KROJ Community Radio is the Local Sound of the San Fernando Valley
KROJ 101.5 FM- Radio Ollin,
Ballet Folklorico Ollin, Inc., based in the San Fernando Valley has been selected to operate KROJ 101.5 FM-LP, a low-powered FM radio station. The highly regarded arts organization received final approval by the FCC Federal Communications Commission to go “on-the-air.” in May 2019.
The station known as “Radio Ollin,” is in partnership with other nonprofits throughout Los Angeles County to share airtime, however, Radio Ollin is the only organization that has been granted a license to operate KROJ 101.5FM-LP in the San Fernando Valley, (and may have an increased opportunity to expand broadcast hours).
Francisco Javier Verdin, the co-director of Ballet Folklorico Ollin, spearheaded the effort to include the San Fernando Valley in this venture more than six years ago when he first learned of the opportunity. After much persistence, the organization’s application was accepted in May 2016.
The Federal Communications Commission, FCC, granted construction permits to eight Los Angeles-based nonprofit organizations including Ballet Folklorico Ollin to build community radio stations in their local areas.
Verdin, with a small but mighty committee of community members, raised the seed money to hire engineers and legal counsel, secure permits, purchase first phase equipment, and install the KROJ 101.5LP-FM transmitter in Pacoima.
Radio Ollin is currently being readied to broadcast live during weekend hours from Saturday 8:00 am – 12:59 pm and 7:00 pm 11:59 pm. On Sunday, the hours are 12 am – 12:59 am, 10:00 am – 12:59 pm, 7:00
pm – 11:59 pm. The studio is currently located at 1024 N. Maclay Ave., Suite M13 in the historic City of San Fernando.
Listeners can tune In on the radio dial and via live streaming online by going to: http://cdnixon.com:8500/stream and click on Radio Ollin.
The committee is currently moving to the next phase of fundraising that will enable the San Fernando Valley community to have direct access to the airwaves by producing their own programming with a bilingual format that includes area artists, musicians, news and information, and more. We have already produced a prospective program guide.
Additional fundraising will provide studio and field radio equipment, broadcast and media training, personnel, maintenance, and site management.
Ballet Folklorico Ollin established in 1972 by Director and founder Virginia Diediker is an esteemed non-profit 501 (c) (3) cultural arts organization that provides training and education through dance, music, and culture for students of every age. With Francisco Javier Verdin, the organization is actively involved in the community and has trained thousands of young artists giving them the opportunity to perform on stages across the country with professional artists and serves as a base of support for students seeking careers in the arts.
Radio Ollin Board Of Trustees
| Angel Cervantes | Francisco Javier Verdin | Ruben Rodriguez |
| Adrian Estrada | Jesse Avila |