folk Society, which holds the license for KFOK Community Radio, a new era began for the organization with the election of Buzz Chernoff and Kathleen Lindsen as president and vice president, respectively, of the board. Secretary Paul Firth and Treasurer Esther Offerman ran unopposed for reelection and will continue in those capacities.
The board also supported a proposal from Buzz that ARFS expand its scope of operations to embrace two initiatives to focus on promoting folk music and other performing-arts forms. In addition to continuing to oversee KFOK Community Radio operations, the board plans to increase its involvement in presenting live performances on the Georgetown Divide and beyond.
Furthermore, ARFS will once again devote much of its resources to promoting the performing arts through educational outreach in local schools and other venues. The organization plans to provide folk musicians, dancers, storytellers, and other artists for school assemblies and other events and activities to help schools inculcate cultural literacy in children as mandated in the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools.
To that end, through the early months of 2013, ARFS will organize community interest in such programs. The organization plans to hold conversations with local school administrators and teachers and other community members, as well as with artists interested in visiting local schools to share their knowledge of and passion for various performing-art forms. Then we will schedule public meetings to encourage a broad base of support for these initiatives.
The Board of Directors of the American River Folk Society, the umbrella organization for KFOK Community Radio, will elect officers for the new term at its January 16 board meeting. The board will also discuss the goals and the future of the organization. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm in the Georgetown Fire Station 61 conference room. The public is always invited to attend.